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Game Of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Jun 30, 2011, 9:28 PM by Kaya Savas

Ramin Djawadi has a serious talent of being able to add weight and substance while doing very little musically. This is evident here with his score for the first season of Game Of Thrones, which is quite the show over there on HBO. If you haven't gotten into it I recommend doing so. Djawadi was tasked at composing a score that not only crafted a unique world but was able to support the intricate plot of the show. If you don't watch the show then you may be inclined to think this is "Lord Of The Rings" the show when in reality this is a character and plot driven fantasy drama. There isn't that much sword fighting, but there is a lot of doggy style sex.

The score has the signature Djawadi sound. Based off the liner notes it sounds like his score to Clash Of The Titans got him this job so it seems that he stays in that soundscape. The music never acts too boldly, but it commands a certain presences when it's there. Djawadi adds a certain amount of unique instrumental flavors and textures to give an ever so slight ethnic feel. The score can't feel too familiar, but it shouldn't feel like it comes from any particular region since the story and location are all fictitious. It's always hard to compress a season's worth of score onto one CD, but I feel the album does give a good representation of the flow. In my personal opinion I would have liked to see music play a bigger role in the series than it does. Then again LOST may have spoiled me where I expect every episodic drama to be wall to wall music. I'm not saying the score is bad, but I think in the grand scheme of the season it lacks a certain "oomph". The main title motif is strong and Djawadi does reference it now and again throughout the season, but maybe I felt like I needed more themes. Nonetheless the score is fantastic and adds an immense layer of depth to this already impressive series.

The music is great and the score's function is really important for this series. Djawadi delivers a very worthy musical soundscape even if I personally would have liked it to be a bit more thematic and present overall. Then again I can understand the pressures of writing this amount of music in such a short period. He should get nominated for an Emmy at least for the theme because it's quite fantastic. I'm looking forward to where the music will go in the next season because I think there will be huge areas to expand on.