Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 Soundtrack
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Two CD set. Acclaimed Battlestar composer Bear McCreary pulls out all the musical stops with his sensational music score to the fourth and final season of the critically lauded Sci Fi Channel television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff. McCreary enriches and expands his glorious, one-of-a-kind mix of orchestra, vocals, Rock, World-Beats and synth. A sonic powerhouse that lives on beyond this beloved television show.
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Interestingly they're all missing Philip Glass's Metamorphosis which Star Buck was playing from her Dad's collection.
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Bear is truly a musical god and a great storyteller in his own right. Look out for "Kara Remembers" which is probably my favorite song on the first CD due to the fact that it is a piano rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" and it is simply beautiful. As stated above the second CD is all of the music from the finale with the epic fifteen minute musical romp "Assault on the Colony" which is quite possibly McCreary's best work (next to season two's "Prelude to War"). I am so sad that this show has come to an end and we will no longer have new music from BSG to enjoy (save for the final BSG soundtrack which consists exclusively of music from the two DVD movies "Razor" and "The Plan" coming out later this year). However, we have Caprica to look forward to which is similar yet...wonderfully different. As the Hybrid in "Razor" told Major Shaw: "this is not an end, but a beginning!"
Some notable tracks include:
The Cult of Baltar
Among the Ruins
Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1
Assault on the Colony
So Much Life
An Easterly View
SO SAY WE ALL!
Note: I didn't have any problems ripping the music to my computer.
Please excuse my poor descriptions for I lack a proper knowledge of musical terms.
1. Track 1 Disc 2: "Caprica City, Before The Fall". This one almost pulled tears from me at times. (There is a seven note theme that is the centerpiece of this track played on a duduk)It perfectly evokes hope and foreboding. A fitting harbinger of things to come in the "Daybreak" episodes. It is easily my favorite track of the two discs. It is serious and solemn and underscores the tone of the series final episode. Bear uses leitmotif as well as John Williams through much of his work blending two other themes including the ominous 10 note theme from " All Along The Watchtowers". This piece evoked fear and hope. Fear in that this is the end, but hope that the characters will preservere till the end. A magnificent piece that captivates me like no other!!!
2. Track 20 Disc 1: "Diaspora Oratorio". A triumph.
3. Track 11 Disc 1: "Roslin and Adama Reunited"
4. Track 9 Disc 2: "Goodbye Sam"
5. Track 10 Disc 2: "Heart Of The Sun"
6. Track 13 Disc 2: "An Easterly View"
As incomparable as the series is, it's still hard to believe some of these tracks were written for a television series. Fittingly enough though, they were written for Battlestar Galactica.
Bravo and encore!
Battlestar Galactica has always had a soundtrack that's stood out, and each of the five soundtracks released for the Miniseries and resulting four seasons have been outstanding, different and beautiful. Composer Bear McCreary has utilized a number of different instruments and influences, from classical to Indian throughout the series, and this season is no exception, and is possibly the best score of the entire series.
Gatea's song from early on in the season is the opening track, and is a beautiful and haunting song, and helps to set the tone for the rest of the score. The sound for the entire season is one that is largely based off of the previous themes, matured and evolved from their starting points. This doesn't mean that the entire soundtrack is a rehash of what we've already heard. There's a greater urgency with some of these songs as the action in the series ramps up, especially evident with the track The Signal, and Roslin Escapes, while new themes, such as from the excellent Resurrection Hub, which is easily one of the best tracks on the score.
Season 4 was one of the seasons where the show began to end the story, wrapping up storylines and building to the conclusion. As a result, much of these two discs feel far less like a television soundtrack and far more like a movie soundtrack. The themes are greater, more sweeping and make their presence felt, which is highly appropriate for the last moments. Case in point would be Farewell Apollo early on in the list, but this really kicks in for the finale moments of the show.
This starts with Diaspora Oratorio, the track that came over when the fleet came across the First Earth for the mid-season finale, which would have worked easily as an end for the show. By far, this is my absolute favorite track for the entire series. It is epic, beautiful and sweeping, and far out of character for the show, which helps to set it apart. From there, the last eigh tracks cover the final moments of the show, and put together a somber, epic and wonderful sendoff to the show. Earth, Goodbye Sam, Heart of the Sun, Starbuck Disappears, So Much Life, An Easterly View and The Passage of Time all allow for a proper sendoff to all the characters, with hints of some of the original themes throughout, but often with a far more etherial sound to them that transends much of what we've heard before.
This soundtrack stands far apart from most other ones that I've heard. It's beautiful, simply elegant, and a proper sendoff to the series. I'll be very sad that this is the last soundtrack, and undoubtably, it will be known as McCreary's finest works. There was a lot of original, creative energy here over the course of the series, and I have no idea when we'll see something like this again.