Musical Score By: Joseph LoDuca
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Those of you who watch the TNT network are aware of a television series called Leverage. Every Tuesday night, a team of specialized individuals led by Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corrupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son, work together to secure justice for societyís underdogs. The team includes Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), a grifter; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), a retrieval specialist with extra special fighting skills; Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), the gadget and technology expert and Parker (Beth Riesgraf), the resident thief of the operation. The show has received critical acclaim and has earned itself a third season.
Tapped to create the musical score for this action-packed drama is Joseph LoDuca. At the age of fifteen, LoDuca began his musical journey, opening for such rock legends as Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and more. Shortly afterward, he began training in jazz and classical music. He fell in love with the jazz scene, but rather than touring, LoDuca preferred the freedom of composing. Since then, LoDuca has created musical score for movies and television series, including, The Triangle, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, American Gothic, Army of Darkness, The Messengers and more.
The Leverage Soundtrack features 35 tracks and is contains over 72 minutes of music. The main format of this album is jazz, although there are some dabblings with pop and rock here and there. Thanks to the nature of the work the team performs, they are often called upon to travel to a variety of places. This is also reflected in the music as much as possible. A track called Viva Vegas tends toward the glitzier side of the City of Sin. Meanwhile, Mumbai International and Madame Administrator offer up a more exotic tone. Even the country genre is represented here in tracks like All My Decembers and Metamora.
Leverage is an action-packed drama and therefore calls for some adrenaline pumping tracks. Tank Fight, a track which features taiko drums, a sound very reminiscent of the battle scenes found on any Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack by Bear McCreary. Those drums get the adrenaline pumping and basically cry out action.
Songs like Canít Go Home again and Not Sure Yet stand out on the soundtrack as the only tracks with lyrics. Canít Go Home again is a fun song reminiscent of Irish rock. Itís one of those songs that combines great, fast-paced and fun music with sad lyrics. The song keeps you moving while the lyrics sort of smack you in the face. Not Sure Yet was created to represent the romantic possibilities existing between Nate and Sophie in Season 2 of the series. Written, recorded and produced by Andy Lange, Not Sure Yet is very blues-inspired. In the song, the singer tells us that heís not sure of things in his life right now, but he has hope that everything will work out in the end.
The Leverage Soundtrack offers up something for everyone. Jazz aficionados will definitely find some enjoyment in this soundtrack as will fans of the show who recognize just how important the music is to a show of this caliber. A good musical score serves to enhance the visuals of the story and Joseph LoDuca has perfectly achieved this goal. The Leverage Soundtrack is the perfect example of musical score done right.