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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 November 2012
There can be very few people considering the purchase of this soundtrack who haven't been won over by this modern television masterpiece.

'The Killing', or more correctly 'Forbrydelsen', has become one of the most talked about and influential television events of the last decade, and it consumed me like nothing I have seen before.

To put it simply I consider it to be the most exciting, tense and thought provoking television series I have seen up to this point in my life; superbly written and with acting of the highest quality it provided an incredibly immersive experience, but one must not overlook the importance of the soundtrack, incredibly haunting and atmospheric it is as important to the stories success as any other element.

This album features selected tracks from the first series The Killing - Series 1 [DVD] [2010], all composed by Frans Bak, and it takes us from the opening scene right through to the stories conclusion.

The album has twenty-one tracks, and this gives a total running time of just under forty-five minutes.

Of course everyone will have their favourite tracks but I doubt many will not include the main theme amongst them, simply titled 'The Killing' (Track 2) The Killing I for one am immediately transported back to memories of the series whenever I hear it.

There can be few people who enjoyed the programme that were not caught up in the thudding urgency of the music that signalled the end of each episode, starting quietly and gradually increasing in both volume and intensity, it accompanied the closing montage that indicated in what direction the story may take us next.

Other personal favourites for me are 'Theis and Pernille's Theme' (Track 3) Theis and Pernille's Theme, 'Waiting' (Track 10) Waiting and ' Hartman's Theme' (Track 15) Hartman's Theme.

In the interests of objectivity I will say that this album perhaps offers little for those not familiar with the world of 'The Killing' The Killing Handbook: Forbrydelsen Forever!, possibly appearing to be just a succession of short incidental tracks, mostly synth and choral, that provide little in the way of a cohesive story.

However, that would be missing the point.

This album is very much about memories, it is a chance for the listener to be transported back into a dark but fascinating world and to relive those moments that kept them on the edge of their seat whilst the relentlessly determined Sarah Lund was hunting the killer of tragic Nanna Birk Larsen.

I am quite sure I am not the only person who welcomes that opportunity.
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on 15 January 2013
If you loved the TV series, you'll love this original soundtrack. Alas series 3 was the final one, so this CD will remind you of the programmes long after they have finished. Frans Bak's music is great, almost haunting. Definitely recommend.
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on 18 May 2013
I bought this after seeing all three series of 'The Killing.' It helps with the withdrawal symptoms suffered when coming to the end of the third series. I am hoping a soundtrack will be made of 'Borgen' as well.
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on 30 July 2013
Superb - love the music it's so atmospheric and builds your suspense even though your only listening to the album! A must for any killing fan.
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on 19 March 2015
Fantastically atmospheric music. Great as a backdrop to driving. Needs to be heard once or twice,,,then you'll be hooked.
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on 10 October 2015
Absolutely love this album - haunting melodies that get under your skin. Watched AMCs The Killing - what a splendid series! This album brings back memories of binge- watching it , as the same composer wrote the score for both the Danish and American versions. Listen to it in the car all the time. Excellent driving music. Very highly recommended.
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on 5 March 2013
Great OST - A must have if you are a fan of the Series.
Its one of those rare soundtracks that sit perfectly with the storytelling - a bit like "Twin Peaks" did.
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on 30 July 2013
This excellent soundtrack reproduces the atmosphere of The KIilling and helps to make up for the loss of the series.
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on 12 February 2013
This music was bought as a present for a fan of the series, and they love it. Very creepy and evil but good listening if you are in the right mood. Love the repeated harmonics on the electric guitar.
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on 31 March 2015
Haunting memories of those superb programs. I always loved the music and now I have it. Thank you.
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