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Person of Interest [Soundtrack, Import]

Ramin Djawadi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00930LIOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Ramin 18 Mar 2013
By MBell
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for me personally, i wasnt a huge fan of game of thrones as a tv score. i was perhaps more smitten with all Ramin's modern US tv drama like Prison Break and his game scores. So this score is a return of this sensibility and attention to detail.

The score found on this CD is some of the most emotive and creative music for TV i have heard in a long time. He sculpts the emotion perfectly into the sens of tension and his bold themes are familair across the series and welcomed.

Not a lot of composers in TV, play a longer thematic almost movie score like approach to there score to picture duties but Ramin does this in spades. He has successfully tied in a "extra character" in the music and given us tell tale markers.

i write music for TV and have done so for many years, so Ramin's work is something of a "going to school" education for me.
His usage of well designed and filtered sounds, both organic and electronic demonstrates his ability to fuse these very stark bed fellows and provide something deep and organic in the process.
If you havent heard his music to this series, you simply have to hear it in situ so to speak. Once you get into the first 2-3 episodes, you will be completely hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tv Series 11 July 2013
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Absolutely love this series and would recommend to it anyone, and can't wait for series 2 to become available over on and for it to come on tv too. The soundtrack for this is good too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Aug 2014
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Excellent item and series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack of Interest. 6 Feb 2013
By Mr. T. C. Deans - Published on Amazon.com
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Person of Interest is part detective show, part cop procedural and part tech-sci-fi-post-9/11-conspiracy-mash-up and the music by Ramin Djawadi reflects all these elements to great success.

A score is only as good as it's themes and Ramin has written several for POI. The main theme, written for 'The Machine' (as it's called) is a catchy slow-build melody that opens and closes the score with 'Watching with Ten Thousand Eyes' and 'Listening with A Million Ears' respectively. It's not as memorable as the one he wrote for Game of Thrones but like the show it grew on me over time. It's an incredibly versatile theme, and the most frequently referenced each episode. Fortunately Ramin does so in ways that are subtle and different enough that it doesn't become stale.

Other notable themes are written for two of the major antagonists in season one, Elias (heard in 'Elias'), and Root (heard in 'Root of All Evil') but themes are also written for main characters, Mr. Reese and Detective Carter. Overall there's plenty of variation going on in the score to keep you listening.

Most of the score is played on strings by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra but the music is often heavily augmented with underlying electronics and beats to emphasize the tech and sci-fi themes in the show. Percussion is also used to pump up the action elements in queues such as 'Man In A Suit', 'Have A Nice Day' and 'Knock Knock'.

Guitars are also used effectively in more contemplative moments such as 'Do People Change?' and 'Second Chance.'

The main theme written by J.J Abrams is fine and a necessary edition to the score but unmemorable compared to Djawadi's contributions.

The first season of POI received a 23 show order and Ramin has said he writes up to 30 minutes of music each episode so it's surprising that this release only has 45 minutes of presumably 12 or so hours of music that's been written. It'd be nice to have a bit more of it make it on the soundtrack but having said that what is on offer a good representation of season one's music and consistently strong as a listening experience.

As such it warrants a recommendation, especially if you like the show. I have high hopes for season 2.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Listening to You... So Shouldn't You Be Listening to Them? 3 Jan 2013
By D. Centeno - Published on Amazon.com
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Television and movie scores aren't exactly memorable to me; I may like the movie itself, but it's because of the story elements and such. However, every so often, I come across some really good music. Of the shows I watch on a weekly basis, "Person of Interest" and "The Mentalist" present pieces that I find myself humming during the day. Hans Zimmer has had a similar effect on me with his work on Chris Nolan's Batman series (whose brother just happens to be the creator of this show).

What sticks out so much in this score are the strings. That's what makes it so memorable to me. Listening to the album track by track, you'll certainly know what I'm referring to. The show is dramatic, action-packed, and amazing, and I can honestly say the music adds to that. When hearing "Root of All Evil," the theme for what some might call the evil, female version of Finch, I get chills. It's that awesome.

