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The 100
Season 6
Original Television Soundtrack


Composer: Tree Adams
Label: WaterTower Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 17 July 2020

WaterTower Music release the soundtrack for the sixth season of The 100, Warner Bros. Television’s post-apocalyptic drama. For five seasons, our heroes did whatever it took to survive on Earth... and nothing worked. Their inability to overcome the instinct to fight caused the destruction of the planet. Now, after 125 years in cryosleep, traveling through the stars, our heroes wake up to a new home, a final gift from their dearly departed friend Monty. A place where they can try again. They’re given one simple task: do better. Be the good guys...

The score to the sixth season of The 100 is composed by Tree Adams, who approaches the sound of a wooden spoon mashing potatoes, church bells tolling in Corsica, or air pushing through a tube mic pre with equal interest.

Talking about the music, Adams says: "The latest soundtrack features an expansive new palette as we introduce some new characters and explore some mysterious new worlds. Often, things are not as they seem and the very abstract element of time comes into question. Musically, these new components coalesce with our traditional dark, emotional flavours to support the tale in this new place that is distinctly epic and distinctly The 100."

For fans of the show this is obviously an essential souvenir which captures the atmosphere of its sixth season but, for casual soundtrack collectors, there's very little here to get excited about. Yes, it's technically a solid score, but it is also peppered heavily with music cues and background atmospheric themes. I was actually surprised that, given how much music there must have been for an entire season that these 19 tracks (59 min, 46 sec) are the key highlights.

Yes there are wonderfully emotive themes like 'Russell & Sanctum' and 'This Is How We Get Our Humanity Back', but these are few and far between. Probably one best heard where it was intended, to heighten the atmosphere of the show.


Darren Rea

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