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Song Exploder

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Insightful docu about creativity, collaboration, and music.

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Each roughly 25-minute episode of this interesting documentary series offers viewers a chance to understand how some of today's most popular songs, scores, and soundtracks came together. Singers like Alicia Keys, rappers like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and bands like R.E.M. share details about what inspired them, some of the unique aspects of the composition, and how they feel about the work today.

Overall, Song Exploder offers an insightful look into the creative process and explores how some of the music we love came to be. Thanks to the outstanding sound quality of the series, which replicates that of the podcast from which it's adapted, listening to the series is just as good as watching it. No doubt that music lovers will appreciate what is being offered here, but even those without a musical background will appreciate knowing more about what goes into creating the music we love.

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