Manhunt Unabomber Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Manhunt Unabomber by Gregory Tripi.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 93
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 34.6
Album Excellence: 65.3%
Manhunt Unabomber is a 2017 American television crime drama television series created by Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson and starring Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany and Chris Noth. Manhunt: UNABOMBER tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. The score is composed by Gregory Tripi.
There’s been a recent trend of dramas based on real stories and real characters, mainly in some kind of government agency. The Unabomber case is both terrifying and intriguing. I’ve seen about half of the show so far, but it still doesn’t quite give me than need to watch more of it. Still, it’s the kind of show I love, so I’ll get to it soon. I hardly noticed much of the score in the show which can be a very good thing or a very bad thing depending on a few factors. I’m hoping that when I hear the score on album that it all makes sense and brings me excitement and joy on a level I couldn’t grasp while listening to it in context.
I think the score might be better if you start with the final cue which is the main theme composed by Atticus Ross & Nick Chuba. It’s simply called ‘The Hunt – Main Title’. I would call the main theme an electronic experiment, but it also goes into the electronic wires of Kaczynski’s bombs. It’s Gregory Tripi that does the main score though, and although it’s not as experimental as Ross and Chuba’s main theme, it’s still builds on electronic music. It’s easy for a score like this to get boring because a lot of what’s happening in the television show isn’t too exciting. It’s all about investigation and discovery, at least from what I’ve seen so far. Tripi makes it interesting in many ways. I think it’s smart to keep the score simple, but play on suggestive ostinatos and go from there. Keep it minimalistic as well and that’s why this score works so well on album. Tripi’s approach makes the score both interesting and very good to listen to. I wouldn’t mind some more experimentation though, and a very strong musical presence for the two main characters because they are brilliant characters, strong and resolute. Still, the approach that Tripi has taken is impossible not to enjoy, at least for me. I love those sometimes trippy ostinatos and buildups in cues like ‘The Manifesto’. There’s also an uneasiness in this score. It’s sometimes uncomfortable to listen to cues like ‘Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree’, but it makes for a brilliant mood cue. All in all this makes for an exciting listen so check this one out.
1. I Want You To Think About The Mail
2. Publish Or Perish
3. The Manifesto
4. We Need A Guilty Plea
5. Eyes On Unsub-109
6. The Letter Is Not A Match
7. Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree
9. I Wasn’t Ready
11. He Fits The Profile
13. My Very First Experiment
16. Blue Sky Motor Lodge
18. They Brought The Cabin, But Not The Forest
20. Long Drive To Lincoln
21. Two Loud Forceful Coughs
22. My Life Wasn’t Supposed To Go Like This