Once Upon A Time Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Once Upon A Time by Mark Isham.
“This score is dramatic, romantic, epic and just pure bliss for the ears from start to finish.”
Once Upon A Time is a fantasy television series created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis for ABC. It is a mix of fantasy and drama as the story centers around the Snow White universe where all the fairy tale characters have been transported to a town called Storybrooke in today’s America. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Robert Carlyle. The composer is Mark Isham.
|1. Once Upon a Time Orchestral Suite||100|
|2. Henry’s Proposal||80|
|3. The Queen’s Curse||80|
|4. Jiminy Cricket||100|
|5. Dealing With Rumplestiltskin||80|
|6. Belle’s Story||100|
|8. The Huntsman||80|
|9. Things Are Changing in Storybrooke||100|
|11. Wedding Dance||80|
|12. Advising Ashley||80|
|13. If the Shoe Fits||80|
|14. Unhappy Endings||100|
|15. Emma and Henry||100|
|16. The Siren||80|
|17. The Man With the Wooden Box||80|
|18. Hope Will Return||100|
|19. Rumplestiltskin in Love||100|
|20. The Genie’s Wishes||80|
|21. The Road to True Love||80|
|22. The Family Compass||80|
|23. Burn the Witch||80|
|24. What the Queen Loves Most||80|
|25. The Clock Moves||100|
Initially an EP of the score was released with a few tracks. I remember listening to it and thinking that this has got to get a proper release. Me an my my wife has been watching the show, although we haven’t seen it in a while. The music always kept the show’s standard up when the rest didn’t. It has now been renewed for a second season, but I don’t know if Isham is continuing his scoring duties. What I do know is that he should and this release confirms it.
From the opening track ‘Once Upon a Time Orchestral Suite’ until the last track ‘The Clock Moves’, there isn’t a weak cue between them. This is quite an astonishing feat, particularly when the score is over 1 hour. Whoever decided what cues should be included on the score should be congratulated. There’s so much good music here that I don’t know where to start.
The theme to Jiminy Cricket for example, aptly called ‘Jiminy Cricket’ is a wonderful nostalgic theme. Not sure why I get that nostalgic feeling from something so new, but it touches me emotionally. ‘Belle’s Story’ which of course is the character from Beauty and the Beast is another great theme that gives me goosebumps. ‘Cinderella’ is a fast paced and wonderful theme, very heroic and strong. With so many wonderful characters from fairy tales included, Mark Isham must have loved scoring themes for them and it shows.
This score is dramatic, romantic, epic and just pure bliss for the ears from start to finish. It has wonderful themes for the characters and dramatic music for appropriate scenes. It is the best TV score release of 2012 so far and I truly hope Mark Isham returns for season 2 and that we will see another great release like this.
GEEK SCORE: 88
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