I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect with this release.
Apart from the very catchy main title music, none of the music in the recent Dirk Gently series really stood out to me when I was watching it (maybe I was too caught up in the story!).
Listening to it on its own, though, has totally changed my perspective.
The light jazzy feel of the main titles carry through to a lot of the other tracks, but they're always careful to keep it interesting: a change of groove here and there, and then dropping in the Dirk Gently theme at just the right moments. It harks back to some of the TV scoring of the 70's (which is noted in the liner notes). The Dirk Gently theme itself is mostly played on (and I'm guessing here) a harpsichord, and it's really wonderful how it can just come in and play alongside the jazz beat giving it a very unique flavour.
Had it just been this jazzy material the soundtrack would've been a decent - if samey - release. However it's the inclusion of some very interesting electronic pieces, and their contrast with the jazzy material (I really need to find a better word to describe that...) that makes it an excellent release.
Tracks such as "I Want to Invade Switzerland", "A Little Rewriting" and "It's All Connected" give a quirky, almost Wendy Carlos like vibe, with totally works with the 70's that the rest of the tracks are going for. It really works to help give the CD a bit of variety and stops it from getting stale.
Overall I'm really enjoying this soundtrack, especially as I really wasn't expecting anything from it. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the show. The CD itself is marked as "1st edition of 1000 copies" so I'm assuming quantities might be rather low, so it's worth picking it up while you can.
Of course, the perfect way to follow this up would be to rewatch the episodes on Blu-Ray, but...