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Caprica: The Series (Soundtrack) by Bear McCreary

Caprica: The Series
Composed by Bear McCreary
La-La Land Records (2013)

Rating: 7/10

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“For the most part, CAPRICA meanders between competent and genuinely captivating without ever wandering into the territory of true excellence that MCCREARY explored with SOCOM 4 and HUMAN TARGET.”

Two Years, Two Hours, Two Discs
Review by Richard Buxton

With one thundering flash of might, the conniving snake was no longer of this world - its reign over the year of 2013 collapsing in an instant - and so began the year of the BEAR.

Released on the same day as Europa Report, CAPRICA is BEAR MCCREARY’S sixth-score release of 2013, putting him alongside MARCO BELTRAMI and JOE HISAISHI as one of this year’s most prolific composers. That said, the single season of CAPRICA originally aired in 2010, with the pilot episode’s original score being released in 2009. Coming almost two years after the airing of the show, was it worth the wait?

Perhaps to make up for such a long wait, CAPRICA’S release is made up of two discs, totaling almost 2.5 hours of BEAR MCCREARY’S score and original songs. This will no doubt please fans of the show and the score, but there’s a distinct feeling throughout that with a little more precision, CAPRICA’S running-time could have been drastically reduced without suffering any noticeable loss in quality. Listening to the series’ score after having heard the pilot score is something of a disappointing experience. Not because the pilot score promises particularly great things for the full season’s score, but because the majority of the second release offers merely more of the same, rather than reaching new heights as one would expect given how much more music there is to work with.

For those familiar with MCCREARY’S work on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CAPRICA’S soundscape will be instantly familiar and most will know whether it is something they will enjoy long before the almost eerie opening cue, “Caprica Main Titles” (1). The composer’s affinity for percussion is evident from the offset, as it dictates the rhythm and brooding temperament that endures throughout the entire score. MCCREARY’S scores are regularly set upon a foundation of powerful percussion and ethnic instrumentation , and while not as thrilling as the spectacularly visceral SOCOM 4, CAPRICA at its most brutal is an exciting ride. “Apotheosis” (3) and its lengthy rendition of the main theme, “New Cap City” (5), as well as “Caprica Buccaneers Theme” (11) all retain this unrelenting percussive power trip to become the most engaging cues of the first disc, alongside the curiously captivating retro experience that is “Burlesque” (12). The second disc presents a more subdued selection, along with variations of a handful of cues, including a template for the show’s main theme. “The Cylon Whisperer” (Disc 2-8), and “Waltz for Zoe” (Disc 2-18) both echo moments from the pilot score, “Terrorism on the Lev” in particular.

Scattered across the two discs are vocal performances of varying quality. “Caprica Abides” (2), performed by STEVE AMERSON, stands out as a inspiring, rousing anthem of patriotism for the planet of Caprica. “All of this Happened” (4) is inoffensive but largely forgettable, and “Voices of the Dead” (6) featuring BRENDAN MCCREARY, brother of BEAR, is one that most will want to forget entirely.

For the most part, CAPRICA meanders between competent and genuinely captivating without ever wandering into the territory of true excellence that MCCREARY explored with SOCOM 4 and HUMAN TARGET. This is a score that fans of the show and composer will most likely enjoy, but others might well be better served by seeking out the other aforementioned scores for a better introduction to the young composer’s already impressive career.


 

Rating: 7/10


Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Caprica Main Titles 0:53  ****
2 Caprica Abides - Feat. Steve Amerson (Vocals) 2:13  ****
3 Apotheosis 6:38  *****
4 All of this Happened - Perf. by Young Beautiful in a Hurry 5:32  **
5 new Cap City 5:37  *****
6 Lacey and the Cylon 2:48  ***
7 Vergis' Dream 2:36  ****
8 Pact of Brothers 1:53  ***
9 Grieving (Alternate Version) 1:38  ***
10 Control and Power 2:55  ***
11 Caprica Buccaneers Theme 0:38  ****
12 Burlesque 3:37  ****
13 Amanda's Forgiveness 4:24  ***
14 Barnabus 1:49  ***
15 Cerberus Dance (Demo) 3:53  ***
16 Through the Paces 3:03  ***
17 Lacey's Test 4:51  ****
18 Clarice Willow 3:25  ****
19 Tauron Ceremony Song 2:07  ***
20 Lacey and Zoe (Expanded Version) 4:42  ****
21 Capricaoperatica - Feat. Elissa Johnston and Alessandro Juilani (Vocals) 8:42  ****
  Total Running Time (approx) 73 minutes  
       
Disc 2      
       

Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Caprica Abides (Instrumental Version) 2:14  ****
2 The Differently Sentient 4:40  ****
3 Amanda's Epiphany 5:21  ****
4 Rites of Passage 4:39  ***
5 New Cap City Theme (Demo) 1:52  ****
6 Voices of the Dead - Feat. Brendan McCreary (Vocals) 2:38  *
7 The Dive Bar 1:08  **
8 The Cylon Whisperer 4:21  ****
9 Daniel Captures the Code (Expanded Version) 3:29  ***
10 Dirteaters 6:32  ***
11 Healing Wounds 4:07  ***
12 Gemenon 3:39  ***
13 I am a Man - Perf. by Young Beautiful in a Hurry 4:15  ***
14 Was Love - Perf. by Captain Ahab 4:07  **
15 Tamara Kills 2:05  ***
16 Here be Dragons 2:05  ***
17 A Tauron Sacrifice (Expanded Version) 3:32  ***
18 Waltz for Zoe 2:54  ****
19 Death of Guatrau 2:28  ***
20 Tauron Ceremony Song -Feat. Raya Yarbrough (Vocals) 3:00  ***
21 Graystone Plays Nomion Variations (Incl. 'Exploration' by Stu Phillips) 3:03  ***
22 Caprica Theme (Sketch) 2:26  ****
  Total Running Time (approx) 74 minutes  
       

 

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