Composed By: Peter Nashel

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Inspired by the conspiracy films of the 1970s, like All the President's Men and The Parallax View, Rubicon was a conspiracy thriller television series focusing on the paranoia in the post-9/11 era.  Airing on AMC in 2010, the series was set in New York City and revolved around Will Travers (James Badge Dale), an analyst for the American Policy Institute, a federal intelligence agency.  After the death of his wife and daughter during the attacks of September 11, 2001, Will begins withdrawing from everyone, finding solace in crossword puzzles until he begins unraveling a conspiracy with national security implications based on a pattern found in the puzzles in United States newspapers published the same day.

            The musical score of Rubicon was created by New York-based musician and composer Peter Nashel.   In addition to Rubicon, Nashel has created a number of musical scores for television and film, including Life on Mars, Lie to Me, Carriers, The Deep End and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer

            The music of Rubicon is dark, but not in that doomsday sort of way.  This is not the sort of score one would find as background music for a horror film.  Instead, there is an instant sense of intensity fueled by intrigue and sadness.  The strings add a dramatic flare to the combination orchestral/electronic score created by Nashel.  The music tells a tale of a man obsessed with discovering the truth.  The closer Nashel gets to the truth, the more intense and somber the music becomes.

            While there are some striking moments in the musical score, I found it to be less than memorable.  I listened to this soundtrack a couple of days before writing this review and found that when I attempted to write about the music, I couldn't remember one single nuance about the Rubicon Soundtrack.  I had to listen to the album all over again to write the review.  That simply never happens to me.  I always listen to soundtracks again while writing reviews as a refresher, reminding me of the small stuff I may forget to include in an article, but I never forget what an entire score sounds like a couple of days later. 

            This leads me to believe that, unless you are a serious fan of the now defunct show or a serious fan of Peter Nashel's work, you will more than likely want to pass on the Rubicon Soundtrack.  The music is interesting, but hardly worth the $20.00US CD version of the album or the $10.00US mp3 version.  This is one of those albums that will probably gather dust on the shelves.


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