Recorded prior to Introducing Happiness, the soundtrack to Whale Music contains some of the same material, but in a rawer instrumental form, for the most part. The movie is about an eccentric musical genius (think Brian Wilson) who holes up in his oceanfront mansion to create a symphonic pop masterpiece to play for the whales that occasionally swim by the shore. The Rheostatics had already based an album of their own around the novel, and they were the natural choice to compose the proper soundtrack, too. While it doesn't hold up as an album in and of itself, it works admirably as a companion piece to the movie. George Blondheim contributes orchestral pieces.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers