Unforgotten Series 2 Soundtrack

Unforgotten S2 Soundtrack

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01 The Suitcase
02 Popular Picnic Spot
03 Cause of Death
04 Safe Now
05 I Feel Cheated
06 Other Reasons
07 Glad She Got Out
08 Clients
09 No Need for Thanks
10 Already Dead
11 Just Walk Away
12 Saying Goodbye
13 The Pub
14 Very Good at Beer
15 Stay With Mum
16 Drink and Drugs
17 Time to Think
18 Previous Employer
19 Eye Contact
20 False Claim
21 Car Crash
22 Give Back
23 Photographic Proof
24 Just Like You
25 Not Having Kids
26 Spag Bol
27 Shrugged It Off
28 Her Daughter
29 Following
30 It Didn’t Rain
31 I Was Special
32 Good Letter
33 Need to be Punished
34 Permission

 


Geek Score: 92.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.4
Album Excellence: 65.6%

Unforgotten is a British television crime drama, first broadcast on ITV on 8 October 2015. The series was created and written by Chris Lang, and follows two London detectives, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar), as they work together to solve cold cases involving historic disappearances and murders. The first series focuses on the murder of Jimmy Sullivan, a student who disappeared in 1974 whose remains are discovered during the demolition of a house in North London. Filming for the first series began in March 2015 and lasted for twelve weeks. Filming took place in locations including the London suburbs, the Essex coast, Westminster and the Fens. This is a review of series 2 which aired from January 5th 2017 to February 9th 2017. The score is composed by Michael Price.

I must admit that even though I listened to and reviewed Unforgotten series 1, I can’t remember how it sounded. This would be a good place to add an “unforgotten” pun, but I’ll spare you. Price is heavily involved in British TV these days with Sherlock Season 4 only recently wrapped. I’m more and more curious about The Unforgotten though and series 1 was apparently a huge success. Another one I need to see at some point. The score opens with ‘The Suitcase’, a nice and strong mysterious opening piece, even haunting in places. The violin is particularly powerful here, much more so than the reverberating piano. I like the ambience too, and the mood, it hit the spot. As I can’t remember how series 1 sounded, I have no point of reference, but I’m liking what I hear, specially when mixed with a lovely theme like in ‘Cause Of Death’.

Most thriller scores goes dark too soon, and too much, but this one varies quite a bit with brighter spots in between. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dark and it’s supposed to be, but I don’t feel all hopeless here. Price is great at using the instruments well and to put it to great use. It feels like every time I hear the violin for example, it’s with a great purpose and the score really needed it at that exact moment. It keeps the score fresh and interesting, and also quite beautiful. Interestingly my biggest complaint for the series 1 score was the construction of the album and the cues. This one doesn’t seem to have similar issues which is great. Maybe I’ll have to go back listening to the series 1 score again as I might find it more appealing now after having listened to the series 2 score. In any case, this is a really great score and shouldn’t be forgotten.

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“Unforgotten” is a British television crime drama, first broadcast on ITV on 8 October 2015. The series was created and written by Chris Lang, and follows two London detectives, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar), as they work together to solve cold cases involving historic disappearances and murders. The first series focuses on the murder of Jimmy Sullivan, a student who disappeared in 1974 whose remains are discovered during the demolition of a house in North London. Filming for the first series began in March 2015 and lasted for twelve weeks. Filming took place in locations including the London suburbs, the Essex coast, Westminster and the Fens. The second series focuses on the murder of David Walker, a Conservative Party consultant who disappeared in 1990, whose remains are found in a suitcase buried in the River LeaI. I like the premise and I trust police British TV shows. The score was written by Michael Price.

A strange thing happened as I received this score; I checked to see about the first season and discovered that I had listened to it and reviewed it when it came out but I couldn’t remember a thing. Sort of fits the premise of the show… This second volume invites me in with a dark and misty violin driver opening cue “The suitcase” which shows the discovery of the murder. I like it that the composer introduces me to this world without anything heavy or exaggeratedly dramatic; he sort of eases the listener into this before getting full dark in the beginning of “Cause of death”. The constant piano and violin duet in the score gives “Unforgotten” a specific sound right from the start; the sadness is there but not hopeless, there’s always a ray of light in the music.

I like the intimate feel of the score; there are not a lot of instruments and both the piano and violin sounds are fully explored and exposed as the music rolls into my ears. These short and meaningful pieces of music (rarely a cue is 2 minutes long) set a certain mood and make me feel invested in the story. Usually when composers write music for investigative stories they settle for a tense dark thriller mode that’s not always very rewarding outside the context of the movie or TV show. It’s different with Michael Price’s music though; here every motif is carefully placed as if it was a piece of evidence in a crime that will fit into the bigger picture at some point.

I just love a cue like “Clients”; I thinks it’s representative for this score. The soft piano undertone and the louder violin mix sadness with hope and don’t let me fall into despair. There’s always a crack that lets the light get in, there’s a thread that as long as I pull on I’ll be fine when it’s all over. The music is careful and respectful and honest and as it foes on I enjoy it more and more.

Michael Price wrote a score that’s all about the atmosphere and the soundscape works very well outside the context of the TV show; This is the perfect score for a rainy afternoon, for that sensation of enjoying the persistent rain with the melancholy it brings while also cherishing the thought that the rain will be over and the sun will come out again. I can imagine days when I will return to this beautiful and elegant score and take shelter in its comfortable reflective ambient padded with the sounds of a piano and a violin. If there is a season 3 I will surely remember how much I enjoyed “Unforgotten series 2”.

Cue rating: 92 / 100

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