Supernatural: Seasons 1-5

Composed by: Jay Gruska and Christopher Lennertz

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Supernatural is a drama/horror television series that debuted in 2005 on The WB and can now be watched on The CW.  The show features Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who hunt down demons and other paranormal entities.  My sister is a huge fan of the series and has faithfully followed the it for the past five years.  Set in the supernatural world of the paranormal, the show has captivated the imaginations of many a viewer enamored with ghosts, demons, vampires and the like.

            In selecting a composer for the musical score of Supernatural, Executive Producer Eric Kripke suggested using former college fraternity brother Christopher Lennertz, who at the time had worked on the musical scores of several video games and Clive Barkerís film Saint Sinner.  Recently, Lennertz has composed musical scores for films like Vampires Suck and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.  Executive Producer Robert Singer suggested going with Jay Gruska, who had worked on the musical scores of several of Singerís television productions including Charlie Grace, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Falcone and Hack.  In addition to an extensive history in television music scoring, Gruska has also worked on musical scores for movies including Moí Money, The Principal and Shadow Dancing.  They decided to compromise, hiring on both Jay Gruska and Christopher Lennertz to become the musical scoring team for Supernatural

            The Supernatural Soundtrack: Seasons 1-5 features eighteen tracks of musical suites from various episodes over the past 100 episodes.  The composers of this soundtrack opted for suites of music because a majority of the musical score for this series were very short segments, used to connect scenes, fade into commercial breaks, etc.  The resulting music is sometimes a bit strange.  Just when you believe you have heard the final series of notes or a particularly engaging crescendo, a whole new composition begins, somewhat similar although not completely the same.  The listener will be lead to believe that a track has finished and discover they are still in the same track.  No better illustration of this irking issue can be found than on Track 18, End Credits and Moí Guitar Grit, which features a series of rocking guitar riff segments that seem to go on forever.

            That being said, it would be a disservice of me not to tell readers that the music composed for Supernatural is perfectly on the mark.  Featuring reverb, disjointed noises, out of sync rhythms and beats, and more, Gruska and Lennertz have created quite an unsettling musical score to go along with the visuals of the series.  My favorite track, being a huge fan of the guitar in all of its forms, was Deanís Dirty Organ (Brotherís Guitar Theme) which features some really rocking guitars and a heavy funk sound.

            Unfortunately, I have to question the reasoning behind creating this soundtrack.  Iím sure that there are fans of the television show who will disagree with me on this, but I wasnít really enamored by a  soundtrack filled with segments of music woven together into a collage.  The Supernatural Soundtrack: Season 1-5 simply wasnít my cup of tea and I really canít recommend it to anyone but a fan of the series.


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