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Killing Eve: Season Two [Original Series Soundtrack]

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The team behind Killing Eve changed little of the show's winning formula for its second season, and its unmistakable music is no exception. Reflecting the wild ups and downs of the cat-and-mouse game -- and love-hate relationship -- between British intelligence agent Eve Polastri and the assassin Villanelle, Killing Eve: Season Two [Original Series Soundtrack] is a darker and more turbulent affair than its predecessor. This is especially true of the songs by Unloved, which once again feel like a custom chorus commenting on the show's twists and turns even though most of them were written years before Killing Eve went into production. Alongside quintessentially flamboyant and ever so slightly deranged tracks such as "Remember" and "I Could Tell You But I'd Have to Kill" are genuinely haunting moments like the eerie "Tell Mama" and "Her," a hushed echo of the show's queerness. That there are slightly fewer songs by Unloved on this soundtrack allows Killing Eve: Season Two [Original Series Soundtrack] to include more like-minded artists and cult favorites. Chief among the latter is the Poppy Family's enduringly creepy "Where Evil Grows," which is probably the best-known song out of any of the show's music -- a testament to just how deep the music supervisors dug in the crates. The soundtrack also goes wide, reflecting all the different locales of season two's action: Besides the different facets of French pop and rock represented by Fabienne Delsol's kittenish yet spooky garage-psych and the whispery chamber pop of Le Volume Courbe, there's "Vai Tu Sei Libero," an Italian version of "You Don't Own Me" by singer/actress Dalida, and "Vlinder Van Een Zomer," a Dutch interpretation of "Angel of the Morning" by Willeke Alberti. The Delmonas' "Dangerous Charms" and the sneering psych stomper "Screw You" by Ramases are among the collection's English eccentricities. The soundtrack closes with "Opera House" by Cigarettes After Sex, the only other act besides Unloved to appear on each season of the show. It's a genuine expression of heartache that stands in stark contrast to the wilder moments that came before it, but the ease with which Killing Eve: Season Two [Original Series Soundtrack] -- as well as the show itself -- switches emotional gears like this is one of its most impressive accomplishments.

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