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28 Days
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:
Richard Gibbs
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 16th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the performances by Loudon Wainwright III in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect anything more than droning electronic base, tired drum pad hits, and lazy rhythm loops from Richard Gibbs' score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,048
WRITTEN 5/26/00, REVISED 4/15/07
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28 Days: (Richard Gibbs) With almost laughable insincerity, 28 Days is an unrealistic Hollywood interpretation of how rehab clinics should work. Taking us on this all-too-fluffy journey is Sandra Bullock, who attempted to use the film to redirect her career to a more serious, dramatic direction. Unfortunately, the lack of true trials and temptations depicted in the plot caused audiences and critics to be unconvinced about Bullock's transition and the film bombed. Almost as anonymous as the rest of the picture was the score by Richard Gibbs, who, over the first ten years of his career, had made a living out of providing low cost scores for films that seemed to rise and fade very quickly from public view. There had been some exceptions, with Dr. Dolittle and 10 Things I Hate About You serving as major assignments, but as you can tell from those titles, Gibbs is the kind of composer who's always scoring those dumb blockbusters that are almost never remembered for their original scores. Gibbs was a founding member of Oingo Boingo, and while that involvement has led to steady work on films that don't require award-winning scores, he still hasn't been able to transcend in the industry like Danny Elfman or Steve Bartek. His music tends to be simplistic and electronically driven, led by jazzy and light rock styles, and while this overarching style works for many films by definition, it doesn't lend itself well to standalone listening. In the case of 28 Days, Gibbs' score would be completely overshadowed by the incorporation of songs in the film --not unusual in his projects-- and the same would apply to this particular film's album release. The variety of country western songs and a low-key, modest underscore causes the album to pass very quickly and without much notice, not even stirring up enough imagination to even result in the usual conflicts that arise on such combo albums.



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Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 64 3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:21
• 1. Joy to the World - performed by Three Dog Night (3:38)
• 2. D.U.I. (1:43)
• 3. Out the Window (1:48)
• 4. A Way to Die (2:16)
• 5. Heaven and Mud - performed by Loudon Wainwright III (0:25)
• 6. Can't Breathe (2:01)
• 7. Ode de Toilet (1:31)
• 8. Better than What (1:51)
• 9. The Drinking Song - performed by Loudon Wainwright III (0:51)
• 10. A Dingo Stole my Baby (1:24)
• 11. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) - performed by Otis Redding (2:41)
• 12. Impossible Not (1:50)
• 13. White Winos - performed by Loudon Wainwright III (1:09)
• 14. Eversleep/Dreaming/Mourning - performed by Loudon Wainwright III (4:46)
• 15. Fragile Package (4:14)
• 16. Lean on Me - performed by Tom Jones (4:06)

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