Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Bear McCreary.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 91.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 49.6
Album Excellence: 64%
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a 2013 television series created by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon & Joss Whedon and tarring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton. Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, reprising his role from “The Avengers” and the “Iron Man” movies) heads an elite team of fellow agents with the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as SHIELD, as they investigate strange occurrences around the globe and protect regular citizens from the extraordinary. Its members – each of whom brings a specialty to the group – include combat and espionage expert Grant Ward, pilot and martial artist Melinda May, engineer Leo Fitz, biochemist Jemma Simmons, and computer hacker Skye. The score is composed by Bear McCreary.
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to start it’s third season. Sadly I stopped watching around halfway into first season. I don’t know why exactly because I love superheroes. I even suffered through a bazillion seasons of Smallville and hated most of it, but I had to see it. So a lot of catching up to do in the series. I don’t remember the music specifically, but it’s McCreary so the bar is set high. The score opens with ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Overture’ and it features the main theme which reminds me a bit of the main theme for another of McCreary’s projects “Human Target”, particularly the first part. The second part is building upon it and it’s very well constructed. I love the sound of it and the energy of it. There’s a nice little “Bourne” riff in there as well. Now the real meat of the score begins and there are some lengthy cues in here starting with the 7 minute long ‘Showdown At Union Station’ which starts with a soft rendition of the main theme and goes on from there. It has a heroic feel to it. They are heroes after all, the agents. I also love the spy elements in the music and that makes sense. They are like super spies working for the government.
McCreary impresses, particularly with the long opening cues. ‘0–8–4’ has elements of Asian influences which mix well with McCreary’s well established action formula. The so-called “formula” is recognisable though if you’ve been following Bear’s career, but there are plenty of surprises as well such as the lovely ’Rocket Launch” which sounds like a 90s power ballad signed by Trevor Rabin. It is one of my favourite cues on the score. There are more like it too if you enjoyed that one. Bear really should use guitar more. Sounds great! Something happens after the seventh cue ‘Gravitonium’ though. The energy changes, the pace changes and the excitement level is lowered. It gets better again in the end though. Overall, I would say it’s a very well presented album. Some great music here to be sure and a few great surprises as well. Don’t miss it!
1. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Overture
2. Showdown At Union Station
4. Rocket Launch *
5. The Obelisk
6. Aftermath Of The Uprising *
14. Hail Hydra
17. The Big Bang
18. The Rising Tide