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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

CD REVIEW - Supernatural

Music by Christopher Lennertz
25 Tracks 43:23 mins

You may remember I recently posted a press release from Costa Communications, celebrating the fact that composer Christopher Lennertz had been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the pilot episode of the popular TV series Supernatural.
Fortunately this is one U.S. TV series that received an airing this side of the pond and, though not one of my favourites, I am always interested in the supernatural and fantastical films and TV, so I stuck with it, though not every episode thrilled me. The show deals with two guys, whose mother was killed by a demon and whose father took off in pursuit and may or may not still be alive. As they search for him, they follow his instructions and clear up a number of supernatural cases on the way.
Although Lennertz composed the music for the pilot, he then took it in turns to score subsequent episodes with Jay Gruska, who you may remember wrote excellent music for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman a few years back. I can't say as any of the music left me with any lasting impression, but it was entirely suited to its subject matter and very effective.
This promotional disc, again provided by Costa Communications, gives a good sampling of Lennertz' work for the pilot and other early episodes and largely consists of sad piano-lead moments and menacing conflict, heavy on synth strings and at times quite chilling. Many of the tracks are quite brief, but there are longer ones that allow the music to develop through various moods. More unusual tracks see some seriously bad rock guitars in "Boys Break In," and a female vocal lament in "Pennance." There's very little warmth to the saga, just the odd romantic dalliance, which leads to a mere suggestion of something more warm in the music, but the mood seldom lasts long, before we're back in eerie, mysterious and downright menacing territory.
A second season has apparently been given the green light and it will be interesting to see if those responsible can maintain the standards set by Season One.
Incidentally, if you would like to learn more about the music for Supernatural, go to where you can find an interview with Christopher Lennertz.


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