While you may be familiar with Robert Downey, Jr's Sherlock there is another Sherlock also solving mysteries. This one is not scored by Hans Zimmer, but rather the great David Arnold and Michael Price. Sherlock is the highly acclaimed series on BBC that takes a modern spin on Sherlock Holmes as the iconic detective solves crimes in today's society. Now, I do have to start off by saying that anybody familiar with Hans Zimmer's scores will notice some similarities here. This series started a year after Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes hit theaters, and one cannot deny the influence Hans Zimmer's score had here. However, this is by no means a cheap rip and is very enjoyable.
David Arnold and Michael Price craft a really great theme that finds itself popping up now and then, and the soundscape is perfect. There is the right amount of quirk in the score to give it a smirky twinge. The instrumentation does give it a period feel, which uniquely contrasts with the modern setting of the show. Throughout the album you'll find some great textures and flavors all the while maintaining really energetic arrangements. Overall the score is immensely enjoyable and the only questionable part is why does the soundscape feel "period-ish"? I feel like that it's great to remind the audience of the origins of the character, but if the instrumentation made it feel a bit more modern then I think the score would stand on its own much more. In the end you can't shake the fact that at times it feels like Hans Zimmer's Sherlock Holmes. Otherwise though the music is top notch and another shining light from BBC television.
I really enjoyed this listen. It's a great adventure score with a lot of fantastic qualities. The music moves with precision and there's plenty on this album to keep you going. My gripe about the style may be a personal thing, and it really doesn't affect the quality of the music. It's just that since I'm so familiar with Zimmer's version I just can't seem to get it out of my head when I listen to this one. Maybe that's a good thing for some, but I feel like this Sherlock could have used a fresher identity.