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Blindspot: Season 1 by Blake Neely (Review)

posted Oct 25, 2016, 11:14 AM by Leo Mayr

When he's not composing music for superhero shows, Blake Neely somehow finds the time to work on other varied projects. His latest effort is Blindspot, a crime drama TV series.

As is usual for the genre of modern crime dramas, the score sticks to a mostly electronic soundscape with orchestral music remaining in the background and reserved for more emotional moments. Neely has shown his talent for combining electronics with orchestral music in the past, and while he does a good enough job here, the music starts to sound repetetive after a while. The electronic tenstion and action is just not varied enough to suggest any kind of development or storytelling. It's just functional for the very moments it is created for, leaving no room for thematic development. While electronic seems to be the least risky way of approaching a modern drama, it often leaves fewer areas for a composer to tell stories through music. The orchestral parts of the score focus more on the emotional side of things with Neely showing he's more than capable at creating an engaging narrative, even layering electronics over some parts to great effect. It's here that the score really unfolds and moves past its most basic function. Neely handles the emotional scenes nicely, but not before long, the score returns to the pulsating electronics.

While Blindspot is a pretty effective score, it's also a very basic one. There are a handful of well crafted nuanced scenes, but they get drowned in an overly electronic and, at times, bland soundscape. The music does its most basic task, but more often than not fails to look beyond the immediate scenes it's composed for. The score has no stong identity, nor a real sense of development or progression, so ultimately, you probably won't notice much of it.