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The Sinner
Original Series Soundtrack


Composer: Ronit Kirchman
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 11 May 2018

Lakeshore Records release the soundtrack to TV series The Sinner, with music by Ronit Kirchman. An eight episode close-ended series which follows a young mother who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” - but the “why” - as an investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman's buried motive. Together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past...

There's no denying that Ronit Kirchman delivers a rich and intricate score for The Sinner. Sadly, a lot of the depth and beauty is lost a little due to the fact that this is an electronic score (which has too many limitations to do the music the justice it deserves).

It's atmospheric and engaging, but it's only really going to appeal to a niche audience - either electronic fans or those that saw the show and loved the music. For me, listening to it without having seen the series, I can't for the life of me imagine how tracks like 'Tangerines' can possible work with any imagery.

While I'm not a great fan of electronic scores, there was something about this album that was appealing. Sure, it's not an album I'll dig out very often, if at all, in the future. But as an interesting taste of something a little different this is rather novel.


Darren Rea

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