Da Vinci’s Demons Season 3 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Da Vinci’s Demons Season 3 by Bear McCreary.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 78.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 5.8
Album Excellence: 8.1%
Da Vinci’s Demons is a 2013 historical fantasy television series created by David S. Goyer for Starz. Starring Tom Riley, Laura Haddock and Blake Ritson the show follows Leonardo as he is implicated in the political schemes of the Medici and Pazzi families and their contrasting relationships with the Catholic Church. These events occur alongside Leonardo’s quest to obtain the Book of Leaves as he finds himself entangled with a cult known as the Sons of Mithras. This is the score to season 3 which have just started airing and it will be the last season of the series. The score is composed by Bear McCreary.
As you may know, season 1 and season 2 left me a bit cold musically. I liked them, but wasn’t wow’ed by them. I hope third time is the charm because I’m ready to be blown away. The score opens with ‘Theme From Da Vinci’s Demons (Extended Version)’ an extended version of the opening theme. The theme never did anything for me, but it is unique and hummable and certainly easy to remember. I like that the score has many very lengthy cues, that bodes well for the listening experience and it starts early with the 6 minutes long ‘Invasion Of Otranto’. It’s not just about the minutes though. The music got to be excellent as well and in this case, I’m getting a bit bored. Not much happening I’m afraid. ‘The Enlightened’ is more of the same. The music flows nice, but it flows sideways, not upwards and downwards. I don’t get any feelings or emotions when listening to it.
I think it’s the whole world of Da Vinci’s Demons I’m not getting. The music should excite me, but it doesn’t. The music in itself is fine, it’s of great quality, but it’s the way that it sounds and most important feels that lets me down. And so it became a bit of a chore listening to the score sadly. There is one cue in there that surprised me and made my listening experience far better and that’s ‘Messages From Mother’. There’s a theme in there which I enjoy a lot and it feels very different from the rest of the score and that is a big plus for me. I already spoke of the massive cues and they have been a bit disappointing so far, but now the really big ones are coming with the over 10 minutes long ‘The Tank Yard’ which opens refreshingly with a choir and it actually holds up all the way through which is impressive. Not a bad cue at all. 10 minutes just flew by. Same can be said for the almost 9 minute long ‘The Battle Of Otranto’. That wasn’t boring for a second. ‘Lucrezia’ is quite beautiful, and I remember that name from earlier seasons I believe. One of my favourite cues on the score. The second half was an improvement, but the melody is still the same, I can’t quite connect with the Da Vinci’s Demons universe musically. What do you think of the score?
8. Messages From Mother