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Sherlock: Series 4 by David Arnold & Michael Price (Review)

posted Apr 19, 2017, 7:15 AM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 12:46 PM by Kaya Savas ]

returns for a fourth season, and with it, composers David Arnold and Michael Price. After two strong seasons, the series has slowly shifted the focus more and more towards character driven stories, as opposed to the traditional mystery solving you'd expect from a Sherlock Holmes adaptation, leading to a couple of rather disappointing episodes. The fourth season sees an at least partly return to form, both in the episodes and the music.

By now, the show's musical identity has been well established, so there's not a whole lot in the fourth season that'll surprise you. The main theme has remained intact, as has the instrumentation and style, with the score still faintly echoing Hans Zimmer's work on the Guy Ritchie adaptations. With the shift towards stories centered around the main characters, the score was able to focus more on the emotional side of things. While there are no groundbreaking moments of emotional storytelling, the duo of composers has been able to create a lot of engaging music. The occasional murder mysteries bring out a darker, suspenseful side of the score, and while there's not a lot of music that'll stick in your head after watching an episode, the score is executed flawlessly, with stunning moments of tension and beautiful emotional pieces, as well as a few bursts of intense action. There are a few electronic textures hidden throughout the score, but by far not as noticeably as in the third season. 

Sherlock: Series 4 sees a return to form for composers David Arnold and Michael Price. The score features a lot of wonderful moments, even though you probably won't notice or remember a lot of them while watching the episodes. After a weak third season, the duo of composers deliver an engaging score that more than makes up for the mistakes of the past.