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A bit too big for its own good,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 4 (Audio CD)I've given Murray Gold's previous two Doctor Who soundtrack albums 5 out of 5, but this one gets 4.
Don't get me wrong, it's still the best soundtrack you can find on TV, and parts of it are really magnificent. Murray Gold really has a sense of what Doctor Who's about and his music fits the new series perfectly, yet can also stand up in its own right as an album on CD.
However the series 4 soundtrack is, for me, a bit too overblown. It sounds like the brief he got from Russell T Davies was to make every series sound bigger and bigger, and this one is just a bit too big for its own good. When every track can have such a grandiose bombastic feel, it starts sounding a little bit pompous and loses subtlety- "Song Of Freedom" is borderline pretentious.
I wish there were more tracks like "Midnight" or "Hanging On The Tablaphone", which demand more complex and unusual soundscapes. If you listen to the "Torchwood" soundtrack, which presumably is done on a tighter budget, I think you hear musical ingenuity that is a little bit missing from this album.
So, a tiny bit too schmaltzy in parts for my liking but still a brilliant soundtrack album.