Albion The Enchanted Stallion Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Albion The Enchanted Stallion by George Kallis.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 89.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 36.6
Album Excellence: 73.3%
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion is a 2016 Bulgarian-American family comedy film directed by Castille Landon and starring Jennifer Morrison, Debra Messing & John Cleese. A twelve-year-old girl is transported by a magical black stallion to the mystical world of ALBION, where she discovers that she alone is the key to saving an entire race of people. The score is composed by George Kallis.
The score opens with ‘Opening From Your Spirit’, a true fantasy epic that will lift your spirits. The strings, piano and choir grabbed me from the first note. It’s beautiful and it’s not unexpected. This is Kallis trademark scoring as I’ve heard him in the past. I’m glad to hear he’s continuing with this tradition. And if you’re happy with this cue, there is plenty more of that. It sometimes feels like a mini-version of Lord Of The Rings with lovely textures, exciting themes and all-in fantasy.
What is working for me is the light uplifting fantasy music. That really suits me perfectly. The action music and the darker fantasy is not as good, but it’s still pretty decent and in parts quite excellent. Sometimes it’s even pretty epic like the end of ‘The Queen’. It is clear from the music that the world of Albion is a place I’d like to visit. In fact, I already feel I’m there when listening to the music. Sure it has it’s flaws, but overall, it’s rich music is well catered for a journey to the treacherous lands of Albion. It’s a journey with many rewards.
It’s an uneven score it has to be said, but it has so much potential and that’s probably the part that’s bothering me the most. It shouldn’t though, because there’s a lot of music here to enjoy whether you like themes, fantasy, drama or action. But like I already said, if you have heard some of the scores already out there by Kallis, this is what he does and it’s always exciting to listen and re-listen. The sound is great as well, and I think Kallis made the best he could out of a smaller budget. It sounds better than it should, and although it’s not the size of for example Lord Of The Rings, it throws it’s weight around pretty spectacularly. It is a truly exciting fantasy score to listen to in a year that’s not exactly overflowing with them. Even if your expectations is high I think you won’t be disappointed by this little gem.
1. Opening From Your Spirit
2. Riding To Albion
3. A Long Time Ago
9. Mysterious Horses And Kelpies
10. Cape And Raindrops
12. The Abbess
13. A Friend
15. The Queen
16. Through The Darkest Hours
17. Eriu Appears
18. A Wonderful Place Of Nature
20. Release The Barrier