The Knick Season 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score The Knick Season 2 by Cliff Martinez.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 77.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 15.8
Album Excellence: 35.9%
The Knick is an American television drama series on Cinemax created by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler and starring Clive Owen, Andre Holland and Jeremy Bobb. In New York City in 1900, the Knickerbocker Hospital operates with innovative surgeons, nurses and staff who have to overcome the limitations of the then-current medical understanding and practice, to prevent staggeringly high mortality rates. Dr. John Thackery (partially based on historical figure, William Stewart Halsted), the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, battles his cocaine and opium addictions with his ambition for medical discovery and his reputation among his peers. Dr. Algernon Edwards, a Harvard-educated, European-trained black surgeon (probably based on the historical Daniel Hale Williams), must fight for respect within the all-white populated hospital, as well as the racially-charged city. While struggling to keep the lights on, the hospital attempts to attract a wealthy clientele, without sacrificing quality care. This is the review of season 2. The score is composed by Cliff Martinez.
The Knick is a critically acclaimed television show which I have sadly missed for the most part. I saw a few episodes on season 1 an decided it wasn’t for me. I’m not into medical dramas, even a unique one such as this. When I listened to the first season score and wrote a review of it I mentioned that watching the episodes and hearing the music in context felt very wrong to me. The music was so inappropriate it helped me stop watching the show and that’s unusual. The music on album though was pretty good, great even in parts. This time I have no context to judge it so it’s solely based on the music itself which I imagine won’t be too different from season 1. The score opens with ‘Dearest John’ and yes, it is no surprise to me what I’m hearing. It’s an all-electronic score which was expected. Is it good? Well, it’s good, but not catchy enough to give 5 star right away. ‘It’s My Eye’ is not catching on fire either. I vividly remember the opening cues to season 1 and that was very exciting to me. I hope that I can feel like that again. ‘If Anyman Thirst’ is exactly that. Now this is a catchy tune helped by very nice sounds like a bass beat and reverb on the main synth. It’s bouncing around in my head right now and I love it. There’s a ghostly theremin synth sound as well and I think it’s brilliant.
This is Martine through and through. If you know and love his style, you will appreciate this. I have been a bit critical in the past, but he’s growing on me. He has impressed me in recent years, particularly with scores like The Knick. I Thought I had pegged him down already, but he surprised me even though musically not much has changed. I still think the music is wildly inappropriate for the television show but it’s fascinating to see how it works in context. I do appreciate the album though and that’s what I’m all about. I’m an album man and I enjoyed listening to this from start to finish even with it’s many weird moments. There are some seriously strange music on here like ‘Nicaragua 1894’ and ‘Humiliating Sewage’. I’m curious though, what do you think of the score?
3. If Anyman Thirst
5. Speight Lived Here
6. Pig Thermometer
8. I Hear A Crackle
17. I Set Her Up Gluten Free Remix
18. Do You Smell That