Boss - Original Television Soundtrack

Composed By: Brian Reitzell

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                When I first saw previews of the television series, Boss, I figured it was about a corrupt Chicago Mayor and his reign over his constituents.  As I have recently learned, Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) is a hardcase, incredibly manipulative and dead set on being completely in charge, but there is a secret that Kane has been harboring that can bring everything crashing down around him.  Mayor Kane has recently been diagnosed with dementia.  Amazingly, despite the fact that his advisors have started to notice something might be wrong, the rest of the people in Kane's life are too busy and preoccupied to notice the changes. 

                The Boss - Original Television Soundtrack features songs by various artists including Robert Plant, Mark Hollis and Wilco.  The musical score was created by Brian Reitzell.  Formerly a drummer for bands like Redd Kross and Air, Reitzell is a composer, producer and music supervisor.  His first foray into composing music for television and film came about in 2004 with Friday Night Lights.  Since then, he has composed musical scores for Stranger Than Fiction, 30 Days of Night, Red Riding Hood and more.

                As I listened to this album the first time, I found some humor in the dark lyrics of songs like Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down and One Overlord.  I knew that Kane was not supposed to be a nice guy, but I was surprised that he would be compared to the devil or a dictator.  The music on this soundtrack is incredibly dark.  The musical score by Reitzell often features lyrics performed by artists like Michael James of Explosions in the Sky, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Tim Rutili of Califone and more sometimes halfway through the track.  It's strange to hear long minutes of elaborate musical score and have someone interject with strange lyrics.

                I tried listening to this soundtrack a couple of times, but, other than chuckling (thinking of people I would like to sing this to) over the Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, I really couldn't get into the music.  But, just because I didn't find much enjoyment in this soundtrack, doesn't mean that others might night enjoy it, especially fans of the show.  In fact, this fan base will probably be the best thing for this album's sales, because I don't think anyone else will be bothered to check the Boss Soundtrack out, especially for the price tag (upwards of $9.00US for the mp3 version or $15.00US for the CD).


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