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Brian Rietzell: Boss (Original Television Soundtrack)

Boss

(Brian Rietzell)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Grade:
A+
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
14
Did You Know:

Brian Reitzell was a member of Red Kross and Air.

There are original soundtracks that I like because they are well put together and can take me on some pretty awesome adventures, even if the visual source material the soundtrack is used for is a mystery to me. Then you have soundtracks like Boss from Brian Reitzell that exceeds those parameters by cloaking itself in an ominous mystery and truly blocks you from taking the music into your mind and making stuff up. Not only did I love this soundtrack from beginning to end, I now have to go and track down this show. I absolutely have to know what it’s about and how this music fits into it.

The soundtrack begins with the shows theme, Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down by Robert Plant & The Band of Joy. Mind blown. From song one I am swept into this need to know what this show is. Is it a male version of Damages? A Devil’s Advocate like TV version? The song is absolutely sinister and spiritual in some off gospel way.

The rest of the album finds Reitzell sharing tracks with members of Air, My Morning Jacket, Explosions In The Sky, Daniel Lopatin, Califone, The Blue Nile, and one track from Wilco and one from Mark Hollis of Talk Talk, all of which carry their own distinctive sounds. Track two, Lizard Dream, is like meditation. Track three like a Texas choir group led by Ry Cooder. No one track is the same thanks to the fact that Reitzell brings in so much diverse talent to make this soundtrack happen.

Despite the originality of each track, as a whole, the soundtrack tells a story that you can choose to waste your time trying to grasp or, as I will, track down the show and see how all the pieces fit together. I just fined it hard to believe that I’ve seen six pictures Reitzell has done the soundtrack for and I am just now becoming a fan. Simply amazing stuff. Flawless with the capacity for infinite spins. I highly suggest you check it out.

 

AJ Garcia
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