Arrow: Season 3
Musical Score By: Blake Neely
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the CW television series based on the DC Comics hero, Arrow, Stephen Amell is Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy by day, vigilante crime fighter Green Arrow by night. The third season of Arrow 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 (Caity Lotz), is killed and her sister Laurel (Katie Cassidy) dons the Black Canary mantel to avenge her death. And when Ra's al Ghul 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 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 in 2002. Since then, Neely has created musical scores for a number of television series, including Brothers & Sisters, The Mentalist, Eli Stone, Blindspot, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.
The Arrow: Season 3 Soundtrack is a two-disc collection. The first disc contains music from the entire season with the exception of the Arrow/Flash 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. 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.