Gypsy Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Gypsy by Jeff Beal.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 81.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 9.8
Album Excellence: 11%
Gypsy is a 2017 American television drama series created by Lisa Rubin and starring Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup & Sophie Cookson. Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts stars in this Netflix-original psychological thriller as Jean, a therapist in New York with a successful practice and a life that seems picturesque. As Jean starts to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients’ lives, the borders of her professional life and personal fantasies become blurred. Jean descends into a world where reality and the forces of her desires are disastrously at odds, which impacts her life and the lives of those around her. The score is composed by Jeff Beal.
Gypsy had some initial hype going. It was labelled as a Fifty Shades Of Grey for television. Not sure why that one stuck, but it’s not like that. Instead it’s a good drama about manipulation and lies, and how you go deeper down the rabbit hole whenever you compound the lies with more lies. I’ve watched around half of it, and I’m unsure if I’ll watch the rest. I have enjoyed Beal’s music in context. Seems like a minimalistic calm score, but on album it could be a bit different. It’s quite a long score as well clocking in at 89 minutes. The score opens with ‘Into The Rabbit Hole’, and right there is the essence of the music I heard. It’s a sort of mystery thriller sound about it, but it’s moody and minimalistic.
I’m glad that Beal has managed to created a unique sound for Gypsy like he did with House Of Cards. The music is quite complex though despite it’s minimalistic veil. Remove that veil and you’ll find numerous interesting musical ideas and compositions from Beal. There’s also a lingering sort of minimalistic Americana, maybe a bit jazzy feeling to some of the music here. Once I said jazzy it probably made you think of House Of Cards a bit, and though sometimes the lines are blurred, I think you can hear that Gypsy has a uniqueness to it. The music has a sexiness to it, but not too much, just the right amount. I say that because the TV show itself is not as sexy as they would have you believe, but there are moment, a lot of them. I also like how Beal is playing with the various love interests in the series, one which can be heard in ‘Outdoor Indoor Movies’. You can sense a certain crush in the air, the music tells me that even without seeing the actual scene. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but it’s not a terribly exciting score, yet I love the fluidity of it. It’s just organic, a bit similar to his House Of Cards. It’s far from being a hit, but I have a feeling it will grow on me and if there ever is a season 2, we’ll see the score grow as well.
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