The score to Downton Abbey is absolutely brilliant. The album is dominated by some sublime writing for strings and piano, with the occasional contribution from the oboe and other woodwind instruments (however this not frequent). The pace of the album is fairly slow, but this is not a bad thing. In some tracks ("Us and Them"), the pace is slightly high but never in danger of going into action mode.
The quality is consistently high across the duration of the whole album. Many of the tracks are fairly short, my favourites were "Downton Abbey - The Suite" and "Damaged". The additional length of these tracks mean that they could develop more musically, however that isn't to say the shorter tracks were bad.
I wasn't a fan of the Alfie Boe vocal tracks, however I can appreciate they fit the period well. I did quite like the Mary-Jess vocal contribution over the main Downton Abbey theme for the final track "Did I Make The Most of Loving You", with a soprano like quality to her voice.
Please be aware that this score is 55 minutes in length, and there may have been other pieces of music that you liked within the show that are not present on the album. I personally thought the track selection was excellent.
Overall, this score is simply wonderful and goes to show that TV soundtracks are not to be underestimated in terms of their quality. For fans of piano and string music, this album will be right up your street. The score fits the period well, and yet on album it does not sound dated. For fans of the score of the show, you will undoubtedly love it, and for film/tv score fans this is an album not to be missed.