A TV sci-fi score with the usual stylings and soundscapes. Sadly this kind
of background music is pretty much what we have come to expect from this genre
and it rarely rises above the level of merely satisfactory. When will someone
take a chance and try something just a little different!?
The 'Season 1 Main Title (March of the High Guard)' was written by Alex Lifeson,
guitarist from the rock band Rush and it's frenetic, instantly forgettable and
thankfully very brief. A pity because Lifeson's work with Rush is excellent
and I would have hoped for better things from him.
And so on to the main body of work from composer Matthew McCauley. His 'High
Guard Theme (season 2 Main Title)' is a fairly generic, would-be rousing, dramatic
synth piece that lacks any real distinction. After this there are a range of
tracks that make little headway, from the quieter, sympathetic work of 'Earthly
Emotions' and 'Rommie's Love' to the action/suspense fare of 'Nietzschean Attack'
and 'The Magog', but it's all steadfastly adequate and we've heard it all before.
If there is any real quality to be found on the CD, it's fleeting, but the engaging
'The Rev Bem Wayist Theme' at least shows some melodic invention.
This is yet another example of American television music continuing to stick
to tried and tested formulas. With so many sci-fi and fantasy series being produced
in the US at the moment (a good thing) it would be wonderful to hear a composer
given an opportunity by a producer to write something that really stands out
amongst the dross. To be fair, McCauley's music isn't that bad overall, but
it's still too conventional and overly familiar. No doubt the problem is that
I just expect too much!