Legends of Tomorrow: Season1
Musical Score By: Blake Neely
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A spin-off of The CW series Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow is set in the same fictional universe and features superheroes based on those found in DC Comics. In this series, Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) assembles a team to counter the evil Vandal Savage and his plans to destroy world and possibly time itself. His allies consist of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), AKA: The Atom; Sara Lance (Caty Lotz), AKA: White Canary; Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh) who together form Firestorm; Kendra Saunders (Clara Renee), AKA: Hawkgirl; Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel), AKA: Hawkman; Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), AKA: Captain Cold and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), AKA: Heat Wave.
The musical score of Legends of Tomorrow was created by award-winning American composer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and musician Blake Neely who began his career at a very young age. Learning the piano at the age of four, Neely soon began composing songs. He would eventually learn to play a number of instruments, including the synthesizer, drums and the French Horn. While in college, he secured an internship with Disney Studios, leading to a job with Disney Hollywood Records. In 2002, Neely got his big break composing the musical score for the television series, Everwood. Since then, he has created musical score for a number of television series and films, including Resurrection, The Mentalist, Brothers and Sisters, Life as We Know It, Pan Am, The Pacific, The Flash, Blindspot, Arrow, Supergirl and more.
The Legends of Tomorrow Soundtrack has a much more dramatic feel to it than past superhero scores by Neely. Taiko drums join fast-paced violins, horns and chorus to make for a more dramatic action hero sound. The mix of orchestral and electronic music hint at a futuristic touch, perhaps pointing towards the Time Masters and their abilities. Action sequences will have you tapping your feet and nodding your head in pace with the music. Acidic electronic sound brings to mind the dripping venom of villainy. There are even moments of humor on this soundtrack, especially during The Magnificent Eight which features an old western feel complete with guitar twangs, a sorrowful fiddle, and a “yahoo.”
I found the Legend of Tomorrow: Season 1 Soundtrack to be quite intriguing. If the score is anything to judge by, this series is chock full of action. There is less of a sad or determined tone to this score than those Neely created for Arrow and The Flash. This soundtrack is a fun, rollercoaster ride of intense action and I truly enjoyed listening to it.