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Department Q
The Absent One
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composers: Johan Söderqvist, Uno Helmersson and Patrik Andrén
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 03 June 2016

Based on the acclaimed crime novel series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Zentropa’s Department Q series is one of the biggest hits of Scandinavian cinema in recent years. Coinciding with the international release of A Conspiracy of Faith, the third film in the saga, MovieScore Media releases a whole trilogy of soundtracks which can be bought separately: The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One, scored by Johan Söderqvist, Patrik Andrén and Uno Helmersson, and A Conspiracy of Faith featuring music by Nicklas Schmidt...

The Department Q series follows Inspectors Carl Mørck and Assad, two investigators whose job is to re-investigate cold cases whenever new evidence turns up. In The Absent One, the team uncovers the real murderers of twins who fell victim to a group of privileged kids testing their boundaries.

Johan Söderqvist, Uno Helmersson and Patrik Andrén's score for the second movie in the Department Q series, The Absent One, represents yet another impressive collaboration.

This score represents a whole new set of themes compared to the first score in the franchise, The Keeper of Lost Causes. If anything, this second release is a little more subtle and a touch more beautiful.

The album contains 16 tracks (40 min, 18 sec). 'Kimmie's Theme' represents this album's one stand out memorable and beautiful track. Other personal highlights include 'The Love Story'; 'Kiss and Rifle'; 'Carl and Kimmie'; 'The Informant' (which revisits the main theme from The Keeper of Lost Causes; and 'Kimmie's Theme (Reprise)'.

It's another impressive album that is well worth seeking out. There are plenty of beautiful themes and little moments that are well worth discovering.


Darren Rea

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