Musical Score By: Paul Englishby
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the BBC psychological crime drama Luther, Idris Elba stars as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a dedicated, sometimes obsessively so, police officer working in the Serious Crimes Unit. Over the course of three seasons, Luther has become darker and darker, influenced by the darkness of the crimes he investigates. The series is not slated to return for a third season, but a feature film is planned. On September 16, 2013, Silva Screen Records released the Luther Soundtrack.
The Luther Soundtrack features music and score from all three seasons of the show. The musical score of Luther was created by British composer Paul Englishby. Performing as a pianist and writing and composing music in his teenage years, Englishby went on to study musical composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, Englishby has composed music for a number of mediums, including film, television, theatre, dance and concert hall. He is best known for the scores he has created for Page Eight, An Education, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Magicians.
The songs found on the Luther Soundtrack are quite diverse in nature, featuring jazz, rock and alternative, and were clearly used to describe events taking place throughout the show. I loved the version of the popular Animals song Donít Let Me Be Misunderstood performed by Nina Simone. It speaks to Lutherís duality in nature. Heís a great guy, but he often uses dark measures to deal with the evil he finds himself up against. I was also very happy to hear the Marilyn Manson version of the Eurythmicsí Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The Marilyn Manson version is much darker than the Eurythmics version and perfectly describes the world Luther is immersed in.
The score of Luther features bass guitars, percussion, brass and strings used to describe action scenes, investigative pauses in the action and more. John Lutherís theme, appearing on the eighth track of the album, is somewhat sad in nature, but features a dark intensity that perfectly describes the character.
I found the Luther Soundtrack to be an incredibly enjoyable listening experience that works perfectly to enhance the action in the series. But, having never seen the series, I had to do a little research to figure that out. That being said, I was already very happy with this soundtrack as a standalone album. I just know that fans of the television series will love getting their hands on this twenty-one track album featuring music and score representing moments in every season of the series.