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Orange Is The New Black by Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay & Scott Doherty (Review)

posted May 25, 2015, 7:28 AM by
Orange Is The New Black is another acclaimed TV series which airs on Netflix. Unfortunately, I have not seen a single frame of it yet. This is mainly due to the fact that there is just so much going on in this business that it is basically impossible to keep track of every movie and TV production out there, but eventually I will get to watch it. So far, two seasons of Orange Is The New Black have aired and season three is right around the corner, scheduled to air on Netflix in June.
The music that has supported the series so far, has meanwhile been released and fans can either go for the song album or the original score, which features no less than 32 tracks and a total of 70 minutes of material. By and large, there is quite a lot of variety as far as the choice of instruments is concerned. The instrumental colors reach from piano to bass to synths and sax. Several tracks also contain some high-pitched vocals, drums and even a gunshot sound was incorporated. The emotion changes constantly. The music can make you feel sad and reflective and then the composers Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay and Scott Doherty, picked up the pace and wrote music in a slightly more aggressive tone. So, musically speaking, I felt some fresh and really cool atmosphere, but there might be just a slight problem. I felt, that in order to be able to really appreciate the album, you simply need to be in the right mood. To me, this is not the kind of music, which I can listen to at any time and furthermore, I do believe this score needs to be experienced several times, before it can really grow on the audience. Right now, I do not feel like revisiting the score in its entirety, I would rather go for individual cues like “Exit The Pornstache” or “Fun With Cigarettes”
I am by no means trying to suggest that this is a lackluster effort or bad music in any way. I did feel somewhat entertained by the music, yet I simply have to say that the score can become tedious at times. The album is not especially intriguing or gripping and it is not the smoothest listening experience, yet it has a quite fresh sound to it and I think the three composers carefully picked each different instrument, in order to support the needs of the show. Fans of the series are probably more likely to pick up both the original score and the song album. However, those of you not familiar with the story might hesitate or simply listen to the available samples before they add the albums to their collection.