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Soundtrack review: Marvel’s Agent Carter (Christopher Lennertz – 2015)

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“Marvel’s Agent Carter”, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, inspired by the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis. I love the Marvel universe and I was curious to see what happened to Peggy Carter whom we last saw devastated by Cap’s disappearance. The score is written by Christopher Lennertz.

Hello there, epic and inspiring choral theme that strikes a couple of the most dear chords inside me… hello RCP goodness and hello music that can’t go wrong for me! And this is just “Peggy remembers Cap” which besides being all I’ve said above also fits very nicely in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sound. I can almost see the Marvel splash logo when I hear a cue like “Typewriter Spy messages”. This sound has been developed through the years with the wonderful contribution of all the composers who wrote scores and yet I feel that Christopher Lennertz brings a new perspective here which works even better. From the first second until the last “Agent Carter” is a take no prisoners action score, alert and exciting which sometimes lives me breathless and other times makes me wish I was part of The Avengers myself with the truly motivational pieces.

The composer wrote a very intelligent score that delivers exactly what the show needs; there are no flowers here, no unnecessary exaggerations. The sound and the emotions are dosed just right and every single cue just fits. Maybe another time I would have dismissed a fun piece like “Green man fight” but this is Marvel and the amusing jazzy rhythms just make me want to take this cue and hug it. The action takes place in the 40s? Please enjoy “Blondes and money” which is about as delightfully noir as a cue can get.

Christopher Lennertz delivers a lot of different goodies in this score and doesn’t abuse any of them. Choral work, quiet motifs, pounding action, they all race each other towards the finish line of “Agent Carter” without taking a break and the I as a listener am the winner of this race. Without a doubt one of the best TV scores of the year and one I will return to over and over again. I was moved, inspired, amused and excited during this hour. What more could I ask from a score?

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 48 / 65

Album excellence: 74%

Highlights:

Peggy Remembers Cap

Back Alley Surprise

Bad Babies

Typewriter Spy Messages

Green Man Fight

Blondes and Money

Morning After Shooting

Dairy Van Implosion

Dottie’s Training

Forgot the Password

Thompson’s Navy Cross

Instill Fear

Dottie Sneaks In

Peggy Saves Thompson

Inside the Minds of Soldiers

Leviathan Is Coming

Vest of Destruction

Check the Rooftops

Bring Him Home

We Have to Let Him Go

Peggy Gets Her Respect

Honored to Assist You

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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