Westworld: Music From The HBO Series Season 2 by Ramin Djawadi (TV series soundtrack review).

When you have a successful TV series with an endearing music piano intro, its logical to look to see if the soundtrack has come out on CD. ‘Westworld Season 1’s soundtrack has become so high priced that you have to wonder why Watertower Music hasn’t re-released it. For the moment, all we have is ‘Westworld: Music From The HBO Series Season 2’ and probably Season 3 sometime this year.

The music is gloriously hauntingly deep and just as effective away from the show with an emphasis on heavy bass that will vibrate through the floorboards and then sharply contrast into ‘The Entertainer’, a pure piano solo until the other instruments are brought in. I wonder if The Rolling Stones ever realised that ‘Paint It Black’ makes a wonderful instrumental?

Of course, there’s bound to be some oriental overtones at some point although not as much as I would have thought.

When moving into the second CD, the music keeps its darker undertones, raised a little by its piano overture. Taken as a whole, this album’s music blends into a mostly continuing piece and proves that TV music scores can still be strong and inventive and humble. Well, at least as far as the main title music is concerned.

The 8 page booklet has one page of credits, red text on black is not a good choice and a page noting the credits of 8 songs, the rest being photographs from the show. You would have thought someone would have something to say about how the music was used in the show. I mean, it would be handy to see if any were more significant to any particular episode or rearranged to make a more organised CD.

As a double CD, you do get your money’s worth. I only hope Watertower consider reissuing the first season’s CDs or, at least, when ‘Westworld’ is finally completed a complete boxset.

GF Willmetts

January 2021

(pub: Watertower Music/Warner Bros/HBO. 2 CDs #1: 15 tracks 49 minutes. # 2 14 tracks 50 minutes. Price: I pulled my copy for about £ 9.50 (UK). ASIN: 90758-81442-1)

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