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"...sometimes life does not get any better and here's the proof...",
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 7 (Audio CD)
Brash, discordant, stirring, heart-wrenching, tear-jerking and as quirky as Doris Day 'sickly-sweet' rom-com saturated with painful truths and comic observation sums ups Murray Gold's original television soundtrack for DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7, and it's regally glorious, regaining lost ground that he'd abandoned in his previous two series' soundtracks.
And if this was his series' 'swan-song' it will prove that he has served the DOCTOR WHO brand with energy, dignity and pure creativity. "He who outlives this day and comes safe home shall stand a-tiptoe when this day is named". (Terrance Dicks, 1980)
Undoubtedly, Silva Screen's two-disc release of SERIES 7 OST is an aural armoured battalion (supported in the ranks by Ben Foster and the BBC Orchestra of Wales) that delivers an uncompromising salvo that resulting in an onslaught that for the unwary listener could be overwhelming, however he delivers a lyrical narrative that mirrors the on-screen action with a deftness of precision that cossets and reassures throughout, and as the soul & humanity of the series has changed for this 13-episode series so has Gold's modus operandi.
With this release, have we seen Gold's zenith in terms of orchestral constructivism, and we shouldn't be too disappointed if he departs for the more financially lucrative and creatively broader requirement of Hollywood's demanding motion picture landscape.
Eclectic, MAKE PEACE (Disc 1, track 12) is truly outstanding as it remains founded in the DOCTOR WHO branding but embraces a channeling of George Harrison (THE BEATLES), and an appreciative & effectionate plagiarism of feature film composers, Aldred Newman and Dimitri Tiomkin to deliver a rousing punctuation for A TOWN CALLED MERCY.
Past glories of the Time Lord are majestically heralded (and re-enforced by 'THE Doctor's Theme') in UP THE SHARD (Disc 1, track 36) whilst it is innocuously juxtaposed next to the theme music of Daytime TV camp frippery is delivered in BAH BAH BIKER (Disc 1, track 35). Both of which are tempered by the sweeping expanse of a choral and orchestral tsunami as the GOD OF AKHATEN (Disc 2, track 5) is calmed and placated by the innocence of sacred youth and obedience.
However, there are a number of tracks that are so delicate that there are marginally inaudible - even when listened to through a technically superior BOSE sound system - which I wonder that they could have been 'rebalanced' accordingly. See/hear GOODBYE POND (Disc 1, track 29) and TRENZALORE (Disc 2, track 34).
And, strangely, there is no incidental music from DOCTOR WHO - THE SNOWMEN.
Overall, Murray Gold's DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7 OST is an undisputed triumph of substance over style that had regrettably plagued his previous two scores for the series. Returning in fine fettle, he ensured that any of SERIES 7's mediocrity or storytelling whimsy, suffered at the writer's keyboard or the director's clapperboard, is negated through a skilfully executed creative and morally just music score.
Like a Devon Cream Tea of jam-laden scones & clotted cream accompanied by a freshly brewed pot of Earl Grey, sometimes life does not get any better and, with this release, here's the proof.
And if you're greedy there's another two exclusive tracks ('Glasgow' and 'Whisper Men') on the iTunes download.