Arrow: Season 3

Musical Score By: Blake Neely

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the CW television series style= based on the DC Comics hero, Arrow, Stephen Amell style= is Oliver Queen style=, billionaire playboy by day, vigilante crime fighter style= Green Arrow style= by night.  The third season of Arrow style= finds Oliver Queen's life thrown into turmoil.  Just as Oliver thinks he can take a break from the Arrow persona, a new procession of villains begins.  Sara Lance, AKA: The Canary style= (Caity Lotz style=), is killed and her sister Laurel (Katie Cassidy style=) dons the Black Canary style= mantel to avenge her death.  And when Ra's al Ghul style= hits the scene, Oliver realizes his world will never be the same.

                The musical score of the Arrow series was created by American composer Blake Neely style= whose musical career began at the family piano at the age of four.  Becoming a multi-instrumentalist, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, it would be his talent as a composer that would launch his career, starting with his score for Everwood style= in 2002.  Since then, Neely has created musical scores for a number of television series, including Brothers & Sisters, The Mentalist style=, Eli Stone, Blindspot style=, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow style=.

                The Arrow: Season 3 Soundtrack style= is a two-disc collection.  The first disc contains music from the entire season with the exception of the Arrow/Flash style= crossover.  Disc 2 features music from Flash vs. Arrow: Part II and bonus tracks that can only be found on the CD.  This season contains a great deal of action and Neely expresses this through the use of heavy percussion and taiko drums style=.  The dramatic moments in the series are performed by strings and piano.  There are quite a few themes here with the introduction of new characters.  As things move forward in the series, the musical score becomes darker and features more choral tracks and electronic sound, particularly in the Flash vs. Arrow score. 

                Blake Neely's scores are always impressive, perfectly expressing the dramatic events in the main characters' lives, but also offering up some fun action tracks.  According to Neely, it was extremely difficult to cull eighty minutes of music from an entire season of score to create this album.  He chose his favorites and ultimately offers up a great treat with this two-disc soundtrack, not to be missed by any fan of the television series. 


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