David Carbonara
Mad Men: On the Rocks


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
August 30th, 2013 | 8 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2013 | Tracklist


Mad Men: On the Rocks, the first collection of David Carbonara’s original score music from the acclaimed television series, compiles incidental music from the show’s 4th and 5th seasons, which has arguably been the show reaching a peak in maturity and its ravishingly vintage 1960s signature style. Because of this, David Carbonara’s score music receives a debut comprised of his absolute best highlights from a point where the show and its music has settled comfortably into its slick and authentic period-piece groove. While the average length of these tracks is around a minute, the majority of them are undeniably uppity, and with quite a lot going on in them as well. Carbonara has constructed cues that cover all the basics and beyond when it comes to the music culture and composition style of the time of Mad Men’s setting. On the Rocks has a range of very catchy swing and brassy bop cuts, lounge-worthy jazz songs that more than complement the show with cool and suave overtones -- and in doing so make for more substantial material than your average waiting room intercom or elevator jingles -- and equally sophisticated and sultry string and piano music appearing on the more drawn-out compositions. The songs may be very short, but the brevity actually ties in nicely with the show in a uniquely thematic way, as some of the songs can play as infectious commercial music that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce would be behind. At the end of a long day at the office, Mad Men: On the Rocks makes a strong first impression with a nicely selected group of Carbonara’s best music from the show, and makes sure to include just as much sounds from a variety of the show’s locations as it does music from the most important and standout scenes. The success of Mad Men’s style may largely lie in its strikingly alluring visual presentation, but On the Rocks proves the score music to be an important factor in that very enticing equation.



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breakingthefragile
August 30th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally, a Mad Men score music album. And holy paragraph.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2013


4452 Comments


Nice! I love Mad Men.

This show has a such a great soundtrack. I've only heard the music through the show, and have yet to spin the OST albums, but I have occasionally downloaded some favourites like "Mad Men Suite" and "Lipstick" from season 1.

breakingthefragile
August 30th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I highly recommend you check this soundtrack out man. I have a feeling it'd really appeal to you since you seem to be very fond of the type of music from Mad Men's era.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2013


4452 Comments


I will, thank you. There's a track I heard once from I think season 2 that had a kind of Yusef Lateef-like feel to it that I've been meaning to find for a while. It's good stuff.

Did you see season 6 by any chance? What did you think of it?

Milpool
August 30th 2013


162 Comments


I prefer David Bolognese tbh

Satellite
August 30th 2013


20826 Comments


*rimshot*

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2013


10352 Comments


"At the end of a long day at the office, Mad Men: On the Rocks makes a strong first impression"

I'd cut out this first part, I get what you're going for but it feels a bit underdeveloped.

"strikingly alluring"

I try to avoid wordy descriptions like that, with adverbs that contribute too little

Really good read overall though, i have yet to check this show out but i need to

breakingthefragile
August 30th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Omaha Eh you win some and you lose some when it comes to in-review references lol.

@SgtPepper I have seen season 6, I really enjoyed it. Seriously one of the darkest seasons, part of that being due to all the horrible events that took place during the season. Bobby Kenny being shot, Martin Luther King Jr. being shot, etc. Seeing Don finally spill it about his childhood in the finale was satisfying.



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