Soundtrack Review: Stranger Things Volume One

Soundtrack Review: Stranger Things Volume One

Stranger Things Volume One Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Stranger Things Volume One by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 98.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 62.8
Album Excellence: 91.1%

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Stranger Things is a 2016 American science fiction television series created by The Duffer Brothers and starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour & Finn Wolfhard. This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl. The score is composed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein.

This was one of my most anticipated TV series of the year because I heard it would be set in the 80s and inspired by 80s films such as E.T. and Stand By Me. Now that to me hits my sweet spot and wow did this TV show deliver on all point. It actually over delivered and overshadowed by hyped up expectations. I loved it, I still love it and I’ll always love it. It’s a beautiful 8 hour film set in my favourite time period with pinch perfect acting and setting. And then came the music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein who has a band called S U R V I V E who has been creating lovely 80s inspired music for years. Some will disagree, but I think the music was perfect for the show. I didn’t want a John Williams-esque E.T. inspired score, I wanted more John Carpenter meets Stephen King kind of score and I got exactly that. So I’m super excited to get not only one volume of this score, but two. The score opens with it’s hypnotising main theme in the title cue ‘Stranger Things’ and it’s gorgeous. When I hear it, I’m 8 again watching scary movies. It’s such a brilliant main theme and sets the tone of the show instantly. Those kids, I love them. I swear someone went back to the 80s and brought them back to the future to play in this TV series. They are so perfectly 80s to me it’s unbelievable. ‘Kids’ is the music for them, a theme of friendship and bravery and it’s pure 80s gold. Poor Barb. Ah, well I digress. I love that character and I love Nancy as well. ‘Nancy And Barb’ is so sweet, it’s the music of a wonderful friendship. It’s kind of sad as well, but that’s me reading into it after watching the show.

Like the TV series, this score is such a love letter to 80s fans. If you grew up watching films in the 80s, you’ll have come across some amazing synth scores and this one really could have been written in the 80s for the most part. I love the way it feels and how it make me feel. It’s like a time machine taking me back to that beautiful decade. They even add some noise that is very noticeable on some cues which I think is perfect. Cues like ‘Lay-Z-Boy’ for example, has this wonderful layer of audio noise, which can only help things along because if this continues I’ll have to check the date and see if I’m still in 2016. One of the most interesting cues is ‘Eleven’ which is the theme for one of the best things about Stranger Things. I love the noise here as well, the way they make the music sound. Brings me back. The music itself is mysterious and kind of sad but powerful. That’s her story anyway, and it’s powerful for a reason. Love it. You can hear the many inspirations for this score, basically the whole 80s catalog of synth music ranging from dark Terminator-esque music to upbeat Faltermeyer fun to lovely 80s romance. This score is almost perfect and I almost can’t believe there’s another volume coming next week. Can’t wait! How are you enjoying Stranger Things?

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Stranger Things *
2. Kids *
3. Nancy and Barb *
4. This Isn’t You
5. Lay-Z-Boy
6. Friendship *
7. Eleven
8. A Kiss
9. Castle Byers
10. Hawkins
11. The Upside Down
12. After Sarah
13. One Blink For Yes
15. Fresh Blood
16. Lamps
18. Hanging Lights
19. Biking To School *
20. Are You Sure
21. Agents
22. Papa
23. Cops Are Good At Finding
24. No Weapons
25. Walking Through The Upside Down
26. She’ll Kill You *
27. Run Away *
28. No Autopsy
29. Dispatch
30. Joyce And Lonnie Fighting
31. Lights Out
32. Hazmat Suits
33. Theoretically
34. You Can Talk To Me
35. What Else Is There To Do
36. Hawkins Lab

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Soundtrack Review: Stranger Things Volume One, 8.8 out of 10 based on 12 ratings

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