Label: Sumthing Else Music Works - SE-2061-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Stage & Screen •
Beddow was able to work competently with a full orchestra to create an epic score for Viking: Battle for Asgardthough the result was highly derivative and somewhat uninteresting. In Empire: Total Warhe offers a similar orchestral sound while ensuring the score seamlessly blends with its 18th Century setting and naval battles. Joining him are three co-composers, orchestrator Nic Raine, and studio favourite, the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. While Empire: Total War offers little as creative as Van Dyck's work on the series, is it at least interesting?
The "Empire Theme" reflects the tone of much of the score with an atmospheric militaristic orchestration. Soft and enchanting, the main melody is beautifully presented on woodwinds then strings against slow stirring accompaniment. While it retains a subdued tone throughout, the various nuances and affecting chord progressions in the second half sustain one's interest despite the simple set-up.
The team handle other subdued themes effectively too. Meanwhile scene-setters "The Colonials Plan for Battle" and "The Unchartered Waters" are filled with the weighty strings and dramatic nuances most would expect from a war epic. The latter's boundless strings and suspended chord progressions are especially effective while exploring the seas.
However, many will feel frustrated with the purely functional features, particularly The Declaration - Richard Beddow - Empire Total War - The Soundtrack used to the unique musicality of Jeff Van Dyck.
There isn't any harmonic exuberance or hybridised textures to be found, just emulations of Shore or Williams and regurgitations of studies of basic harmony and orchestrations.
The action themes are generally well done on the soundtrack. While these themes are hardly The Meaning - Supertramp - MP3, it's with the likes of "The Battle of Quebec" that Beddow and co.
That said, there is The Declaration - Richard Beddow - Empire Total War - The Soundtrack profundity to be found. There are a fair number of other emotional themes in the set.
For example, " Bunker Hill Deployment" certainly captures the bittersweet grandiosity of going out to battle while "The Price of Freedom" laments the fallen with passionate violins and wailing bamboo flutes. The last third of the soundtrack is especially refreshing and emotional with its stronger Eastern influences.
The battle themes for Azov, (Cant Get) Excited - The Monoxides - Galaxy Of Stooges, and Panpipat are all refreshing with their blend of heartfelt oriental instrument performances, dramatic orchestration, and furious percussion, much as Van Dyck's recent scores did.
The score nevertheless ends with conventional Western cinematic orchestration as it started. At the climax of the game, the suspenseful "Sailing into the Pulsar - Rank 1 - A Trip In Trance 4 and action-packed "The Fleets Last Stand" are especially memorable both thematically and emotionally.
The "End Credits" brings the score round full circle given its similar composition to "Empire Theme"; however, the orchestration is a little more colourful with its trumpet solos and uplifting backing despite adhering to convention. The score for Empire: Total War is certainly a professional one, but not really an artistic accomplishment. Beddow and co. They use the orchestra in a convincing manner and the orchestra itself achieve a dramatic performance.
What the score lacks is originality. A few exceptions aside, the cinematic writing is almost as derivative as it comes and the orchestration takes a no frills approach. This is especially significant here given the Total War franchise has always been known for Jeff Van Dyck's characteristic and evolving musicality.
That said, the score is still a improvement on all levels compared to Viking: Battle for Asgard. Most importantly, it's actually an interesting stand-alone listen this time, given the strong themes, emotional writing, and stylistic diversity.
Thanks to Sumthing Else Music Works, it is easily available to buy and may be a worthy investment for fans of dramatic yet straightforward orchestral music, or those who enjoyed the music in the successful The Day Squids Gerbil Died - Lunachicks - Drop Dead Live. Rate the album!
Body The "Empire Theme" reflects the tone of much of the score with an atmospheric militaristic orchestration. Summary The score for Empire: Total War is certainly a professional one, but not really an artistic accomplishment. Soundtrack consists of 32 tracks tracks with duration over about 60 minutes.
Album was The Declaration - Richard Beddow - Empire Total War - The Soundtrack by Sumthing Else. Sounds like Classical - that's what we can say about this album. Have something to say? Do it! Average album rating: 9.
CD CD. Mandalorian: Chapter 1 Original Score, The. Bonetones Original Game Soundtrack. Prescription for Sleep: Shovel Knight. Sofmap Digital Content Disc. All rights reserved. Full or partial copying is strictly prohibited. All trademarks, logos and images are belong to their legitimate owners. Sign up Forgot password? Empire Theme. The First Encounter. The Road To Independance. The Price Of Freedom. The Threat Of War. The Powhaten Attack. Boarders Redrawn. Opechancanough's Revenge. The Death Of General Braddock.
The British Plan Their Attack. The Battle Of Quebec. Plotting The Rebellion. The Colonials Plan For Battle. The War Of Independance. The Declaration. The American Dream. Uncharted Waters. The Pirates Attack. Planning The Azov Offensive. The Battle Of Azov. The Battle Of Bakhchisaray. Preparation For War. The Battle Of Panipat. Rebuild The Defences. Panipat - The The Declaration - Richard Beddow - Empire Total War - The Soundtrack Strike.
Sailing Into The Storm. The Fleets Last Stand. Empire Credits.
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