Teen Wolf Score and Soundtrack
Composed By: Dino Meneghin
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Sony Classical
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, Teen Wolf was an MTV television series developed by Jeff Davis. It starred Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, a teenager who was bitten by a werewolf and how it affects his life and those who are closest to him. The show premiered in June 2011 and aired until September 24, 2017 after its sixth season. On September 15, 2017, Sony Classical released two albums celebrating the music of Teen Wolf.
The Teen Wolf Original Television Score was created by American musician and composer Dino Meneghin based in Los Angeles. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Meneghin worked as a guitarist for such notable artists as Beyonce, Liz Phair and Michael Buble. In addition to all six seasons of Teen Wolf, Meneghin has created music for Taking the Stage, Eye Candy and Let the Right One In. The Teen Wolf Original Television Soundtrack features songs by Young the Giant, Mikky Ekko, Mourning Ritual featuring Peter Dreimanis, Whitaker, Gabrielle Aplin, Amber Run, Pim Stones and more.
Both Teen Wolf albums feature music from each season of the series. The Main Title, a track that can be found on both the soundtrack and the score, is a fast-paced hard-hitting action theme featuring violins, heavy percussion and electric guitars. But the music of Teen Wolf is not all about the action. As Scott learns more and more about the supernatural underworld in Beacon Hills, there are some pretty dramatic turns of events in his life. Love is found and lost, friends are made and some don’t make it to the final season. There are moments of battle and triumph and moments of discovery. Both the score and the soundtrack music reflect these events.
The score of Teen Wolf is orchestral mixed with electronic. The Teen Wolf Original Television Score opens with Future Tense, a fast-paced action track with horns and heavy percussion, quick string strokes. It’s somewhat of an action hero theme of sorts. That leads in to The Main Title, which is also an action theme, but then we move on to more dramatic moments like the softer string tones of Parrish's Pep Talk, the trippy echoing quality of the synths and piano theme in Dreaming of Stiles and the darker and mystical quality of Scott's Revival. The next time we see some action-based theme is in The Second Floor, which contains heavy percussion, synths and reverb. The rest of the score alternates between dramatic, ominous and action.
The score is terrific, but it was the Teen Wolf Original Television Soundtrack that really grabbed me. The whole album is terrific and features fifteen tracks of alternative songs in addition to the Main Title. There are some really great songs here. Take the truly creepy version of Bad Moon Rising by John Fogarty. Yeah, the song originally performed by Credence Clearwater Revival spoke of doom and destruction, but the musical arrangement and dark, ominous vocals by Fogarty turn this song into something else entirely. The Last One I Made by the Pim Stones is actually very poignant for what is going on in the world today. The chorus is a faith-based promise - this world is hard and lacking, but hang in there because the next one…the one waiting for us afterwards…will be perfect: “And I'm not sure just how much more of this I can bear / I try to talk to God but it seems even he doesn't care / I've seen the new one he's building, and my, how he's made not one mistake / He told me, 'son, I promise you this one will be so much better than the last one I made.'”
You Were Never Gone is a realization that, though you might have lost someone, they were always with you in times of trouble and times of happiness. Looking Too Closely is a wake-up call of sorts asking you to seriously evaluate your life and realize how it affects those around you. There are tracks that have amazing hooks that beg you to listen closer to the lyrics, like Who Are You, Really?. There are rocking tracks like My Body and Up N Away and love songs like The Sun and ballads of love lost like My Own. Man, this album rocks!
So, in short, though I loved the score, I was totally hooked on the soundtrack and will be adding it to my soundtrack collection. What can I say to Teen Wolf fans out there? Get out there and pick up the Teen Wolf Original Television Score and Soundtrack albums – you won’t be disappointed.