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 Posted:   Nov 11, 2022 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Just watched the first episode on BBC. Interesting "spaghetti" style to both the cinematography and the score by Jusid. I'm not overly familiar with his work but this score needs a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2022 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I sampled it a couple of days ago, but didn't do much for me, I'm afraid. However, Jusid managed to reignite some of my passion for the composer with SANTA EVITA. Not on the level of his previous efforts, but with "hints" of it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2022 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Undecided Zebra   (Member)

Just watched the first episode on BBC. Interesting "spaghetti" style to both the cinematography and the score by Jusid. I'm not overly familiar with his work but this score needs a release.

Yes I just binge watched all series, great series acting ,directing, story ,cinematography and score all deserve recognition. Score has nods to Morricone in addition to Copeland and even flourishes of john Barry in brass and staccato rhythms particularly in episode 3 of Jerry Goldsmith.
Hope it gets a wide audience .In U.K BBC and rest of world Amazon

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I'm 3 episodes in so far and... I quite like it...but I'm not loving it overall.
It certainly looks good (beautiful cinematography and atmospheric vistas...colourful too...not that drab sh!t we're normally fed) and the music is very good.
Yes, I've heard the nods to Morricone and Barry (although not Goldsmith) and it's also a nice change from the moody ambient dross we get these days pretending to be music score.
It also has the cold harsh environment well captured with the brutal stabs of throwaway violence and murder.
It's a very handsomely mounted production.
But I'm just not quite feeling the characters or the drama.
They're all at arm's length to me.
Maybe that will change with the remaining episodes?
But I've still enjoyed it so far just for the way it looks and sounds.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Btw...sorry to be such a pedant, but his first name is FEDERICO.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

They're all at arm's length to me.
Maybe that will change with the remaining episodes?


Yes, all will change in episodes 5 and 6. I found ep 4 very slow. Hard to get through it. I felt that it could have been shown in 30 minutes. Still it showed a big surprise. Episodes 5 and 6 really surprised me. There was a unique twist and strong emotional connections. Will write more later.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Good to know, Joan.
I too will report back when I've finished the whole show.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   scottweberpdx   (Member)

Just watched the first episode on BBC. Interesting "spaghetti" style to both the cinematography and the score by Jusid. I'm not overly familiar with his work but this score needs a release.

I'm really excited for this...Jusid is pretty amazing, IMHO.
If you are looking for some more of his work that (I think) is amazing...try:
Isabel
El Verano Que Vivimos
Origenes Secretos
The Hidden Face

He composes for quite a few projects, but a lot of them, unfortunately, haven't gotten commercial releases.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Btw...sorry to be such a pedant, but his first name is FEDERICO.

My mistake Kev. Apologies to Mr. Jusid!

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Just watched the first episode on BBC. Interesting "spaghetti" style to both the cinematography and the score by Jusid. I'm not overly familiar with his work but this score needs a release.

I'm really excited for this...Jusid is pretty amazing, IMHO.
If you are looking for some more of his work that (I think) is amazing...try:
Isabel
El Verano Que Vivimos
Origenes Secretos
The Hidden Face

He composes for quite a few projects, but a lot of them, unfortunately, haven't gotten commercial releases.


I will check them out, thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Enjoyed the first two episodes. The music is refreshingly good. Very Barry in a few key emotionally-charged dialogue scenes.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I watched the first two episodes last night. Excellent stuff, moody, atmospheric, violent. Can't wait to watch the remaining episodes. Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer are excellent and the score has, at times a Spaghetti Western vibe. Highly recommended.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/nov/10/the-english-review-emily-blunt-bbc?fbclid=IwAR2qqC45FteaKP-cmjD6Q3m2nEtmt9SzwfkCBjcR9w4c7hyP1C5x3UKK2dM

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Overall, I liked this series and some of the music. I won’t write spoilers.

Things I didn’t like:
1. Didn’t care for the songs. The songs pulled me out of the storylines. Also, the ambient music sounded very MODERN, and for me didn’t fit a movie that takes place in 1890.
2. Long passages of dialogue reminded me of Tarantino movies and didn’t always enhance my understanding. Places in this series take patience.
3. Couldn’t stand the Over Acting by the villain played by Rafe Spall. He was a repulsive psychopath, and his over acting grated on my nerves. The worst part about him is that his accent was so thick, I couldn’t understand 90% of his dialogue. I had no problem with other accents, just his.

