Soundtrack (Film)
Frank: Music and Songs by Stephen Rennicks


4.0
excellent

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (120 Reviews)
December 10th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 09/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let's fucking live, aye?

Let’s talk movies. Specifically, movies about music. Specifically, music against conventional thinking. Specifically, the music to those movies about music about resisting conventional thinking. Frank is a lampoonery of the highest level, mimicking reality and laughing in its face. A whizzy film like that deserves an appropriately murky, yet soulful soundtrack. And the fuzzed out life-celebrating silliness of Stephen Rennicks’ musical creation fits like a warm *** to a pissed upon toilet. In between the lovely interludes playing through as the interluding scenes are playing out in a film focusing on a band just playing by.

So let’s side away all the childishly sweet “Welcome to Vetno” or “Work Begins in Earnest”, which are the songs made only to accompany their appropriate scenes, and let’s just dive straight into the head-scratchery of Frank’s musical crabbedness. From the opener “Jon’s Crap Songs” you’ll be invited to learn a slight tad of Jon the character, whom you’ll meet repeatedly throughout the album on similar a capella frigidness like “Jon Shares His Songs” or on the stylistically enriched by Frankbender’s presence itself “Jon’s Songs Changed by Frank and Clara”, assuming you don’t have the film and all of its tell-talery itself with at any time to clear out the thematic confusion these out-of-context tiny little ballads probably threw you in, also assuming you didn’t notice the big glowing ‘Soundtrack’ inscription above.

Outside of those types of anti-music, if I may so call them, there is an assemblage of uniquely, distinctly, memorably off-colour, oddments of tracks that build together the film’s psychotropic plot. Ridiculous, mindless oddities like “Secure the Galactic Perimeter”, the softness of “Lighthouse Keeper”, the striking catchiness of “Ginger Crouton” or the adventurous wilderness of “Creaky Door”.

You will find a ***ful of rivetingly shrill production (or the lack thereof), the indescribable cohesion in flow (or the lack thereof), the vividly bewildering style of the lyrics (or the lack thereof); all of this is to be found on here. It’s a miraculously magnetic and charming, yet oddly off-putting, release that is the perfect accompaniment to just as obscurely saddening and mind-twisting film.



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Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uni’s review roll 27/50

Maybe a little stranger than pretty much anything else I did so far, but I wanted to be stylistically/conceptually close to the source material. So, rude and obnoxious, but with heart and soul at the right place.



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TumsFestival
December 10th 2017


2460 Comments


fuck yeah great movie and soundtrack

butcherboy
December 10th 2017


9464 Comments


to me, the movie is about the perils of groupthink and susceptibility.. people follow and adore a charismatic genius who just turns out to be a mentally ill child..

Lovely review, Uni.. This reviewing marathon is an unstoppable beast!

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2017


56533 Comments


Frank is one of those movies that's destined to be a cult classic

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Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

butch, you've pretty much summed up the plot, yeah

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


24523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

music for this movie is incredible. nice work dude

Spec
December 10th 2017


35668 Comments


nice rev

zaruyache
December 10th 2017


20665 Comments


Put your arms around me, fiddly digits, itchy britches

Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love you all

Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The highlights are so high and light, I might as well bump it to 4.5...

zakalwe
December 10th 2017


27067 Comments


Frank Sidebottom, what an absolute legend. RIP.

DoofusWainwright
December 10th 2017


19991 Comments


Movie is one I need to watch again, will have to check how this stacks up as a soundtrack as obviously the music wasn’t supposed to totally work (‘anti music’ prob applies to a lot of it)

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2844 Comments


Lovely film, lovely album, lovely review. Great job, Unique.

Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unique? *triggered*

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2844 Comments


Papa.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2017


24540 Comments


Been meaning to check this movie out so thanks for the reminder. Soundtrack reviews are often enjoyable to read and this was no exception

So, do u have a goal to review 50 albums or what?

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XingKing
December 11th 2017


14538 Comments


This movie is just wonderful.

calmrose
December 11th 2017


4676 Comments


[2] one of my favorites of the past few years

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Papa Universe
December 11th 2017


20585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Atari: That was the idea, yeah. To review 50 albums until the year's end. Doesn't seem like I'm making it, though.

foxblood
December 11th 2017


9491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fun movie/soundtrack



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