A Dive Into “Bridgerton”: A Not-So-Spoiler-Free Soundtrack Review

by Elizabeth Blank

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I have lived and breathed “Bridgerton” since season two came out. I got so into it that I started listening to the soundtrack while doing daily tasks such as studying, doing laundry and even showering. I created a universe for myself where, when the music is on, I am in the 1800s dancing at balls, instead of writing my history essay. 

Just when we thought season one’s music was amazing, season two hit us with even better songs. 

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Season two songs are the acoustic/quartet versions of: 

  • “Stay Away” (Nirvana Cover) – Vitamin String Quartet
  • “Material Girl” (Madonna Cover) – Kris Bowers
  • “Diamonds” (Rihanna Cover) – Hannah V & Joe Rodwell
  • “Dancing on My Own” (Robyn Cover) – Vitamin String Quartet
  • “You Oughta Know” (Alanis Morissette Cover) – Duomo
  • “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” (Jatin-Lalit and Lata Mangeshkar Cover) – Kris Bowers
  • “Sign Of The Times” (Harry Styles Cover) (Stripped Version) – Steve Horner
  • “What About Us” (P!nk Cover) – Duomo
  • “How Deep is Your Love” (Calvin Harris and Disciples Cover) – Kiris Houston
  • “Wrecking Ball” (Miley Cyrus Cover) – Midnite String Quartet

Before I talk about what I love about this soundtrack, there is one thing missing that needs attention: the lack of Bollywood music in the final scene. The music supervisor and composers had the opportunity to incorporate more Indian music into the show to create more representation and diversity, especially since their two lead actresses and characters were Indian. I personally think that instead of the final dance song being “Wrecking Ball,” the scene deserved a Bollywood moment. It would have represented the characters and the story more. 

Nonetheless, the rest of the soundtrack was nothing but perfection. It was the ideal balance of popular and meaningful songs with emerging timeless classics, such as “Sign of the Times” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” I loved “What About Us” as I have always been a P!nk fan, so this made me excited. 

The first season’s music was mainly played by the Vitamin Violin Quartet, which was amazing, but the second season highlights a wide variety of artistic talents. I felt like this gave the soundtrack more variation, especially since every artist brought their own style to the show. 

The one song that threw me off guard was “Material Girl.” The song began when the Sharma girls walked into the first ball. Kate, of course, only wanted Edwina to marry the best, which would make them ‘material girls.’  While I did not expect this song, I enjoyed it. The chorus began as the Queen walked in; it was a good representation of the Queen as she is the character who always wants the finest. 

Personally, I felt that season one’s soundtrack, while amazing, was used as a filler during the times with no dialogue, such as at balls or intimate scenes. Season two, on the other hand, uses the soundtrack to enhance the storyline and intensify the drama. 

Overall, the soundtrack was perfect for what the season needed. It brought the drama to all the right places and settled the scene at all the right times. Season two had more songs than season one, and it served the purpose of enhancing the moment, rather than filling in time. The songs tied the show together and deepened the universe of “Bridgerton” that has swept us all off our feet. 

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