Person of Interest

Composed By: Ramin Djawadi

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The popular television series, Person of Interest style=, is a crime thriller style= with a science fiction style= twist.  John Reese (Jim Caviezel style=) former CIA Agent style= and billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson style=) work together to prevent crimes before they happen using a mass-surveillance computer system known as The Machine.  They are very successful in their endeavors until a malevolent artificial intelligence style= known as Samaritan is brought to life.  Now Finch, Reese and a hacker known as Root (Amy Acker style=) find themselves on the run, trying to reboot The Machine and fight back against Samaritan's operatives who seek to destroy them.

                Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi style= graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music style= in 1998 and garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer style=.  Recruited to work at Zimmers' Remote Control Productions, Djawadi struck out on his own in 2004, creating the musical score for Blade: Trinity style=.  Since then, he has created musical score for a number of television and film productions, including Prison Break style=, Pacific Rim style=, Flash Forward style=, The Strain style=, Game of Thrones, Safe House style=, Fright Night style=, Clash of the Titans and more.  Djawadi has been composing the music for Person of Interest since its inception in 2011.

                The musical score of Person of Interest: Seasons 3 and 4 style= begins as orchestral with strings taking the lead to express drama.  The listener will note bits of percussion in there as well as electronic sound used to represent moments of action and intrigue.  This score begins to undergo a change by Track 12, Martine style=, which features acoustic guitar and hard hat snares.  From that track on, the music takes on a different sound with more intrigue.  The orchestral theme is still there, but more electronic sound is used.  Track 15, Jury Summons style=, is actually completely electronic.  Djawadi explains this difference in sound as the album continues: "The producers wanted the score to reflect the maturing plot line, and for the theme development to coincide with the character development.  The music differs from the previous seasons because season 3 & 4 present a darker, more evolved story.  We record with a 20-piece string orchestra. The size and tone of this ensemble enhances the score and ultimately has become an integral part of the Person of Interest sound.  A great fit for this electronic-orchestral score."

                Having never watched the show, I still have no doubt that this score created by Ramin Djawadi is a perfect fit for the visuals and drama of the series.  As a stand alone album, I found it incredibly interesting and quite enjoyable.  The Person of Interest Seasons 3 and 4 Soundtrack style= is definitely worth the listen.


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