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 Posted:   Nov 30, 2017 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Just a recommendation for a 7 part streaming NETFLIX series called "Godless". It's a western but a truly refreshing one you won't forget. It stars Jeff Daniels (the "baddie"), Jack O'Connell (the "hero") and Michelle Suzanne Dockery (from "Downton Abbey") (the "girl"). I think Daniels deserves an Emmy for his performance

Carlos Rafael Rivera is the score composer for the film. I found the music understated only because I remain entrenched in the Bernstein/Newman western vein and missed expected fireworks.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2017 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   WhoDat   (Member)

I second the recommendation... I'm five episodes in and it's a nice change of pace mini-series show. The music is definitely understated with a lot of acoustic guitar with a small orchestral string section backing it up. But the show has a quiet, pastoral feel between the bursts of violence.

However there was one cue for a montage in the fourth episode (I believe) that was very Horner-like in its chord progression. In fact, it very much sounded like they temp tracked the "learning to be a Navi" cue from Avatar and the composer of the show just went with a very similar sound.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2017 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

That was the beginning of the fifth episode. The clearest temp track lift in the show, but it actually turns out fairly different from the Horner (though it was clearly the point of departure).

This is a fantastic series which I highly recommend. Great characters, great realism, involving story. The music in context at least is excellent and personally I would happily buy an album.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   The Juggler   (Member)

IMO, Carlos Rafael Rivera's score for GODLESS is the finest film scoring I've heard this year. I am salivating for a soundtrack release and every episode had me marveling at the understated power of the score. The music reminds me of a pair of excellent western scores, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (by Larry Paxton, Marty Stuart and Kristin Wilkinson) and Carter Burwell's THE HI-LO COUNTRY (which could definitely benefit from an expanded release). Highest recommendation for the miniseries itself.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2017 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Watched the first one last night after the recommendations here and was impressed.

Now, don't anyone jump on me for this because it may be that I simply haven't seen many of the last few westerns, but quite a bit of it reminded me of....The Lone Ranger. Maybe it was the use of widescreen in the style passed down from the spaghettis, not to mention the stuff with the railroad (that too being a major feature of Once Upon A The in the West), or perhaps the adult tone which many thought to be out of place with the Disney film. But don't forget I'm one of those few that loved TLR..

Will certainly watch it all. Fills a nice gap waiting for a whole bunch of spaghetti Blu-rays I decided to round up sitting under the Christmas tree soon..

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   michael469   (Member)

IMO, Carlos Rafael Rivera's score for GODLESS is the finest film scoring I've heard this year. I am salivating for a soundtrack release and every episode had me marveling at the understated power of the score. The music reminds me of a pair of excellent western scores, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (by Larry Paxton, Marty Stuart and Kristin Wilkinson) and Carter Burwell's THE HI-LO COUNTRY (which could definitely benefit from an expanded release). Highest recommendation for the miniseries itself.

I too am watching this series here in the UK. For a television series I was also curious about the music and am watching the programme for its visuals and story as well as the music.

The narrative is very good and Daniels plays his part with relish.

One thing that does strike me is whether the hair styles for both men and women are accurate? I thought that women mostly wore their hair tight to the head on farms (as opposed to saloon girls and women) and men wore their hair long and were mostly bearded or moustached. It is something that distracts me when watching westerns. Am I wrong in this?

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

Sounds good and will have to check it out.

Btw, I first dropped by here because I wondered if the topic was about a very cool Danzig song named "Godless".

 
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