In my initial play of the album, I found the pieces to be so suspenseful and mysterious. With future seasons, hopefully John and Harold will have happy moments in their lives. I sure hope so because I'd love to see how Ramin Djawadi would make a beautiful or romantic piece with it still feeling like "Person of Interest."

Overall. Five stars. You may not want to dish out ten or fifteen dollars for the album, but it's definitely worth it. If you can spare the extra five bucks, definitely buy the physical album so you'll have the score in a lossless format. I'd hate to think what an MP3 file might take away from this masterpiece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Television Scoring From Ramin Djawadi 6 Feb 2013
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
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Ramin Djawadi is probably getting a lot of attention for his score to Game Of Thrones, but people should definitely not dismiss his intricate and entertaining scoring for this crime drama. Person Of Interest returns Ramin to the world of network television after his incredibly successful run on Prison Break. He juggles the cable show Game Of Thrones as well, but the 22-episode network arc is a much different beast. For Person Of Interest we get really great motifs that make the show intriguing but also give it a bit of character; a rarity for a procedural.

One thing that Ramin is brilliant at with his scoring is creating worlds, which he has gotten better and better at through his career. He has a very distinct scoring style and sound, but each of his scores usually has some indescribable aspect that makes it unique to the story he's scoring. This is the case with Person Of Interest, which blends sci-fi, interesting characters and suspenseful plotting week to week. There's nothing fancy about the instrumentation or the approach here. What I think made this score so entertaining for me were actually the themes and little melodies that would pop up. The score has a subtle hooking quality that grasps you as a listener, which is effective for what the show is. The emotional more human side of the score doesn't play as strong on the listener. Djawadi will use a guitar to accent the music here and there to add an acoustic touch, and it helps. But in the end the score is more of an entertaining and intriguing listen than a suspenseful and emotional one..

Ramin's work on Person Of Interest is solid television scoring and is a very different beast compared to his other TV score. It's great at setting up a plotting pace and injecting some character and identity to the music. The electronic soundscape combined with strings definitely makes the score unique and builds a sonic world. The "interest" in Person Of Interest is definitely there and it makes for a supremely entertaining listen. It will be interesting to hear how Ramin decides to expand the music as the show progresses.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Network Show In Years 3 Jan 2013
By Patrick Broderick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my must-see every week - even the repeats. I was hooked by this show from the premier and found more in each episode as I watched the repeats after the initial run. But, to my amazement, watching the DVD set before season 2 premiered, I found more I missed the first few viewings. Some integral story elements forecast several episodes before they emerged on the show - especially the identities of some who became key players in the series. The lack of really recognizable talent in the guest stars help the show's 'reality' even as the few known guest stars are a welcome addition. Like the classic "The Naked City", the "Law & Order" franchise and "White Collar", New York itself becomes a major part of the show.

The timelines help propel the story and the major players tremendously. They are clearly defined and much easier to follow than Abrams use of the same type of flashback/flashforward on "Lost".

Before I knew Christopher Nolan made the comparison, I already saw the parallels between this show and the Batman mythos with Mr Reese as the Dark Knight without a mask. Harold Finch makes a good combination of the Bruce Wayne part of Batman, Alfred and even Oracle. Detectives Carter and Fusco fill in for Gordon and Bullock from the comics. Zoe Morgan could be considered Reese's Catwoman. And Elias, the CIA, the FBI & the corrupt NYPD group known as HR make up as good a rogues gallery as you could want. With more added as the series progresses.

I definitely plan to get the 2nd season when it's available then watching both sets in a marathon before the 3rd season premier.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show on Network TV 14 Jun 2013
By O. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
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This show is my go to network TV show. In a sea of realityTV banality, the writimg manages to aim high while staying fresh with wonderful character moments. Great television with an excellent score. No wonder since it was created by the guy who wrote The Dark Knight.
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