Soundtrack Review: Outlander The Series Vol. 2

Soundtrack Review: Outlander The Series Vol. 2

Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Outlander The Series Vol. 2 by Bear McCreary.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 87.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23.73
Album Excellence: 43.95

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Outlander is a 2014/2015 television series developed by Ronald D. Moore. After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. “Outlander” is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon. The score is composed by Bear McCreary.

Outlander is a great television series with some very bold choices. One of the choices I disagreed with was dividing season 1 into two halves. The first part ended in September 2014 and part two started in April 2015. It was so long I had forgotten both series and music. I think that’s also why there were two volumes, one for the first part and this one for the second part. I wish that they would have waited until the season was over and released a double CD instead. As it is, I can’t remember specific music from volume 1, but I know that I loved it. Celtic music has always been close to my heart and McCreary nailed it. It is with much excitement I get to hear Volume 2, finally! The score opens with ‘Fort William Rescue’ and now I remember the way volume 1 sounded. An exciting mix of celtic music, action and mystery. Although it’s not firing at all cylinders yet, it’s great to hear familiar themes as well, specially the theme around 6 minutes in. I heard it quite a bit in the second half of season one. That theme is a major one. I call it the heroic Claire theme because I noticed it was used forcefully in some heroic sequences. ‘The Key To Lallybroch’ is a rather romantic “homey” cue, low key and beautiful. It is of course the Fraser’s home after all.

This release is all about that theme though. I hear it in almost every cue. It also builds nicely upon volume 1, fleshing it out if you will. I really enjoy when it breaks out into this mini-themes like the second part of ‘To Wentworth’. That’s something I wish they did more of. But back to the theme. I remember a fair few times the theme was really big sounding and powerful. Sadly I can’t hear it on the score which is a shame, because that was what I wanted to hear. That being said, ‘Setting Sail’, the final cue is a small nostalgia trip featuring the amazing main theme and also the new theme. It’s an excellent addition to volume 1, but you won’t anything groundbreaking here, but then again I guess you are looking for more of the same. If that’s the case, you’re in luck.

HIGHLIGHTS:
4. The Key To Lallybroch
9. To Wentworth
10. Tale Of The Tusks
15. Setting Sail

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Soundtrack Review: Outlander The Series Vol. 2, 9.4 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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