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Legion by Jeff Russo (Review)

posted Feb 28, 2017, 3:57 PM by Kaya Savas

Legion is adapted from the Marvel comic of the same name, and comes to us from Noah Hawley who also brought us Fargo the series. Legion is a spin-off of the X-Men Franchise, but doesn't tie-in to any of the films or storylines you’re familiar with. It follows David Haller who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic from a very young age, but in fact his powers might make him one of the most powerful mutants there is. Hawley continues his collaboration with Jeff Russo by bringing him onto Legion, and as expected Russo delivers the goods for a score that excels in many areas.

The best part about Jeff Russo is his ability to merge style and substance to together so we get something that sounds unique enough that you feel like you could hold it in your hands, but is also so rich with character and story. Legion explores different styles such as bold melodies as well as synthetic textures that take us inside the mind of our main character. The music has a wonderful orchestral aesthetic that makes it feel big and alive, but underneath it all we really get to explore the psychosis of David Haller as a character. Ticks, blurbs, scratches and pulses all meant to replicate neurons firing in your brain are used to really take us into the head of the character. Then we hear these textures layered more with the traditional themes that Jeff has built for the series for an overall soundscape that is both retro and modern. Every now and then things don't mesh, but it hardly detracts from the overall effectiveness of the music.

Legion is a robust score that fleshes out the character David Haller incredibly well. We have the strong thematic material that Jeff Russo is known for and he blends electronics into the orchestral fabric of the score to take us into the mind of David. Synth sounds and textures replicate neurons firing and help us as an audience explore the mind and emotions of the main character all through the music. From big thematic moments to smaller intimate character nuances, Legion’s narrative benefits from everything that Jeff Russo brings to the table.