Composed by Gavin Friday (former frontman for Ireland's notorious Virgin Prunes) and multi-instrumentalist and arranger Maurice Seezer, the score for Jim Sheridan's In America is every bit as subtle, charming, and utterly beautiful as the film. Given the film's narrative, Friday and Seezer follow suit and provide nuances to each theme, drawing from the image as much as pointing to it. Performed by the Friday-Seezer Ensemble, the score knits together everything from cabaret music, jazz, and classically themed pieces to Celtic melodies and (of course) American traditional themes to create a tapestry that is at once haunting, humorous, tender, and taut. This is serial music that is rich in thematics and suggestion; it never veers far from understatement but keeps melodic invention as a prime focus of its execution.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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