The Morning Show: Season 2 (Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack)
As it turns out I’m a pretty big fan of The Morning Show. It’s not perfect. But as smart, snackable TV it’s solid, knows its game and brings in some big themes, big moments, big performances. It’s good – but not great. Or when it’s great it wobbles. It’s never terrible. But it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t like the show, I’d still want to check out the score on its own because it’s by Carter Burwell.
I spent a lot of time listening to the season 1 score after devouring the first series – but I was way behind the ball with that, only watching the show for the first time earlier this year. It meant there wasn’t much of a gap for me between season 1 and season 2 – not the two years that many fans have had to wait.
So I’m straight into the score for season 2 and without any disappointment whatsoever.
I noticed the music in the scenes, in the moments for when it was written, and as I was watching season two I was looking forward to spending time with the music away from the screen. But I also wanted to wait, to finish season two before I started in on the score-as-album.
I’m glad I did. The music is sublime on its own – but also you get those moments when the show is fresh enough in your mind that the music takes you right back. The cue for when Bradley Interviews Maggie, for instance. So good. Such perfect set-up, tension and cut through.
There are soft piano pieces with just a hint of orchestration – as on our opening (We Get Alex Back) – and though there are some abrasive moments (The Sould of the Universe) for the most part it’s calming music. A subtle, shimmering of pulse (In The Alex Business) and some really sweet pieces that seem to extend out beyond their brief run time (Bradley Alone). And some of the pieces are just close to heartbreaking (Friends and Family).
Burwell is the master of this sort of music – short cues that always punctuate, but never dominate. Beautiful stuff.