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Title: Bates Motel

Composer: Chris Bacon

The Show: Norman Bates: Episode I. I enjoyed the series (despite some anger over a totally unnecessary rape scene in the first episode) and considering the original source material I was skeptical, but the writers have done a good job.

The Score: The music is quite beautiful. You can definitely hear (Bernard) Herrmann's influence with the typical high strings, and even Angelo Badalamenti, with a little bit of Twin Peaks in the piano, but Bacon's score is much more laid back and softer than Herrmann's. As opposed to the music in Psycho being a character, it's much more understated here and bulds the tension well.

Distinguishing Features: The range. There is a lot of danger here, but also love, confusion, tension, and uncertainty, and Bates pulls it off with aplomb.

Final Thoughts: Bring on season two!

Bates Motel is out now from Varese Sarabande

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