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Caprica by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Aug 17, 2013, 10:59 AM by Kaya Savas

Caprica was intended as a prequel to the modern version of Battlestar Galactica on the SyFy Channel, which McCreary also scored. Caprica’s soundscape shares some similarities with Battlestar Galactica, but most of those similarities are just in Bear McCreary’s amazing style. The score offers plenty of moments, interesting textures and awesome percussion that has become a signature in McCreary’s work.

The thing that makes Caprica such a fantastic listen is that the score really crafts a unique soundscape for this universe. The sounds are rich and feel as if the music has a cultural and historical background. Kind of riding that timeless line of not being able to place where the music should be, but knowing it has a developed history. At times the score can be exotic, hard rock, delicate piano, quietly character driven and more. Yet it all stays remarkably focused as one creative stroke. Caprica is not as emotionally satisfying and engaging as Battlestar Galactica was, but it’s still a wonderful sounding universe to get lost in.

Caprica has a lot of textures, passages and moments that are indeed memorable. Bear McCreary does a superb job at building another unique soundscape for the characters and stories to play out in. I found Battlestar Galactica to be a much more emotionally involving score, but that also was a soundscape crafted over many seasons. Still, one cannot deny how great of a listen this score is, and any fan of McCreary will enjoy the ton of music in this La-La Land Records release.