Soundtrack Review: Penny Dreadful Season 2 & 3

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Penny Dreadful: Seasons 2 & 3 Release by Varèse Sarabande, 2016.
Season 2: 25 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 71 min.
Season 3: 23 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 71 min.
Music Composed by Abel Korzienowski

Classic.

Just like the series, the music by Korzienowski is classical, elegant, beautiful at time, as well as terrifying as well. A perfect example of his is track 4 from Season 2, entitled Poison. It starts out with a quiet and relaxing piece of strings, but before too long, the emotion starts to turn darker, sad at first but then a gloom breaking through, completely changing the feeling of the piece. Just beautiful. That really is the beauty of what Korzienowski can do, and is well on display here in these two volumes.

Another element that is used here that I just love is the vocals. Not sure if it would be called chanting or just plain vocals, such as in Track # 12, Dolls Have Hearts, but they give us a unique sound but also distinct feeling that falls over you. I also love that besides the vocal aspect of it, a lot of strings are used, which is probably one of my favorite instrument group. It can bring so much depth and emotion to your ears. Granted, like in the opening track of Season 3, The Master, the strings are accompanied by some thundering horns that give it a more ominous feel to it, but this is still surrounded by the strings. Just love it.

If you are a fan of the series, then you will be a fan of these soundtracks. But honestly, even if you’ve never seen a single episode, but love classical music, with more of a sinister theme to it, then I think you will really enjoy these. Whether you just have it on in the background, or want to enhance some game you’re playing, this will help lure those victims in.

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