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Fringe: Season 2 by Chris Tilton [Additional Music by Michael Giacchino] (Review)

posted May 3, 2011, 3:15 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated May 3, 2011, 4:56 PM ]

When J.J. Abrams helped develop Fringe he undoubtedly brought with him the best music team he could. Michael Giacchino who was responsible for LOST helped the show start off and then Chris Tilton and Chad Seiter took over (both Giacchino collaborators). They ended up composing a really terrific season's worth of music to this supernatural detective show. The soundscape was terrific and it boasted some fantastic thematic material. Chris Tilton took over scoring duties for Season 2 and has delivered more fantastic music, which is what we've come to expect. Tilton is definitely one of the best talents working out there and he will be a household name in no time.

The music for Season 2 echoes a lot of Season 1 and in ways branches into new territory. Like all great TV shows you want some sort of progression but you never want to forget what universe you've stepped into for 1 hour each week. The music continues to flourish and the journey is a fun one. Tilton's melodies suck you in and you become totally enveloped by the world he's creating. Certain cues deliver an emotional hit with delicate execution while others have a pulsating intensity to them. The instrumentation is fantastic and while there is nothing too fancy the music definitely has a unique sound. The percussion adds a dimension I really love and the end of the album really shines. There are some fantastic cues that scream Chris Tilton and I love it. The 9-minute "Brown Betty Suite" is definitely an awesome way to close the album. It has a great noire quality to it.

This score is all around awesome. Whatever your opinion on the show is you can't deny that this season the musical soundscape has become more refined and focused. It might be due to the fact that Chris had complete control of where he wanted to go with it this time around, but who knows. All I know is I loved the experience and can't wait for the next chapter.

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