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Five years since she first broached the popular consciousness with the immaculate Tragedy, Julia Holter commits her first original score for Bleed For This, director Ben Younger’s boxing drama revolving “the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history”.
Julia contributes 10 original cues and themes plus her Maxim’s I from Loud City Song, which was the first track which alerted the film’s director to Julia’s genius, and also acts as the film’s closing credits.
The Willis Earl Beal parts are as raw, bluesy as you might hope for, with highlights in the smudged ragtime of Disintegrating and the hoarse holler of Too Dry To Cry, but the best parts belong to Julia, where we find the singer/composer/musician working to her strengths between the diaphanous nocturnal panorama of Home Movies and the plaintive, starkly emotive nudge of Not Gonna Fight Again and the timeless string orchestration of Vinny’s Triumph.
We’re not going to say it’s an instant classic or anything, but hopefully this is the cue for more directors (with better film ideas than Rocky) to solicit and give Julia’s soundtrack skills the chance to develop.