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An American Pickle
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Nami Melumad
Michael Giacchino

Conducted by:
Marshall Bowen

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Kryka
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WaterTower Music
(August 7th, 2020)
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Buy it... if you have no qualms about the plundering of Jewish stereotypes in music, Michael Giacchino's themes and Nami Melumad's score intelligently and humorously extending these klezmer traditions into modern absurdity.

Avoid it... if over-saturated ethnic comedy music makes your nose wrinkle up worse than the smell of a jar of pickles, this score certainly unique in its bizarre personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,968
WRITTEN 2/15/21
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An American Pickle: (Nami Melumad/Michael Giacchino) Note to self: If you want to freeze yourself in time for a hundred years to witness another century, all you need to do is allow yourself to be brined in a sealed vat of pickles. That's the premise of the Seth Rogan production An American Pickle, the preposterous comedy telling of a 1919 Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Herschel, who brings his family to America only to suffer that fate at a pickle factory. He is preserved unaged until 2019, when he awakens unharmed and seeks out his lone descendant in the country. Disappointed by the lazy app developer his grandson turns out to be, Herschel strives to resurrect his career to buy out an offensive billboard near his family's grave site. He and his grandson go to war, taking turns sabotaging each other and eventually devolving into swapping identities and deportation. The asinine humor of An American Pickle comes mostly from the "fish out of water" scenarios of a 1919 man with an expertise in pickles learning to adapt to 2019 society and fighting his extraordinary prejudices along the way. Indeed, much of the charm of the story comes from politically incorrect jokes about Jews, Russians, and the likes. Rogan plays both lead roles himself as well. With a relatively novice group of filmmakers around him, it's intriguing that composer Michael Giacchino became attached to the picture and wrote the themes for its score. To flesh out the rest of the score, he and the filmmakers approached young television composer Nami Melumad, who had submitted separately to work on the film. For Melumad, the opportunity to collaborate with Giacchino was unexpected and at first overwhelming, though their successful working relationship led them to share duties on the "Medal of Honor" video game continuation in 2020, too. Fortunately, Melumad had some experience with klezmer-styled music associated widely with Jewish culture, so she was able to adapt the more veteran composer's themes of that genre with care. It's not often you hear film scores pilfer Jewish stereotypes in a comedy setting, so the authenticity with which Giacchino and Melumad accomplish the task in An American Pickle is an entertaining diversion from the mass of mundane soundtracks generated in the era.


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95 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.38 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 18 4 Stars
*** 22 3 Stars
** 17 2 Stars
* 10 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 64:26
• 1. Workin' For Love in All the Wrong Places (4:13)
• 2. New World Problems (5:52)
• 3. A Greenbaum Family Reunion (3:35)
• 4. Seltzer Your Soul (2:14)
• 5. The Lonely Herschel Club (4:34)
• 6. Klezmer Fight Club (1:07)
• 7. Who Gives a Boop Bop (1:38)
• 8. When the Greenbaum Breaks (0:58)
• 9. Pickle Your Fancy (3:10)
• 10. Revenge of the Ben (2:55)
• 11. The Pickle Empire Strikes Back (5:19)
• 12. The Fall and Rise of Herschel's Twitter (5:45)
• 13. The Herschel You Give (1:12)
• 14. Yes You Canada (2:53)
• 15. The Greenbaum Switcheroo (2:45)
• 16. Schlepping to Schlupsk (3:24)
• 17. Joining the Kaddish (2:50)
• 18. Denouement to Be (4:00)
• 19. The Silver Brining (2:03)
• 20. Pickles, Suite or Sour (4:06)

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