Soundtrack Review: The Flash Season 1

Soundtrack Review: The Flash Season 1

The Flash Season 1 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score The Flash Season 1 by Blake Neely.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 87.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 57.7
Album Excellence: 41.8%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Flash is a 2014 American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash. At 11, Barry Allen’s life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learn the truth about his mother’s death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession – a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention – causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery. The score is composed by Blake Neely.

I suppose it made sense for Neely to compose the music for Flash having done an excellent job for Arrow. Flash has of course been in other DC series. I remember when he turned up in Smallville, although different actor. He was introduced in Arrow and went on from there to develop a great show on his own. Season 2 has just started and I’m looking forward to hear what Neely created for season 1. The music for Flash has already been teased in the crossover episode that got a release on it’s own. Speaking of the crossover. Like the release for Arrow Season 3, a big portion of CD 2 features music from that episode. Most of the cues were featured on the crossover album, but there are some new material as well. The bonus section at the end contains a number of cues exclusive to this CD presentation. The score opens with the Flash theme in ‘The Fastest Man Alive / Always Late’. It’s an exciting and lightning fast theme fit for the arguably fastest man alive. From the hurried string ostinato to the two note heroic arch at the beginning, this is a theme worthy of a great presentation and standing on it’s own. In the opening cue it is mixed with a less favourable cue though. ‘Metahumans’ is the DC version of Inhumans I guess, the people with powers, although in Flash’s case, they got the power from a little “accident” and was not born with it like some. The music is dark, gritty and a little bit scary.

Dr. Wells is an important character and his theme is dark and futuristic because the man obviously has secrets as heard in ‘Dr. Wells Has Secrets’, but the theme doesn’t resonate with me as well as it could. Unlike Arrow, The Flash is a much lighter affair, at least for most of season 1 and that reflects well in the music. It has a heroic and light feel to it and I think it’s refreshing having just heard Arrow. I love ‘Birth Of The Flash’ as it starts soft and humble and then raise it’s game to heroic proportions. Goosebumps! Captain Cold is a cool character (pun intended). The theme though ‘Captain Cold’ is more not so cool, more of a Halloween theme, a bit silly perhaps. Actually it reminds me a bit of the music featured in Arrow, but a tad more silly. Dr. Wells has another side and with a insect-like creepy percussion sound, it appears in ‘Catch Me If You Can’. I like that like the Flash theme, it’s very easy to recognise. Mark Hamill’s The Trickster got a loopy theme in ‘Tricksters’. The Arrow theme and a few others are of course returning in ‘Called Some Friends For Help’. The main score for the first season of Flash is a success for me. Lots of great material, and I thought the softer more emotional music was best this time.

The Part I of the Arrow vs Flash saga sounds a lot better than Part II featured on the Arrow Season 3 soundtrack. It is more mellowed down and very much lyrical. Part II was more tense but slow and brooding I felt and that didn’t appeal to me as much as the score featured here on Part I. As for the bonus tracks, mostly good, but only a few great ones, but all of them was “new” tracks not featured on anything before. As a whole, this score impresses. The first season is not too focused on all the action, but the more emotional moments and it pays off. Looking forward to season 2!

HIGHLIGHTS:
CD1
2. Best Friends Since Childhood
5. I Have To Try
6. Proud Of You
7. A Lot Happened That Night
9. Eddie And Iris
10. Birth Of The Flash
11. Things You Can’t Outrun
13. We Were All Struck By That Lightning
17. Impossible Thing
20. Martin Stein And Firestorm
21. Fate Of My Dad *
22. The Nuclear Man
23. Dead To Me
25. He’s A Hero
28. Second Chance

CD2
“The Flash Vs. Arrow” – Part I
1. Saga Sell
2. Rainbow Raider Strikes
3. What I Can See
5. Don’t Get Involved
6. Team Arrow In Central City
13. S.T.A.R. Labs Thanks Oliver
14. A Girl Oliver Once Knew
15. Firestorm Appears

BONUS TRACKS:
19. Saving Innocent People
20. What Barry Saw
26. Taken Enough
30. A New Name

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Soundtrack Review: The Flash Season 1, 9.1 out of 10 based on 12 ratings

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