Review of "Daisy Jones and the Six" Television Adaptation
The Amazon Prime mini-series "Daisy Jones and the Six" is based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It follows the story of a fictional seventies rock and roll band through a series of interviews later in the lives of all six band members. The show and book were inspired by the band Fleetwood Mac, and anyone who knows the story of the famous band, they can only assume that "Daisy Jones and the Six" will have the same level of drama and elusive stories.
Daisy Jones was raised by wealthy, glitzy, but inattentive parents. Despite these circumstances, Daisy grows to be a carefree and independent lady. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh blues-rock duo known as the Dunne Brothers are made up of Billy and Graham Dunne, with Billy acting as the band's compulsive and authoritative lead singer. Later, they bring in more performers, such as drummer Warren Rhodes, bassist Eddie, and keyboardist Karen. They choose the name "The Six," appoint Rod Reyes as their manager, and become friends with the producer Teddy Price. After some time, Teddy suggests Daisy Jones to The Six when he requests them to sing a duet with a female. Then, everything starts to come into focus and fall apart.
Of course, the captivating '70s attire is the work of costume designer Denise Wingate. Wingate now takes us to free-spirited, hard-partying 1970s Los Angeles to help document the history of Daisy Jones & The Six's rise to chart-topping triumph and mysterious breakup through "thousands of costume changes." Through the intricate costumes, fans can be transported back to the 1970s, with bell-bottom pants, knee-high boots, the shimmery eye makeup, and flowy hair. Each character had their special look, done perfectly to portray their personality and journey throughout the mini-series. For example, Daisy Jones mainly wears very flowy and bold outfits, giving flashbacks of a young Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and portraying her outgoing personality as one of the band’s lead singers.
Being that the show focuses on a band, it was clear from the start that music was going to be involved. As part of the plot, the band releases a singular album with the name "Aurora." The story depicts these songs to be trend-setting, and they are what create such fame for the fictional band. The soft rock apex in Reid's novel is represented by Aurora, an achievement that transforms American music and splits its creators apart in the process.
At its most ambitious, Aurora mimics Fleetwood Mac's late 1970s work's incremental trajectories. Warm Rhodes keys and the vocal harmonies of Sam Claflin and Riley Keough, who play Jones and Dunne in the series, support the striking melodic pivots of "Let Me Down Easy" and "Regret Me." However, as someone who watched the show from start to finish, I can say that the music, although catchy, is used mainly as an instrument to tell the story of how a famous fictional band came together and fell apart.
Now, I won’t spoil anything, but overall this show can bring forth drama, fashion, and music all in one to create entertaining episodes. By the end, I can’t guarantee that you’ll be tear-free, but I can guarantee that this story will bring more twists and turns than you initially expected - at least, it did for me.