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Pushing Daisies: Season 2 by Jim Dooley (Review)

posted Apr 11, 2011, 11:28 PM by Kaya Savas

It's always tragic when an extremely great and entertaining work is being done, and then all of a sudden the business aspect of the industry brings it to a halt. Thus was the case with Pushing Daisies. The show was unique with an extremely quirky atmosphere and great production value. One of the highlights was Jim Dooley's Emmy winning score. The music continues to be one of his most accomplished works in terms of bringing characters and a whole universe to life. So, in what seems to be a great example of irony given the show is all about bringing people back from the dead we finally get Jim's music from season 2, which has finally been released.

The palette of colors used in the music is extremely unique while still sounding like a Dooley score. The music really backs the show's theme of bringing the dead to life by being extremely full of life. The energy the score brings to the story is undeniable as it highlights comic moments in a quirky fantastical way. Charm is another big quality of the music. The charm is such an important characteristic of the score because it adds that human touch and infuses the music with the characters' personalities. To me that's the most appealing part that beyond all the quirk there is such a large amount of human charm. While listening you get captivated by the music the same way you got lost in a storybook when your mom read to you by your bedside. The music has all the inflections, the ups, the downs and fun twists and turns as the most skilled storyteller reading a book out loud.

Pushing Daisies is a stream of thought cut short. It's amazing what Jim was able to accomplish in two seasons and it's unfortunate that we won't get to hear the rest of the story. However, what we have here is extremely fresh and unique. It's Jim Dooley at his best and it's some of the best TV scoring out there. I promise you won't come along a fun experience like this very often. Pushing Daisies is its own little mini-masterpiece in its own right.
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