Femme Fatales

Composed By: Joe Kraemer

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            From the creators of Femme Fatales Magazine, Femme Fatales is a late-night anthology television series featuring women.  In each thirty-minute episode of Femme Fatales, powerful, sexy and dangerous women use extraordinary methods to cope with their problems and survive almost insurmountable odds.  Inspired by pulp fiction, film noir and graphic novels, each episode features a different cast and storyline, hosted by the mysterious Lilith (Tanit Phoenix).  On May 29, 2012, MovieScore Media released the digital version of the Femme Fatales Soundtrack.  The CD version of the album was released on June 5, 2012.

            The Femme Fatales Soundtrack was created by Joe Kraemer an American composer who comes from a musical family.  His father and uncle sang and performed non-professionally.  Thus, it comes as no surprise that Kraemer would pick up an ear for music.  Beginning with piano lessons, Joe Kraemer would eventually decide to make music a career, studying at Berklee College of Music where he received accolades for composition and songwriting.  He has since composed over forty musical scores for movies and television, performed as a singer/songwriter, produced numerous albums, conducted orchestras in Seattle and had his music performed by symphonies in Europe. 

            Featuring one selection of music from each episode of Seasons 1 and 2, the Femme Fatales Soundtrack contains over an hour of music performed in a variety of mediums.  Meant to be background music for the story, most of the compositions are low key.  I can see where Kraemer was going with his compositions, offering up a subtle score that offers up the impression of mystery and intrigue.  Poignant moments are punctuated by brass and/or percussion.  Most of the music is performed by traditional orchestra, but there are a couple of tracks featuring synths and electric guitars.

            The Femme Fatales Soundtrack is interesting, but not overwhelming.  The fact that the series features storylines that are all different and that the powers that be only chose one selection of music from each episode means that the tracks don't flow into each other.  Each track has a different style.  While I found the soundtrack to be entertaining, I wasn't wowed by it and probably wouldn't buy it on my own.  This album is probably best suited for fans of the series who will remember which songs played in their favorite episodes and would want to get their hands on the soundtrack.  Your "Average Joe" would probably have no interest in the album as a whole.


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