Human Target

Composed by: Bear McCreary

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            When Human Target first hit the television airways, I thought it wasn't too bad for a series based on a now defunct comic book.  The action was awesome even though the storyline wasn't too steeped in reality thanks to its comic book background.  I remembered really enjoying the theme music as well as the music used to accompany the fight scenes.  I later realized why - it was created by one of the frontrunners in television music scoring, Bear McCreary.  In October 2010, La-La Land Records released a special three-disc soundtrack featuring all of the music composed by Bear McCreary for Season One of the Human Target.

            Bear McCreary is a classically trained American musician and composer whose breakout musical score for Battlestar Galactica earned him quite a bit of notice.  His innovative style and penchant for blending exotic instruments with standard orchestral sounds create unique musical scores that captivate the listener and enhance the visual experience tenfold.  Bear McCreary has created the musical scores for every season of new Battlestar Galactica series, its spin-off known as Caprica, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as well as the Rest Stop movies, Wrong Turn 2 and a number of video games, including Dark Void and SOCOM 4.  His latest venture into television musical scores is the superhero adventure known as The Cape.

            Looking at his composing résumé, one would assume that McCreary has a pretty decent handle on what is needed for the musical score of an action series.  Believe me, Bear McCreary knew exactly what he was doing when he created the musical score for Human Target.  The musical score is a fast-paced and intense orchestral experience.  As in most of McCreary's musical compositions for action scenes, fight scenes are heavily punctuated with percussion.  Horn fanfares abound as well.  Intrigue is expressed via woodwinds, particularly flutes.  Dark moments find themselves punctuated with low-register horns and strings as well as percussion.  Listening closely to the soundtrack will reveal the use of a few exotic instruments like taiko drums and exotic woodwinds.   He also subtly adds a few electronic sounds to heighten the intensity portrayed by the music in the scene.

            The Human Target Soundtrack is an action-packed rollercoaster ride that is a perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action of the television series.  As a standalone album, it is a collection of some of the most high intensity music ever created by Bear McCreary and a testimony to the man's talent and diversity as a composer.


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