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The music of 'The Handmaid's Tale' provides 'ironic counterpoint' to show's dark themes

The music of 'The Handmaid's Tale' provides 'ironic counterpoint' to show's dark themes

The second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was brought to a close with a moment of cathartic violence. But one could argue the star of the scene wasn’t Alexis Biedel’s handmaid Emily but instead a voice offscreen: Annie Lennox.

With Emily fearing for her life, the sound of Lennox’s symphonic pop cut “Walking on Broken Glass” breaks the silence, materializing via car radio. The tune’s upbeat tone contrasts with the pain of the character and, in turn, attempts to bring greater emotional weight to the scene by highlighting the show’s extremes. It’s one example of how the Hulu series throughout its second season used familiar pop music not as a cause for celebration but as a tool to...

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