This is a review of the television score to Heroes by Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin.
“Even though Heroes might not be as great as it used to be, the music is really intriguing”
Last year the soundtrack to Heroes was released. As you might remember I didn’t particularly like that one. It was a mix of various artists and it had only 2 cues from Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin, the composers of the music featured in Heroes. Second of all, it didn’t capture the mood of the show and some material wasn’t even in the show to begin with. Not long ago, I heard about the score release which I couldn’t be happier about. I got exactly what I wanted, nay craved, last year, when reviewing the original soundtrack to Heroes.
- Main Title (****)
- Peter (*****)
- Claire (*****)
- Hiro (****)
- Hrg (***)
- Mohinder (*****)
- Sylar (****)
- Jessica / Niki / Gina (****)
- Kirby Plaza (****)
- Fire And Regeneration (*****)
Do you remember the intro of the TV show featuring the voice of Shenkar? The album as a whole takes its cues from that. There’s few surprises lying about, but for the most part it’s the way I expected and wanted it to be. I didn’t want another surprise like the previous Heroes album; rather I wanted the moody music I heard in the show. The slightly ominous and eerie music that captures the essence of Heroes.
I also love the fact that a lot of the cues have the names of the characters, so you can put the face to the music. You have ‘Peter’, ‘Claire’, ‘Hiro’, ‘Mohinder’, ‘Sylar’ and ‘Jessica / Niki / Gina’. The other cues are location based.
Right off the bat, we have Peter’s music playing and it’s very in keeping with his character. The same with ‘Claire’. For people not familiar with the show, you might not be able to hear many differences, but they are clearly there. Peter is dark and multifaceted like his character while Claire has a very positive end to her cue. There’s also Â a whimsy and darkness in there, because Claire is a complicated character. In the beginning of the show, she was rather one-dimensional, but I am glad that has changed and the music with it to reflect that.
‘Hiro‘ is the doomsday music on the soundtrack. I’ve always felt that he holds the key to the past, present and future. He is the glue that holds them all together. The future Hiro from season 1 was such a character. Full of cryptic messages and a strong presence. The present Hiro is still a comic character, although he does feel that he has the responsibility to save the world. The music is inspired by Japan given his ethnic origin, but it lacks the comedic side of his personality.
‘Mohinder‘ easily has one of the most recognizable themes, particularly the beginning. A tragic character seeking answers, who is always one step behind where he needs to be. His theme is perhaps the most tragic one of them all, but as well as an immense darkness, there’s also exploration and touch of grandeur. The Indian inspirations are there as well, a characteristic that extends throughout the album’s running time .
It’s funny, but when I hear the music or listen to the intro music I always think of Mohinder. That is of course because he was the first character you got to know and where introduced to with that eerie voice over at the start of the show. ‘Sylar‘ and ‘Jessica / Niki / Gina’ doesn’t quite work for the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they are great cues, but perhaps not the ones I think about when it comes to the characters.
Even though Heroes might not be as great as it used to be, the music is really intriguing. It really fits the show well (at least the first season) and the style is great. It’s ethnic and can be quite dramatic. Wendy & Lisa did a great job and I would love to hear music from the third season as well, even though I’m not so into the series anymore. I wish they had a theme for Nathan though, that would be interesting.
GEEK SCORE: 86