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The Cape by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Oct 29, 2011, 11:26 AM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Oct 29, 2011, 9:58 PM ]

The Cape was a show that just didn't find its audience. It definitely didn't belong on network television that's for sure. So in a flash the series came, it got moved around the schedule and finally cancelled. The fact that the hero's name was The Cape didn't help much to sell the show. In fact that hero name belongs with The Coon and other South Park hero names. However, one of the biggest aspects of the show was not the silly costumes or cheesy acting. It was Bear McCreary's amazing score. Now La-La Land Records has released a phenomenal 2-disc set. Today every superhero is held under a microscope and examined next to The Dark Knight. It's just the way it is. Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer pushed the genre away from large themes and theatrics, and that is a very good thing in my opinion. But it is true that sometimes I long for that old-fashioned feel, and here McCreary delivers that.

Now, this set is packed with around 2 hours and 40 minutes of music. Bear and La-La Land always make sure we get the complete experience as evident in his past releases. This score is fantastic storytelling. There is a mountain of different textures and layers that keep building and shifting. McCreary handles the execution with such mastery that you will feel like this is a score composed some 20-years ago (or a composer 20-years older). It has that classic romanticism imbedded in it, but with Bear's style can be incredibly aggressive and thematic when it needs to be. You will find all sorts of instrumental flavors here from celtic feels to electric guitars. The music is always swelling as large as the orchestra will play, and that's something that truly sets the score apart. The music fills the room. You just don't hear this kind of orchestra in a TV series, ever. Giacchino on LOST definitely set the stage, but just for what Bear was going for he goes all out. Some films don't have as big an orchestra as you hear here. The music is as fun as can be. Honestly, you will have a blast with this set.

Looking for good old fashioned flare with a large helping of Bear McCreary awesomeness? Then get The Cape. This score knocks it out of the park with pure adventure and excitement. McCreary's textures and arrangements will wisp and carry you on an awesome journey. This is indeed the biggest energetic slap to the genre since Hans Zimmer got his hands on it, and in a totally different way. Enjoy elegance, adventure, romance and excitement with The Cape. Another magnificent effort from Bear McCreary who just keeps getting better and better.