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Soundtrack review: Teen wolf (Dino Meneghin – 2017)

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Soundtrack review: Teen wolf (Dino Meneghin – 2017)

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“Teen Wolf” is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him, and Dylan O’Brien as “Stiles” Stilinski, Scott’s best friend. The music was written by Dino Meneghin.

I guess the MTV setting of the show and the track record of this channel with not less than serious products threw me off cent as I am caught by surprise by how dark and almost epic the opening cue “Future’s tense” is. This is the kind of cue I would expect on a Marvel production or, even better, on the trailer for a Marvel production. The back an forth between epic and emotional, the variation in tone from alert to almost ambient make for an exceptional theme that could very well work as an end title cue. The main theme of the show is catchy and a bit retro and the pleasant surprises keep on coming. I haven’t watched the show but I could have gotten used to enjoying a main theme like this week in and week out. I am sure the composer mean it as a little nod to the 1985 original idea.

As I listen to this score and to it’s dense and complex tracks I realise that this show is in its sixth season already; it might be the first album release but Dino Meneghin has been writing music for this show and its characters for six years so no wonder every cue tells a story and is infused with emotions. This isn’t generic background TV music, this is music with meaning, from the playful and innovative “Dreaming of Stiles” to the almost cathartic “Scott’s revival”. I wasn’t expecting bold orchestral motifs either and here they are in all their beauty. There’s trippy electronic music like the funky “The second floor” and heartbreaking orchestral drama in “Dude dies”.

I think with this release the composer tried to fit into a short album his favourite themes from the show; the score is dense and varied and has everything from emotion to drama, to fun, to romance. For me “Teen Wolf” words as a best of compilation of music that deserved more releases and a deeper exploration. On the other hand when there’s a score like this it’s harder to find coherence. I liked most the epic action cues which were about as entertaining as trailer music pieces with clean and exciting buildups. The piano and keyboard use in “Teen wolf” was also right up my alley. Dino Meneghin managed to make the most of this release and showcase an exciting musical portfolio that makes me regret I didn’t get to hear more of “Teen Wolf”.

Cue rating: 84 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 13 / 34

Album excellence: 38%

Highlights:
Future’s Tense
Teen Wolf Main Title
Scott’s Revival
Dude Dies
That’s All, Folks

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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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