Soundtrack Review: Broadchurch The Final Chapter

Soundtrack Review: Broadchurch The Final Chapter

Soundtrack Review: Broadchurch The Final Chapter

Broadchurch The Final Chapter Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Broadchurch The Final Chapter by Olafur Arnalds.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 43.3
Album Excellence: 100%

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Broadchurch: The Final Chapter is the third and final season of the British crime drama Broadchurch created by Chris Chubnall and starring David Tennant & Olivia Colman. While the second series focused on Alec Hardy’s past as well as the Joe Miller court case, series three will be centred on an entirely new crime. Hardy and Miller are investigating a serious sexual assault that takes place in Broadchurch, and the emotional damage it causes everyone connected to the crime and the victim. The score is composed by Olafur Arnalds.

I’ve previously reviewed the short but wonderful score to series 1, also by Olafur Arnalds. There’s something about this town and it’s music that appeals to me. There’s a sadness to it, and I could easily feel it through the music. I am of course very excited to hear this new score and hope to revisit some of my old favorites along the way. The score opens softly, but not without warning. ‘I Could Hear Water’ is exactly what I would hope hope for. The ominous opening, getting clearer and stronger tells me that the story of Broadchurch doesn’t want to start or end on a happy note. Arnald’s careful use of instruments in the long intro is simply beautiful. The small segments of string, barely there, are very strong and powerful. When the piano comes in, I’m lost to the world of Broadchurch yet again. There’s tons of emotions in this opening cue, and I dare anyone not to shed a tear when the violin truly start to appear around 2:40. Goosebumps at the ready. Just brilliant.

Even though it’s the final chapter, there’s no need to forget past glory, and neither does the score. Prepare for the return of the old classic Broadchurch theme in ‘The Final Chapter’, and it’s a brilliant return, so much power and direction. I love it. Same with ‘Right By You’, familiar tones and it feels so right and it feels like I’ve returned to a wonderful place musically. I love that this score is so much longer than the previous one. This is what the original score should have been. As brilliant as that was, this takes it to another level. It’s not just a bunch of sad music put together, it’s music for the soul and I swear it has healing powers, because it brings out a lot of emotions. This is musical therapy, this is what I love most about this genre of music.

1. I Could Hear Water *
2. Re-Enactment
3. Interrogation
4. The Final Chapter *
5. Right By You *
6. I Could Have Stopped It
7. Ellie’s Theme
8. I felt Guilty
9. Going Under
10. Vigil
11. Attack
12. Say It Was Me *
13. Not Alone
14. Tell Us What Happened.

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Broadchurch The Final Chapter, 10.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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