Person of Interest
Composed By: Ramin Djawadi
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The popular television series, Person of Interest, is a crime thriller with a science fiction twist. John Reese (Jim Caviezel) former CIA Agent and billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) 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 known as Samaritan is brought to life. Now Finch, Reese and a hacker known as Root (Amy Acker) 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 graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998 and garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer. Recruited to work at Zimmers' Remote Control Productions, Djawadi struck out on his own in 2004, creating the musical score for Blade: Trinity. Since then, he has created musical score for a number of television and film productions, including Prison Break, Pacific Rim, Flash Forward, The Strain, Game of Thrones, Safe House, Fright Night, 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 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, 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, 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 is definitely worth the listen.