Almost Human: Can We Talk About This Show’s Amazing Music For A Second?

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

At this it’s anybody’s guess as to whether Almost Human will be around for a second season. It’s Fox we’re talking about here, and the ratings have definitely not been great. Granted, at least some of that can probably be attributed to the fact has aired the episodes in a completely bugfuck order, turning Kennex and Dorian’s evolving relationship into an absolute mess, with the two jumping back and forth between prickly and friendly with no apparent rhyme or reason. And if Fox does kill it — as they have killed so many promising series before — it’ll be a damn shame. But I came to praise Almost Human, not to eulogize it. I want to talk about something that struck me while rewatching the show. Namely: the music selection is amazing.

The score was created by The Crystal Method, and their driving, propulsive sound perfectly suits the tone of the show, as well as the classic ’80s sci-fi vibe the show is riffing on. But the awesome doesn’t stop there. Almost Human has been pitch-perfect in its use of music across the board, ranging from a musical punchline — Buh-buh-buh-Bennie and the Jets! — to a tune by Canadian New Wave band Strange Advance, to Pearl Jam’s haunting “Pendulum,” a song that had somehow never hit my radar, but which has been on replay damn near continuously as I worked today.

Curious to check it out for yourself? We did the legwork and pulled YouTube videos for every song we could find that was featured in Almost Human, starting with the thoroughly addictive “Drone Refusenik” by The December Sound up top. Check out the pages that follow for the rest, divided by the episode they appeared in. Turn down the lights, put on some headphones, settle back on the couch, and listen to sounds of the future…

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