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Killing Them Safely


Composers: Brooke and Will Blair
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 27 November 2015

Lakeshore Records release Brooke and Will Blair's score for Killing Them Safely. Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly force, so why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since? At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, this movie brings together startling archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate to shed much-needed light on an urgent issue...

For a documentary like this it's hard to review the soundtrack fairly. A lot of the tracks were never meant to be listened to in isolation and need the onscreen visuals to work. On their own they sound like music cues that don't really do anything.

The album contains 16 tracks (45 min, 46 sec) and there are exceptions to the background filler music. 'History of Taser', for example, is an enjoyable little track.

While this is not the sort of soundtrack that I get much out of, I also appreciate that it was probably never intended to be listened to outside of the movie.


Darren Rea

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