The Putin Interviews Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score The Putin Interviews by Jeff Beal.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 80
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 12.2
Album Excellence: 15.4%
The Putin Interviews is a 2017 American four-part television documentary series created by Oliver Stone and starring Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin & Sergei Chudinov. Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone sets his sights on Russia in this documentary series for which he was granted unprecedented access to Vladimir Putin. Stone conducted more than a dozen interviews with the Russian president over a two-year period, with no topic off-limits. This four-part series features highlights of the talks, providing viewers with intimate insights into Putin’s personal and professional lives. The world leader discusses everything from his childhood living under communism to his rise to power, dealing with multiple U.S. presidents during his reign, and his thoughts on the current state of American-Russian relations. The score is composed by Jeff Beal.
Beal is as hot as they come when it comes to television and this is yet another score from him this year. How does he find the time? This is the second documentary although the only one spread out in 4 parts. I felt that his documentary score for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power was a bit similar to his work for House Of Cards. I hope that this one can have it’s own strong identity. The score opens with the main theme ‘The Putin Interviews Main Title Theme’, a celebratory Russian style theme fit for someone like Putin, a self-proclaimed strong leader of his country. Maybe a bit too much? Perhaps, but at least it’s different and definitely not something I’ve heard from Beal this year. ‘No Rules’ has the sound of a spy thriller with ethnic dinstruments and subtle vocals. Is it me or does the flute sound a bit off? There’s a part in there where it changes pitch a bit weirdly. Interesting, but I want this score to take me into a slightly different path.
Apart from a few cues though, I can’t complain that it’s too similar to some of Beal’s previous works this year which is something and what I wanted although you can clearly hear his signature style in cues like ‘Poverty Line To President’ and some others. I feel that when Beal use the horn more in some of the cues involving terrorism, it really enhances the whole sound of the score, making it sound more impressive and strong. That’s a statement. I really wish there were more of that, but sadly the score seems to get back into the same groove as before, and that’s a negative in my book. It’s not as exciting as it could be, or as evocative, but it does have it’s moments.
5. Second Chechen War
6. Seeds Of Al-Queda
7. Supporting Russians In Chechnya
8. Expanding Nato
10. Process And Painting
19. Lucky Man