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Sherlock: The Original Television Soundtrack - Season 1 Soundtrack
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The BBC season of three Sherlock Holmes films was the summer hit of 2010 in the UK with over 7.5 million viewers watching the first episode. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson the stories cleverly bring Conan Doyle's famous characters into the world of modern day London. The music, composed by David Arnold and Michael Price, received BAFTA and Emmy nominations and won an RTS Television Award.
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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.
I love the TV series and so I enjoy the music reminding me of the series--but after a while, some of the songs just end up sounding the same. I get they needed to do this for continuity throughout the series, but I think they could have pushed the boundaries a little bit more. All in all, it's a very enjoyable soundtrack.