After scoring the first two seasons of the popular sci-fi channel series Battlestar Galactica, Bear McCreary makes his strongest showing yet with the third season. Featuring more instruments, more variation and more experimentation than the first two seasons, and arguably more than any other series on television right now, McCreary’s score explores new depths of space, drama and, of course, classic rock.

On the choice to use “All Along the Watchtower,” McCreary says “It’s a classic song that was completely redefined by Jimi Hendrix but, [Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore] told me to make it my own and gave me total creative freedom to re-invent this song for Battlestar Galactica. And when the episode came together, I knew it was the right choice.” As Bt4 slowly lets loose with the well-known lyrics “There must be some way out of here / Said the joker to the thief / There’s too much confusion / I can’t get no relief,” fans who aren’t already convinced are sure to agree.

From the light piano melodies of “Battlestar Sonatica” to the epic, nearly eight minute long “Violence and Variations,” McCreary is clearly exploring much more than a typical television score. This 80 minute soundtrack is as much music from the third season as the producers could cram into one album, and it’s all quality. Rarely does a television score pack so much dramatic punch along with a tremendous handle on futuristic action. It’s no wonder McCreary has been commissioned to work on the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica, along with the upcoming Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for Fox.

Zach’s Rating: A-
Perfect For: Blasting on a cruise in your space ship
Stay Away If: You think drama and space just don’t mix

To order the Battlestar Galactica Season 3 soundtrack, visit La-La Land Records

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