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Berlin Station
Music from the Original Series


Composer: Reinhold Heil
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 11 November 2016

Lakeshore Records release Reinhold Heil's original score for Berlin Station. This contemporary spy series follows Daniel Miller, an undercover agent who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistleblower masquerading as "Thomas Shaw." Guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean, Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field officer - agent-running, deception, danger and moral compromises. As he dives deeper into the German capital's hall of mirrors and uncovers the threads of a conspiracy that leads back to Washington, Daniel wonders: Can anyone ever be the same after a posting to Berlin...?

Reinhold Heil delivers a strictly by-the-numbers selection of music cues for his score for Berlin Station. While I can imagine this is atmospheric and creates some tense moments in the series, it all sounds rather dull when listened to in isolation.

Over the course of this album's 30 tracks (1 hr, 08 min, 06 sec) there are no interesting themes, nothing you'd want to add to your playlist, just suspense music cues that don't really have any true depth. While this was carefully crafted to work its magic in the series, on its own it barely attracts the listener's attention. The only real track of merit is 'My Final Message', but that only stands out as the rest of the music is so flat.


Darren Rea

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