[...] Less is more. That is the key lessons one can learn from this score. With so many scores overindulging in self-importance, it is refreshing to hear something that dares stay down to earth. Now I could include some psychobabble about how the music seems to represent the timeless sea, by which the town of Broadchurch is set; or how only the bleak Icelandic landscape could inspire a composer to write this type of music, but I won't (...ah!). The simple truth is this: in all its simplicity and minimalism (at the risk of using both terms incorrectly) this is the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful, haunting and poignant music I have heard in a very, very long time. For all its melancholy, it is `pretty' enough to revisit time and time again. Fans of Arnalds will already know this. Anyone else... I suspect they will soon become familiar with his work.[...]
I had never heard of Olafur Arnalds before Broadchurch, but I am now a fan. Loved the music from the series and googled till I found some info on him. Had to wait till the end of the series nearly before they made this available as a download though.
There is wonderful music here. For me the best track by miles is "Broken" which reminds me of some of the very stirring post-classical compositions by Max Richter and Philip Sheppard, and to some extent Nils Frahm (with whom Olafur Arnalrds has also worked). Beautiful , haunting, rich string chords. Like a warm, musical embrace. I would not hesitate to buy an album composed in the style of "Broken".
I love the music, very haunting , the only thing I didn't like was the fact that I had to buy a download rather than a cd which I really wanted. I think maybe this medium is the the only way that you can get it - for now at least. The 4 stars is because of this - it took me a few days to download and be able to listen to my new music as I didn't have the right media/formatting on my very old pc to play it - no doubt easy when you know how, v frustrating if you don't.