Various Artists - Always Sunny in Philedelphia (Music From the Original FX Series)

by Ari Browne
(Boston, Ma, USA)

The album It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Music From The Original FX Series, provides the classic soundtrack from our favorite gang. While you listen along you are transported to some of your favorite moments within the show.

Even those without prior knowledge of the series and its themes, are welcomed to enjoy the orchestral talents of artists such as Heinz Kiessling, Werner Tautz and Paul Rothman. While most of these wonderful composers are dead, the It’s Always Sunny album employs these capolavori to makeup an album that is both technically adequate and fun.

All artists featured in this album are professionals in their craft. Having scored a score of films and television shows, most have heard these songs at least once. The theme and style of the songs all originate, or are at least inspired by the post war feelings of success and bliss.

The soothing jovial tones work as a stark contrast to the themes of the television show, having them comprise a singular album amplifies the comical dedication to irony. The colorful tapestry of the orchestra has often presented me with confusion while it is played alongside a scene where a character is beaten mercilessly, or is befallen by some other cruel misfortune.

Given the title of the album you are led to expect that the proprietor would be a fan of or at least familiar with the show. Making the album all one would expect. Each song lends a different story, and while they all hold a similar airy light melody, the composers and titles each have a slight variant.

With quick tempos the songs “Off Broadway” and “Glitterati Party” are two of the most popular and each occupy a singular timbre, which helps the album blend as a whole despite the varying artists.

As one would assume theses songs are very indicative of the age in which they were released or written. Most being post WWII, this genre of easy listening is not quite as popular with the young folks of today. Yet they are much to be appreciated as score for a modern comedy and for any easy listening one would choose to do on their own. I would advise against listening to these showtunes in large blocks of time.

The cohesion of the songs make the distinguishing between them difficult even between different artists. To be most appreciated, one should listen these songs in small bits and not long successions of time. The lack of lyrics, make for a difficult time distinguishing between songs for those not well versed in the genre.

Regardless of your relationship with It’s Always Sunny is well put together, and fun for nearly all occasions and settings.

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