Soundtrack Review: Unforgotten Series 2

Soundtrack Review: Unforgotten Series 2

Unforgotten Series 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Unforgotten Series 2 by Michael Price.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 92.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.4
Album Excellence: 65.6%

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Unforgotten is a British television crime drama, first broadcast on ITV on 8 October 2015. The series was created and written by Chris Lang, and follows two London detectives, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar), as they work together to solve cold cases involving historic disappearances and murders. The first series focuses on the murder of Jimmy Sullivan, a student who disappeared in 1974 whose remains are discovered during the demolition of a house in North London. Filming for the first series began in March 2015 and lasted for twelve weeks. Filming took place in locations including the London suburbs, the Essex coast, Westminster and the Fens. This is a review of series 2 which aired from January 5th 2017 to February 9th 2017. The score is composed by Michael Price.

I must admit that even though I listened to and reviewed Unforgotten series 1, I can’t remember how it sounded. This would be a good place to add an “unforgotten” pun, but I’ll spare you. Price is heavily involved in British TV these days with Sherlock Season 4 only recently wrapped. I’m more and more curious about The Unforgotten though and series 1 was apparently a huge success. Another one I need to see at some point. The score opens with ‘The Suitcase’, a nice and strong mysterious opening piece, even haunting in places. The violin is particularly powerful here, much more so than the reverberating piano. I like the ambience too, and the mood, it hit the spot. As I can’t remember how series 1 sounded, I have no point of reference, but I’m liking what I hear, specially when mixed with a lovely theme like in ‘Cause Of Death’.

Most thriller scores goes dark too soon, and too much, but this one varies quite a bit with brighter spots in between. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dark and it’s supposed to be, but I don’t feel all hopeless here. Price is great at using the instruments well and to put it to great use. It feels like every time I hear the violin for example, it’s with a great purpose and the score really needed it at that exact moment. It keeps the score fresh and interesting, and also quite beautiful. Interestingly my biggest complaint for the series 1 score was the construction of the album and the cues. This one doesn’t seem to have similar issues which is great. Maybe I’ll have to go back listening to the series 1 score again as I might find it more appealing now after having listened to the series 2 score. In any case, this is a really great score and shouldn’t be forgotten.

1. The Suitcase
2. Popular Picnic Spot
3. Cause Of Death
4. Safe Now
8. Clients
9. No Need For Thanks
10. Already Dead
11. Just Walk Away
12. Saying Goodbye
13. The Pub
14. Very Good At Beer
15. Stay With Mum
16. Drink And Drugs
18. Previous Employer
23. Photographic Proof
24. Just Like You
25. Not Having Kids
26. Spag Bol
27. Shrugged It Off
29. Following
31. I Was Special
34. Permission

GD Star Rating


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