Tracksounds Rating = 8/10
and Conducted by David Newman
by Christopher Coleman
in a while a score is produced that, for varying reasons, is extremely difficult to review or
Newman’s score for the Star Trek parody film, Galaxy
Quest, might be the epitome of this dilemma.
Newman deserves all the credit in the world for coming up with a
Nebraska-grown-corn- main theme for the short-lived television show, Galaxy
Quest, and for seemlessly incorporating it throughout the entire score.
It perfectly parallels the television cult-heroes’ venture
into the “real world” galactic crisis they are beamed into, as the
stars of show have only their tv-episode experience to draw from in
solving this galactic dilemma.
This main title serves as the backbone for the entire score.
David Newman's main theme would have pushed David Arnold’s main title for Independence
Day off the throne of Cheesdom had Newman’s main theme not
been intentionally cheesey.
Since this is the case, Arnold’s theme rests safe as King Cheese.
finds a way to walk a tight rope between
“cornography” and very listenable
All the while, Newman further demonstrates his talent for film
scoring. Taking a fairly dramatic turn from his intriguing
west-meets-east-score to Brokedown Palace, Newman opens up the
adventure gates for Galaxy Quest. Just how do you make
serious parody music? Newman gives us a primo lesson! Just
as one is starting to really take any particular cue too seriously, here
comes that silly main theme to remind you its all for laughs.
as I stated, Newman has crafted a perfect score for this film.
The problem is that apart from the film, this score loses
The problem is that mixed in with this corn-o-copia is some
fabulous music that one can take seriously and easily enjoy.
One would truly have to be in a tongue-in-cheek-topsy-turvy-mood to give
this repeated listens though.
It is bombastic.
It is playful.
It is adventurous.
It is, once in a while, majestic, but it is none of these for any
long stretch of time.
know trying to find serious musical moments in such a score is foolish; nonetheless,
two of the most enjoyable tracks are, two of the most serious, Pathetic
Nesmith (track 3) and “I’m So Sorry”
Of course, this was composed for the most serious portions of the
movie, so it, again, is a perfect fit.
respective scenes featured no comedic twist, the tender music
have rated this score in a special way.
One, I have rated each track for their value on the CD, apart from
the film, as I do with all reviewed scores.
Two, I have included a special category “As Heard in Film” in
the categorical rating section to help make my rating a little more fair.
Enjoying the score as a part of the film is the optimum listening
Unless one has some strange affinity for this movie (a Questie ?) and wants to
relive moments of it over and over , there is little cause to
listen to this score by itself.
Certainly, David Newman deserves plenty of praise for this work as
doing such a score cannot be easy; however, despite its higher rating,
cannot say this is a must have.
|1||Galaxy Quest: The Classic TV Theme||0:59||***||16||"Digitize Me, Fred"||1:18||***|
|2||Prologue: Galaxy Quest clip||1:34||***||17||"I'm So Sorry"||1:44||****|
|3||Pathetic Nesmith||0:59||****||18||Fight Episode #17||1:16||***|
|4||Revealing the Universe||1:03||****||19||Hallway Sneak||1:02||***|
|5||Meet the Thermians||1:11||***||20||Alex Finds Quelick||1:22||***|
|6||The NESA Protector||0:45||****||21||Omega 13/Heroic Guy||3:13||***|
|7||Crew Quarters and the Bridge||1:32||***||22||Big Kiss/Happy Rock Monster||1:19||**|
|8||The Launch||2:08||****||23||Quelick's Death||2:09||***|
|9||Seris Tortures Captain||1:17||***||24||The Battle||3:08||***|
|10||Red Thingie, Green Thingie||3:33||***||25||Mathazar Takes Command||0:58||***|
|11||Shuttle to Planet||1:45||****||26||Serris Kills Everybody||1:30||**|
|12||Trek Across the Planet||2:55||***||27||"Goodbye, My Friends"||0:52||***|
|13||Rolling Sphere||2:35||***||28||Crash Landing||0:40||***|
|14||Pig Lizard||1:44||***||29||Goodbye, Serris||2:05||***|
|15||Rock Monster||1:56||***||30||The New Galaxy Quest||1:00||***|
|Total Playing Time||
|As Heard in the Film||10|
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If I have not mistaken, this is the first time that Newman scored a space adventure. However, after you hear the score, you probably would not think so. His symphonic score is very effective and enjoyable. The score is often serious and rousing but yet you can strongly feel the comical elements inside. ****
Yu Lui - Film Score Magic
For the film, David Newman wrote an exciting, science fiction score, now available as a promotional release from Super Tracks. It's rousing, adventurous and often totally over the top, but that is one of the reasons it's so entertaining. All the essential ingredients for the stereotypical sci-fi score are there. The catchy, fanfare inspired, main theme, swirling strings, woodwind runs, hyper active brass and pounding percussion, as well as synthesizers. ****
Andreas Lindahl - Score!
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