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Game Of Thrones Season 3
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
For me, there are 3 tracks that really stand out on this soundtrack. "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts" is one, a heroic orchestral version of 'The Rains of Castamere' that will definitely get you humming. Then there's "Myhsa", a rendition of the Daenerys theme for female and children's voices, undoubtedly the most soaringly beautiful thing Djawadi has ever composed. Finally, "For the Realm" is the main title theme played by Djawadi himself on an unaccompanied classical guitar.

My problem with this album, though, is that Djawadi seems to rely too much on themes from seasons 1 & 2 and hasn't created enough new material. "Dracarys" is a military setting of the Daenerys theme, with male choir and percussion - it's good, but over far too soon. "Chaos is a Ladder" begins and ends with an interesting motif reminiscent of Mansell's "Requiem for a Dream", but the rest of it we've heard before in Season 2. "I Have to Go North" is also nice, but it's essentially just a reworking of 'The King in the North' from Season 1.

Of course there is some new material, eg. in "You Know Nothing", but it's not very melodic or memorable. The one completely new theme written for season 3 was for the song 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair'. Presented on this album is the rock version heard in the Episode 3 credits. It's nice enough, but is really only worth listening to for a minute and a half. What I am really missing here is the instrumental/diegetic version of the song played at Tyrion's wedding, as well as at The Red Wedding. Now that was a lively jig and would've made me a lot happier had it been included on this album!

There are other enjoyable tracks, like "Wall of Ice" and "White Walkers", which develop the musical soundscape of the North in a sophisticated and satisfying way. It's also nice that they put "Shireen's Song" on the album, a heartbreaking little tune. But, for every track you like, there's probably one you'll hate. "The Night is Dark" is a complete waste of space on the soundtrack, and I feel that too much attention is given to Theon, with 2 tracks of about 3 min each. What about the music from the Hound's duel with Lord Beric, for example?

What I also don't understand is why the soundtracks for "Game of Thrones" have been getting shorter in length as the seasons go by? Usually it's the other way round! Season 1 was around 66 min, Season 2 56 min, and now Season 3 is 53 min long. Now, 53 min is not a bad length for a soundtrack, as long as that time is filled with quality. But this album does not sound complete to my ears. Where is a track to represent the Brotherhood, or something to represent Tyrion's issues? Perhaps a few extra tracks on this album could've improved its overall quality.

I will buy this CD when it releases for my collection, but alas I don't think I will listen to it as much as I listen to the soundtracks to Season 1 & 2. And that is a pity, because it's a long wait for Volume 4...
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on 24 April 2014
Firstly the composer of the Series Ramin Djawadi has done a really awesome job to the Game Of Thrones soundtrack. This is one of the best ones out of the series so far. Many themes have now been added into bigger songs and played in bigger ways as opposed to the first soundtrack from season 1 where you had the equivalent of 29 ideas, (but that includes parts that were reused and played in different ways, and some which may only play for 1 and a half minute!) The thing is that some people don't realise is its like Mother Of Dragons her theme has appeared on all three soundtracks just in different ways! As her force grows in the series we hear it in the music different ways, and this is what really good composers do! I do think they maybe some point to more scenic music becoming a little less in game of thrones this maybe true but its the natural progression on whats going on into the show! Look at Season 1 soundtrack we got all these lovely pieces saying the king is coming to winterfell. But from Season 3 you have progressed to a all out war and chaos everywhere. There isnt time for music and fighting (As Much) Its a time for fights and talking. And that's why you will get less music like that! But overall this season has a really awesome soundtrack and its great amazing ideas in the pieces!!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 November 2014
One of the best aspects of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" is the music. Composer Ramin Djawadi is doing great work in both film and television, and returns to compose the score for Season 3 of the show. Once again, the music is masterful - it works within the series, but it's also pleasant to listen to on its own.

Ever since the first season, the Main Theme for "Game of Thrones" has been one of my favorite TV themes - and its a highlight of this album. There is a lot of diversity on this soundtrack; a good balance of intensity and emotion. Vocals are used throughout the album to interesting effect; the tracks "Dracarys" and "Mhysa" are great examples of this.

FAVORITE TRACKS:
[1] Main Title (Season 3)
[2] A Lannister Always Pays His Debts
[13] Reek
[18] Mhysa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2014
Bought as a present, was unsure if it was going to be any good or just repeat tunes from other season's but I found this to be a Really good cd, all the tunes from season 3.really impressed the music is fantastic
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on 30 July 2013
After the haunting themes introduced for season 2 (Mother of dragons, Winterfell,...), the soundtrack for season III leaves me a bit underwhelmed. Just some playing around with bits and pieces previously introduced, nothing that really stands out. Let's hope Ramin Djawadi finds inspiration and brings new material for the introduction of the Red Viper and his homeregion of Dorne in season IV.
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on 23 November 2013
i find that the season three soundtrack is the best one. less brassy sounds, more indigenous and classical tones. there is an additional track at the end of the album - guitar solo - definitely going to be my phone ringtone!
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on 21 September 2013
The soundtrack itself is ok. Most of the songs are pretty nice but IMHO, there are no instant classics like the First Season's "King's Arrival" or the Second Season's "the Rains of Castamere".
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on 6 June 2013
I don't normally buy music but i did buy this it's an amazing collection of some quite varying styles of music and i love the show the music being one of the aspects i love the most.
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on 23 March 2014
Ramin Djawadi is a genius. The more you listen to each song the more you appreciate the detail put into every score. Amazing.
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on 26 December 2014
An excellent representation of the music. It was very good listening.
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