Camelot Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Camelot by Jeff Danna & Mychael Danna.
“A good solid effort by the Danna brothers, but I expected more and better”
Camelot is the new Starz television series created by Michael Hirst and Chris Chibnall. Starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Claire Forlani and Eva Green. Camelot is of course about the famous King Arthur and his life with his honorable knights and Merlin, his trusted sorcerer. I have been watching it as of late and it’s not as shocking as Starz last series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, but still quite enjoyable. The music is finally here and it’s being written by the brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna.
|1. Camelot Main Titles||*****|
|2. Kays Vision of his Father||*****|
|3. Gawain and Arthur Duel||***|
|4. Justice Compared||****|
|5. Coronation of King Arthur||****|
|6. Drowning of Excalibur||****|
|7. Lady Ectors Funeral||*****|
|8. Riding to Camelot||****|
|9. Sword of Destiny||*****|
|10. Be My Light||*****|
|11. Morgan and the Nun||****|
|12. Arwens Tale of the Fire||***|
|13. The Great Hall at Camelot||*****|
|14. View from the Battlements||****|
|15. The Beach||*****|
|16. The Nun Arrives||****|
|17. Did They Spare Her?||****|
|18. Death of Guiniveres Father||*****|
|19. Morgans Council||***|
|20. A Village Protected||****|
|21. Court at Pendragon||***|
|22. Souls of the Departed||****|
|23. Merlins Story of the Sword||*****|
|24. Kay Arrives at his Fathers House||****|
Television music has been one of my favorite genres for a while and scores like this are why that is. It’s certainly good to see the Danna brothers do some television music. We can’t always have Trevor Morris, now can we?
Let’s start with the excellent ‘Camelot Main Titles’ which is a preview of what to expect from the music. It has a lot of choir and the melody is very catchy and hummable.
Choir And Vocals
If you don’t like choir and vocal interpretations of melodies, specially medieval ones, you will probably not enjoy this score very much. I found the cues with choral material like ‘Kay’s Vision of His Father’ and ‘Be My Light’ to be rather wonderful.
Particularly ‘Be My Light’ is a fantastic track that is being played at Guinevere and Leontes wedding. When the woman started to sing, I immediately knew this was going to be a great moment in the series and on the score. The melody is wonderful and sung by Michele DeBoer. It’s a great love song in itself and the Danna brothers instrumentation is top notch.
Speaking of love, King Arthur perhaps unhealthy obsession with Guinevere all starts on the beach. The track ‘The Beach’ is Arthur and Guinevere’s love song, a track about forbidden fruit. I love the use of the flute that sounds like the wind.
Camelot is a lot about the characters, but I don’t find much material on Merlin, perhaps the strongest character in the show. There’s the excellent ‘Merlin Story of the Sword’ but other than that, there’s nothing. Camelot doesn’t have a lot of action cues either, but it’s not an action show to be fair. It’s more a story or an interpretation of the era of Camelot and King Arthur.
A good solid effort by the Danna brothers, but I expected more and better. I had high hopes for this and it almost succeeded, but my expectations were too high after watching the show. I imagine there’s more to the story than these 24 tracks on the album. The material here is good, in fact really good and there’s not a lot of filler tracks either. If you enjoy the series, television music or the Danna brothers, then this is a no-brainer. If you don’t enjoy medieval choral material then this is not for you.
CUE RATING: 84.1