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Haunting and emotive............
on 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] , 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.