Bear McCreary is an absolutely stunning composer whose body of work is tremendous. I hadn’t discovered him until I started FMM and was offered the chance to review one of his releases for Battlestar Galactica. I was blown away to say the least. Since then I’ve been a huge fan of his work. He is the best thing about The Walking Dead and his scores to video games like SOCOM 4 and Dark Void are epic scores worthy of a blockbuster motion picture. For Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome we journey to the beginning of the series in this special movie event that acts as a prequel to the re-imagined series but takes place after the events of Caprica.
Bear McCreary has delivered an amazing score here. The greatest strengths it has going for it is that this is a very complete experience whereas it’s harder to translate an entire season’s worth of music into a CD album. Here we have a self-contained journey rich with character themes, melodies and pure emotion that fuels the exotic sounds McCreary originally wrote for the series. He is truly one of the great auteurs working today as his music and style is instantly recognizable. The use of percussion here is phenomenal as it adds a distinct rhythm and pulse to the music. While electronics and modern sounds are used, the score has a traditionally classic side to it. This is something Bear McCreary has successfully done with other scores as well. He is able to make the music feel rooted with a history and a past, but also specific to a time and place nowhere close to our present day. When listening to his Battlestar Galactica scores especially this one, I’ve always felt as if I’m uncovering some ancient artifact. The great part here is that McCreary does a nice job making it feel as if this is the origin of his music for the rest of the series. You feel the growth, the characters and everything building into something. The emotion within the music works terrifically as well, and as a listener you definitely become invested. For this album McCreary collaborated with his wife Raya Yarbrough and his brother Brendan McCreary. Joohun Park also lends her piano talents to one track. The score wraps up supremely with a song rendition of the Apocalypse theme.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is an excellent score. It has all the themes, melodies and emotion you could ask for. It’s masterfully executed in pure McCreary style. The completeness and fullness of this release is stupendous as well. You really feel as if this an origin story to Battlestar Galactica as it bridges the gap between Caprica and the Battlestar Galactica series. This is a score that you’ll want to experience many times over.
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