For Richer or Poorer

Randy Edelman

" Decent fluff "

Written by Thomas Glorieux - Review of the regular release

Scores like these all tend to sound the same, yet luckily for us For Richer or Poorer is still diverse enough. Of course it's evident Randy Edelman is the composer of this gig, yet the harmonica and saxophone bring enough bounciness to the score to make it enjoyable. Even more enjoyable are the occasional moments of light western optimism, or the sweet light dramatic music of tracks like "A Perfect Place to Stay Forever" and "Caroline". A slight distraction are the few moments in which Edelman delivers us his less interesting suspense signature, but luckily that's quickly forgotten in the end. Nothing special, but fun and pleasant for a background listen. To be truthful I've heard a lot worse.

Jazzy main theme.
The soft music always works with Edelman, "A Perfect Place to Stay Forever" is lovely with its piano influences.
Another working element, the fun tunes, stuff like "Hopalong City Boy" have heart and laughter in abundance.
Has a couple of fun (western) jigs too, enough to get the comedic blood pumping ("Get Down Pennsylvania Hoe").
And yet, there is always something slightly wrong with the light suspenseful music, no matter how short or comedic it tries to be.

Track Listing

1. Bubble Shuffle (2.17)
2. The Heart of America (1.51)
3. A Perfect Place to Stay Forever (3.35)
4. Hopalong City Boy (2.19)
5. A Warming Trend (2.04)
6. Check Your Portfolio (1.34)
7. Sainthood (1.53)
8. Planting Season (2.49)
9. Get Down Pennsylvania Hoe (1.19)
10. Turning Away (1.20)
11. Mid-Life Jersey Crisis (2.11)
12. The Winding Lonesome Highway (1.39)
13. Caroline (2.57)
14. Tangonobango (1.56)
15. Case Dismissed (2.14)
16. Sneaky (1.16)
17. Fade from Satin (1.39)
18. Anniversary Fox Trot (1.51)
19. Paradise Pond (3.30)

Total Length: 40.14
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(total of 1 votes - average 3/5)

Released by

Varèse Sarabande VSD 5891 (regular release 1997)

Conducted by

Randy Edelman

Orchestrations by

Ralph Ferraro