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House Of Cards Season 3 by Jeff Beal (Review)

posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:08 PM by michael@filmmusicmedia.com

House Of Cards is simply a fantastic TV series. It got me hooked right from the beginning, because it definitely has so much to offer. I have always been very fascinated by the world of politics and so I could not be more intrigued by House Of Cards. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, as well as the rest of the cast, have done a terrific job and they add so much depth to these very manipulative and sometimes downright sociopathic characters. This series is simply a well-rounded, perfectly executed product and everything seems to be spot on right from the very beginning. The acting, storytelling, editing and cinematography are absolutely outstanding.

The icing on the cake is the score composed by Jeff Beal. He really understood it to enhance the events on screen and most of the time, the music fits like a glove. Many times the music has a cold feel to it, very much like the characters themselves and for the third season, Jeff Beal once again added a lot to the visuals on TV. “Losing Rachel” kicks things off with some rather eerie sound and wonderful, yet unsettling violin playing. Just like in the second season, the composer added some operatic sounding vocals, noticeable in tracks like “Not Coming To Iowa”, “Expect Landfall” or “Every Intention”. For the release of the third score, the actual "Main Title Theme" was seamlessly incorporated into the third piece “More Human Now”. In general, the first couple of pieces really started the listening experience in a great way and cues like “Arrival In Moscow” and “He Was Brave” really stand out. In between, I must say there is also some rather uninteresting material, which simply drags on a little. Those pieces worked well inside the series, either underscoring some suspenseful moments or supporting a great dialogue scene. The instrumentation Jeff Beal chose, seems very appealing and I loved the cello or the trumpet parts. Strings were also used very effectively. Mr. Beal succeeded at expressing sadness, drama and desperation as well as strength, sometimes everything at once.

The score which was written, is indeed a fine one, offering flawless support for the images. The album presentation for the third season is splendid, as fans are once again offered a two cd release with no less than thirty-three tracks. The music doesn't always work outside of context, but nevertheless, there are many special moments. If you liked the music of the first two seasons, then, I think, you are likely to be pleased with the effort the composer put into this one as well.