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Human Target: Season 1 by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Oct 26, 2010, 10:43 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Oct 26, 2010, 11:12 PM ]

If you don't know who Bear McCreary is then I suggest you familiarize yourself with him, because he is quickly becoming sort of a big deal. Most people know him for his work on the newer Battlestar Galactica series, but he has also done the scores for Caprica, Eureka, The Sarah Conner Chronicles and now Human Target. His score to the video game Dark Void is a wonder and should be heard by all. That score alone should turn you into a Bear McCreary fan.

Human Target got an Emmy nomination for "Best Theme", and when you hear track 1 of this album you'll know why. Now, the rest of the score is an absolute treat for listeners. The score is really just pure fun thematic stuff. A lot of the score pays homage to the great action/adventure scores composed by John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and more. It also pays as an homage to Bernstein in that Bernstein acted as a mentor to Bear in his early days.

La-La Land Records released 3 full discs of season 1's score here and it is quite glorious. The music never lets up and has all of Bear's style. One thing I notice about how McCreary's style works is that he always has an amazing central theme. That theme then becomes the anchor for the whole score. Different variations of that motif will then become the main structure that weaves the music together. That's the reason why I absolutely loved his Dark Void score. It was because the central theme was so grand that it was able to carry the entire score. Actually the theme from Human Target is very similar to Dark Void too. It's so original yet it feels like it was an adventure theme written many years ago.

Now, this score won't tug your heartstrings in anyway so don't expect that, but it does come from the heart. This is pure adventure fun done in the spirit of adventure. It works so well because of how grounded the score is. You can tell that this score is a score from the heart for Bear. It feels personal and unique and is a wonderful ride. The 3-disc set is a limited edition of 2000 units so grab a copy before they're gone. Saddle up, it's a fun ride.

Keep a lookout for an exclusive interview with Bear McCreary coming soon!