Soundtrack Review: Stranger Things Vol. 2

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Stranger Things Volume 2
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2016
39 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 73 min.
Music by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

I was really entranced with volume 1 of Dixon & Stein’s score for Stranger Things. And Vol. 2 just continues that, but with a little more intensity with some tracks. But it still has the same dated (in a good way) sound that really brings you back in time. Tracks like # 7 First Kiss are like a cross between a slow dance or just a somber and thought-inducing piece of music. But then you get to a track like # 12 Danger Danger, which the title along pretty much explains the feelings you’re going to get, with a loud blaring sound, almost like some twisted tuba, but very effective. And then we go back again to a track that is almost trance-like with # 22 Eleven is Gone.

Just like Volume 1, Dixon and Stein continue to take us back to a time where this kind of soundtrack was normal for these kind of pictures. But just because it sounds dated, don’t let that fool you into thinking it is not effective, because it is, not only while watching the series itself, but even just listening to it by itself. Great stuff here.

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