- Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Sony Music Classical
- ASIN: B00CL42YBQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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But the reasons why these two points do not worry me are simple. I cannot care if the tracks are quite similar to one another, when I like the sound of them so much. And the tracks that do stand out are some of the best I have heard. Trevor Morris has made a wise decision in creating his score; despite the time period of the show, he has not become bogged down in choosing instruments from the era, and in many of the tracks, the reason for this becomes clear. The heavy drums, rousing orchestral sections and raw synth all combine with excellent effect. It is good to see that someone has taken a great deal of effort with a television score, and it has more than paid off.
There are many tracks on this album that stand out, but there a few that I would name my favourites. Battle Field captures the show's opening scene vividly, and Battle on the Beach is one of the finest pieces of fight music I have ever heard. But the two best have to be Ragnar Fights the Earl, and North Sea Storm. The first is stirring and stands out from every other track, whilst the latter uses booming drums and immense synth to bring the storm to life.
Overall, a fine album, and a great soundtrack.
Unlike other composers, (Zimmer, Barry, etc.) who write the musical scores for films, the "Vikings" CD lacks long pieces of music for you to relax, unwind, or really get in to on. Sure, there's the Main Title and Journey to Kattegat, but film composers write music to accompany films, this CD feels like Morris has composed specifically for scenes. Hence this CD consist of 38 tracks, few exceeding two minutes, of frenetic, often un-catchy, bursts of music which may accompany the moment on the TV - but don't translate to easy listening too well. Perhaps that's my problem. A lot of people highly rated the CD but I didn’t feel that it freed Trevor Morris' ability or obvious potential. You can hear the talent simmering away and I look forward to the day he's allowed the artistic freedom to write for the film - than write to the scene. Then Barry and Zimmer... Watch out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For all Vikings fans out there. Get this CD. It's great to hear the full tracks and to read about how Trevor Morris recreated the Viking sound. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mik, Teesside
I was expecting film music, but the CD is full of musical snippets, and after the 15th track, they all sound the same.Published 7 months ago by Andrea aus England @AcAische
We loved the series of The viking and dowlnloaded it all from amazon prime. The track scan last just seconds. There are nice dramatic tracks which refer to parts in the series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jenny