Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor
Composed by: Bear McCreary
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I’ll bet you thought that the series finale of Battlestar Galactica meant no more fascinating Battlestar Galactica-related soundtracks from Bear McCreary. Well, La-La Land Records has heard the fans and released yet another Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor is a nineteen track album featuring music composed for both feature length SYFY special television events by Bear McCreary.
Bear McCreary, a classically trained composer and musician with an innovative style and a penchant for blending both well-known and exotic instruments to create a sound that is both unique and captivating. Best known for his work on the musical score for the Battlestar Galactica series, McCreary has also created soundtracks for Eureka, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Caprica, Human Target, television commercials for Jinx clothing and Smirnoff Vodka and the upcoming Capcom video game, Dark Void.
When McCreary had originally created the soundtrack for Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica, he realized that he didn’t have enough room to fit any music composed for Razor and The Plan. Thus, he believed that combining them in a separate album was the right thing to do: “…both narratives flashback to the same time period within the larger BSG story and offer different perspectives on the same events. The scores to Razor and The Plan are two sides of the same musical coin.”
Much of the Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor Soundtrack is what we have come to expect from Bear McCreary’s BSG musical compositions: elaborate pieces with an exotic flare. To achieve this sound, McCreary combines the music of ordinary instruments like the piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass with the sounds of the French Horn, harmonium, duduk, bansuri, ehru, yialli tanbur, concert and ethnic woodwinds and electric violin. And what would a Battlestar Galactica soundtrack be like without that signature percussion. In fact, some of the most exciting tracks on this album feature that fabulous percussion laced with that exotic sound that is somewhat of a mixture of Celtic and Middle Eastern music.
I enjoyed this soundtrack and have no doubt that this music was a perfect accompaniment to the visuals of each televised special event. My favorite tracks were mostly featured on the second half of the album, beginning with Husker in Combat and ending in a live version of Apocalypse. These tracks featured the most exciting music and definitely peaked my interest.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor is the perfect soundtrack to finish up the BSG soundtrack series. Fans of the television series will enjoy matching up the music with their favorite scenes. Fans of Bear McCreary will be more than happy to add this soundtrack to their collection.
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