"Mad Men On The Rocks"
Music By David Carbonara
23 Tracks/Disc Time: 44:56
For over seven captivating seasons, AMC's hit Emmy Award winning series "Mad Men" has been enjoying major success on Cable TV and outside of the medium thanks to its' alluring cast and those awesome costumes. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Jon Hamm ("The Town", January Jones ("X-Men: First Class"), Elisabeth Moss ("Get Him To The Greek"), John Slattery ("The Adjustment Bureau"), Vincent Kartheiser ("In Time"), Christina Hendricks ("Drive"), Bryan Batt ("Jeffery"), Alison Brie ("The Lego Movie", "The Five Year Engagement") and Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") along side some very special guest appearances over the years by the likes of Linda Cardellini ("E.R", "Freaks & Geeks"), Embeth Davidtz ("Fallen"), Rosemarie DeWitt ("The Company Men"), Colin Hanks ("King Kong"), Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls"), Julia Ormond ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and many more that have added a special prescence to the show.
The show revolves around the lives of the men and women who work for the Sterling Cooper advertising agency in New York in the 1960s. The agency is thriving, but the advertising game becomes more competitive as the industry develops. The agency must adapt to ensure its survival behind the mysterious Don Draper (Hamm) who's a talented ad executive at the top of his game. However, the secrets from his past and his present threaten to topple his work and family life with his wife, Betty (Jones). Recently nominated for 12 Emmy Awards, "Mad Men" continues to be one of the more memorable shows on cable television today.
Adding to the success of the series is the work of composer David Carbonara, who's music for the series is simply sparkling. Carbonara who I had never heard of until this album and his other albums for the series that were released in a brief limited capacity and really haven't has had the proper exposure that it really should be getting. The music is a product of the 60's period which evokes jazz (which I personally love) as well featuring some great dramatic material that adds to the over all mood and drama of the show. Carbonara carefully shifts these two styles perfectly and that's why Silva Screen's latest album is solid success. Starting with the ultra cool jazz piece "Pacific Coast Highway" that really sells the period and the hipsters of the 60's, followed by the cool West Coast styled "Bunny's Bop", the Vince Guaraldi flavored "Like A Good Girlfriend", the Brazillian flavored "Hotel Bossa" (a piece I played over and over again which is thirty seconds of cool nirvana) and the Latin tinged "Christmas Conga", Carbonara's flavorable material really adds an excellent variety to the dramatic material on the album and the show.
Carbonara's dramatic material also has that 60's styled scoring that will remind those of the late Elmer Bernstein, Laurence Rosenthal, Lalo Schifrin, Michel Legrand and Jerry Goldsmith which really is great company to be with. Tracks such as "Don And Betty In Rome", "First Kiss", "Draper's Ruse", "Betty's Home And Sally's Story", and "The New York Times" are amongst the very solid and dramatic highlights of this very solid album where Carbonara really displays his excellent dramatic skill utilizing excellent string work to evoke the tensions of the material.
Silva Screen's album is a pretty good and enjoyable representation of the music from the show, but there's more. Tons more that the other out-of-print albums offer that hopefully will make another set of CD's in the near future. Carbonara's music is just simply infectious and enjoyable and really is worth having more releases of his music on CD because he should also be fairly represented as much as the original pre-recorded music featured on the show. Silva's first and technically "officially" publicly issued and available CD of his music (the others were an Amazon On Demand, and a Target Exclusive which were both available for a limited time), is well worth it and highly recommended. Enthusiastic thumbs up for this CD.