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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
(2009)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Rolfe Kent

Orchestrated by:
Tony Blondal
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Silva Screen Records
(November 9th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are understandably hesitant about dabbling into the romantic comedy genre for your film score collection and desire a safely pleasant and engaging score with which to start that exploration.

Avoid it... if even the upbeat personality and thematic complexity of this impressive Rolfe Kent score can't overcome the stigma of silliness that defines all music in the romantic comedy genre for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,861
WRITTEN 4/27/11
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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: (Rolfe Kent) Charles Dickens probably didn't have a womanizing Matthew McConaughey in mind when he created Ebenezer Scrooge in 1843 for his story of "A Christmas Carol," but it was adapted into an American romantic comedy film none the less in 2009. McConaughey plays a contemporary bachelor with a string of broken hearts in his wake, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past shows him visited by his girlfriends of the past, present, and future in an effort to deter him from his wayward habits. His dead uncle (Michael Douglas) sets the stage for these hauntings, and an old flame and the planner for his brother's wedding (Jennifer Garner) is the woman he's meant to be with. Nods to the Dickens tale are everywhere in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, though even these cute manipulations didn't manage to earn the movie the affection of critics. The appeal of the leads brought the film substantial gross revenue, however, and it represented yet another success in the career of composer Rolfe Kent. The British composer has made a lucrative career out of scoring romantic comedies in the 2000's, abandoning his job teaching psychology in England to eventually move to Los Angeles and become a reliable voice for the lighter side of Hollywood. He has been attached to some of the decade's largest box office powerhouses in the comedy genre, including 17 Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Up in the Air, and The Men Who Stare at Goats in 2009 alone. His nominations for a Golden Globe and Emmy may not have stemmed from such assignments, but he nevertheless tends to write solid music in such circumstances. Among his perpetual challenges is to deal with the choices of the musical directors who insert a variety of songs, vintage and contemporary, into the film ahead of (or even after) the spotting sessions, and for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past he would write music around a dozen or so songs (only some of which appearing on the compilation soundtrack for the movie, a point of contention with some listeners). Most music in this genre typically utilizes a rock or jazz ensemble with marginal orchestral accompaniment, and while that basic equation is again the case in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Kent goes beyond the normal call of duty to write a score with more unique personality than that you'll hear in similar productions. In fact, if you plan on dabbling into this genre for the first time to expand your score collection, this entry is a good, safe place to start.



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Glad to see some Kent love!
mastadge - June 12, 2011, at 2:13 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:29
• 1. Opening Title (0:45)
• 2. Kaiko Shoots Arrow (0:38)
• 3. Jenny and Connor Meet and Spar (0:56)
• 4. Uncle Wayne's Room (2:09)
• 5. Uncle Wayne's Apparition (3:11)
• 6. Jenny and Connor; Wedding Sex (1:17)
• 7. Ghost of Girlfriend Past (1:51)
• 8. The Swings, Young Jenny (3:14)
• 9. Ignoring Jenny (0:20)
• 10. Why Woo When We Can Do? (1:23)
• 11. Leaving Before Dawn (2:13)
• 12. Bar of Women (0:28)
• 13. Of Cork and Cake (1:10)
• 14. A Little Honesty (2:19)
• 15. Ghost of Girlfriend Present (1:09)
• 16. Pauly's Theme (2:43)
• 17. Rain of Tears (1:28)
• 18. Conjuring the Ghost of Future (2:36)
• 19. Panic at the Wrong Wedding (0:35)
• 20. Graveside Epiphany (3:26)
• 21. Connor Believes, But Too Late (1:29)
• 22. Pain Beats Regret (4:03)
• 23. Best Man Speech (1:31)
• 24. Jenny and Connor in the Snow (2:35)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the composer about the score.
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