Things I loved.
1. Emily Blunt is stunning, especially in the last two episode. I also really liked Chaske Spencer and a few other supporting actors.
2. This really isn’t a spoiler because it is obvious in the trailer that she comes to America to avenge the death of her son. Audience members will make certain assumptions. I did. Our typical assumptions are decimated. I didn’t see the twists and turns of various narratives coming.
3. I kept wondering why the series would leave the two main character to focus on what seemed as unnecessary chronicles or possibly just fillers. I loved how ALL those narrative threads were relevant and finally braided together in the last two episodes.
4. Except for the music issues I mentioned above, I really liked the music. Much of it sounded western with a nice main theme used in places. Jusid also composed some lovely, emotional, semi romantic music.
5. Cinematography was gorgeous. Also, this is hard to describe, but I’ve never seen such unusual camera angles in a series or movies. The photography was very unique.

I was very emotionally engaged through most of this series, especially in the last two episodes. Moreover, I’m still pondering various story lines, characters, and the surprises. It is nice to have to think at the end of a series.

Note, there is only one youtube about Jusid and The English. It is not his music nor in the series. Hopefully, some of his music from this series eventually will be on youtube.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 12:13 AM   
 By:   Undecided Zebra   (Member)

Overall, I liked this series and some of the music. I won’t write spoilers.

Things I didn’t like:
1. Didn’t care for the songs. The songs pulled me out of the storylines. Also, the ambient music sounded very MODERN, and for me didn’t fit a movie that takes place in 1890.
2. Long passages of dialogue reminded me of Tarantino movies and didn’t always enhance my understanding. Places in this series take patience.
3. Couldn’t stand the Over Acting by the villain played by Rafe Spall. He was a repulsive psychopath, and his over acting grated on my nerves. The worst part about him is that his accent was so thick, I couldn’t understand 90% of his dialogue. I had no problem with other accents, just his.

Coming from England I found no problem with Rafe Spalls accent in fact if i closed my eyers i thought it was Tom Hardy from Peaky Blinders. I would have rated this series as one of the finest of the year, the bittersweet ending was beautifully realised.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Undecided Zebra   (Member)

Overall, I liked this series and some of the music. I won’t write spoilers.

Things I didn’t like:
1. Didn’t care for the songs. The songs pulled me out of the storylines. Also, the ambient music sounded very MODERN, and for me didn’t fit a movie that takes place in 1890.
2. Long passages of dialogue reminded me of Tarantino movies and didn’t always enhance my understanding. Places in this series take patience.
3. Couldn’t stand the Over Acting by the villain played by Rafe Spall. He was a repulsive psychopath, and his over acting grated on my nerves. The worst part about him is that his accent was so thick, I couldn’t understand 90% of his dialogue. I had no problem with other accents, just his.

Coming from England I found no problem with Rafe Spalls accent in fact if i closed my eyers i thought it was Tom Hardy from Peaky Blinders. I thought his character acting was one on the strengths of the series. I would have rated this series as one of the finest of the year, the bittersweet ending was beautifully realised.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Btw...sorry to be such a pedant, but his first name is FEDERICO.

My mistake Kev. Apologies to Mr. Jusid!

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I'm sure he won't mind.
In fact, if he's looking, he's probably just happy that we're talking about his music in the first place.
And you can amend it you know, with the simple edit option.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"Long passages of dialogue reminded me of Tarantino movies and didn’t always enhance my understanding"
---------------------------
Glad you mentioned that Joan.
Although I'm only 3 episodes in, I have noticed that quite a few times, giving it too much of a rambling, modern slant.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

I recommend previous BBC series by writer/diector Hugo Blick. THE SHADOW LINE, for example, is fantastic.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Is there a commercial release of this score--CD or download?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2022 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Not at the moment, villa.
But I'm sure a digital score release will be forthcoming.
For now, there's only this 30-minute, fan-edit Extended version of the Main Title...

 
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