Red Riding was originally adapted from the four novels that comprised Red Riding Quartet by David Peace. Back in 2009 they were made into 3 feature length television events that aired in the United Kingdom. They were released here in the states recently as 3 seperate films. The films chronicle the investigations of serial murders dealing with the Yorkshire Ripper case. This British Noir delves further and further into a web of corruption. So, I guess you could say it’s similar to David Fincher’s Zodiac if you need a reference except it spans 3 films.
The second part of the trilogy was composed by Dickon Hinchliffe and the sound is overtly a bit different right off the bat. This album was released separately with my guess being to not mix up the different composers’ work on the series. This score is more brooding and has an intensity that the first two scores didn’t have. It still manages to have a noirish feel to the music but in a more modern way. The sound is much more full and atmospheric. It doesn’t carry the melodic style the first two scores did, but it’s still effective in its approach.
Overall, this is great that these two albums got a release. It’s a nice collection of music to discover something you probably never heard of unless you are aware of the novels or these adaptations. The scores may lack any everlasting impact on the listener, but there are some great themes and atmospheric stuff here.