Soundtrack Review: Game Of Thrones

Soundtrack Review: Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Game Of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 91.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 38
Album Excellence: 57.6%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Game Of Thrones is a 2011 American fantasy television series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and starring Sean Bean, Emilia Clark and Kit Harington. It is an adaptation of A Song Of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of two powerful families – kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men – playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, which was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta. The score is composed by Ramin Djawadi.

As season 6 has just completed and the new score is just around the corner I had to check which scores I had covered so far in the series and the review to season 1 was somehow missing. I swear I have reviewed it at some point, but I couldn’t find it. Season 1 is the only season I’ve season so far of the series as well and I remember the music to be good, but not great. The last few seasons, well starting with season 2 has been excellent. The big thing everyone remember is of course the captivating opening sequence with the main theme and that is one of the better main themes for any television series out there. It is epic and massive, and that theme is just something you give yourself up to. It’s that good and can’t be missed. You can never skip it once it starts playing. Magnificent! The wall is of course a big part of the mythology and it’s creepy and it’s eerie. And as you know, winter is coming, except it’s always winter there. ‘North Of The Wall’ is a place you don’t want to be and the music reflects that. It is creepy as hell, and is definitely within the horror genre.

It is of curse in this score a lot of the groundwork is established, many of the themes have origins and so on. This is mostly why it’s so important because musically it’s probably a bit behind the rest. Still, when you consider that the theme was created for this season, it will rank above some of the other scores for sure, if not all of them. It’s iconic in many ways and deserves some serious recognition. You’ll notice, specially if you’ve listened to some of the later season scores that this one is rather light compared to the rest. There are exceptions such as the dark material for the wall, but it’s definitely more lighter in nature. This score is of course required listening for all Game Of Thrones fans and is a great listen on it’s own without all the mythology.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Main Title *
3. Goodbye Brother
4. The Kingsroad
5. The King’s Arrival
8. The Wall
9. Things I Do For Love
10. A Golden Crown
12. A Bird Without Feathers
14. You’ll Be Queen One Day
17. Jon’s Honor
21. Game Of Thrones *
22. Kill Them All
24. Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors
26. King Of The North
27. The Night’s Watch
28. Fire And Blood
29. Finale

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Soundtrack Review: Game Of Thrones, 7.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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