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Saturday, September 15, 2007


Music by Daniel Licht & various artists, Theme by Rolfe Kent
Milan M2-36301 (US)
25 Tracks 64:05 mins

This popular TV series has yet to screen on terrestrial TV in the UK, so I have yet to acquaint myself with the foreniscs man, moonlighting as a serial killer of criminals who have escaped justice. There is however a CD out now of music from the first season and, as well as featuring latin numbers by various artists, Andy Williams' take on Matt Monro's Born Free, and a couple of tracks by Kinky, including a muddy, beat-driven arrangement of Rolfe Kent's title theme, there are 17 tracks featuring Daniel Licht's score.
But taking a step back, the aforementioned Rolfe Kent composition is characteristically catchy, a funky, quirky little mover, which reminds me somewhat of John Barry's Ipcress File theme. As for Licht's music, he has his own main theme, a mysterious prowler, which becomes more percussive as it proceeds. This theme actually closes the album as a rap vocal by Jon Licht, who also helps out on the realisation of the score, which is a mix of live instruments and synths, with both Lichts performing, as well as Mark bensi, Marcel Camargo, Gentle thunder, the Supernova String Quartet, as well as vocalists Emma Barton, Kristin Gould and Jessica Ficht. These fine musicians all come together to make a wonderful, latin-flavoured soundtrack to Dexter's adventures.
Obviously, given the latin approach, guitar features a lot, but so do keyboards, particularly in the more melancholy moments, of which there are a few. It is however the often percussive latin grooves that populate the score that really held my interest, as I am partial to a good latin groove. Occasionally the score descends into atonality and an ethereal feel is given by synths and the female vocalists, but these moments don't really detract from what is overall a somewhat offbeat and enjoyably infectious listen. Incidentally,three of Licht's cues feature star of the show Michael C. Hall's original voiceovers, but this still leaves plenty of music to enjoy uninterrupted.
If you haven't been able to catch up with the series thus far, the first season is now available on DVD in the States, but I don't believe it has received a European release as yet. Just hearing this music makes me hope I can get to see it soon.


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