CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Lost for Words

By Karol Krok lostforwords

Title: Lost for Words

Composer: Andre Matthias

The Film: In this classic star-crossed love setting, director Stanley J. Orzel tells a story of an ex-Marine falling in love with Chinese ballerina. Largely derivative and tired, Lost for Words didn't exactly spark a warm reception among critics at the time of its release back in 2013.

Distinguishing Features: Andre Matthias gets his opportunity to create a modern melodramatic score. It draws its inspiration from both Western and Eastern cultures, unsurprisingly, but creates a much more modern stew out of those ingredients. The string section brings back a more old fashioned touch, while several instrumental soloist supply the intimate aspects. Solo guitar solos from Riccardo Rocchi bring a more contemporary feel to this established love story trope (‘A New City’). Interesting is the use of various ethnic woodwinds, which in tandem with solo string instruments, create a subtle sense of exoticism (‘Yes Is Yes. No is No’). Solo soprano and chorus add a mysterious and haunting touch (‘You. I. Us. Go On a Date’ and 'Against All Odds').

Final Thoughts: Lost for Words is a subtle and refined work that brings in gentle melodies and ethnic eclecticism without succumbing to cheesiness and/or cheap melodrama. It’s a quiet and contemplative album and certainly deserves attention.

Lost for Words is out now from Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

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