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• Posted by: Brett J. Ulrich   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, April 22, 2007, at 3:09 p.m.
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(The following donated review by Brett J. Ulrich was moved by Filmtracks to this comment section in April, 2007)

SeaQuest DSV: (John Debney) Debney's experience working on some Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes must have had some impact on his work for SeaQuest DSV, since it fittingly resembles Star Trek for underwater action. The "Main Title" opens with a choir followed by a trumpet fanfare, which leads into the heroic main theme that is a combination of brass and strings with a driving percussion track. Debney's theme for SeaQuest DSV ranks among the best TV main themes ever composed, and that is the reason it won an Emmy.

Since this is a television soundtrack, the causal film score listener will notice a difference between this and film music. All the music cues tend to either be heroic, mysterious or pulsating with action, as TV scoring usually accents on-screen action, rather than full emotional and thematic development. You will also notice that the orchestra sounds to be a bit smaller than you are accustomed to listening to for big screen music. The music is wonderfully written, and for a television soundtrack, there is just enough variation to make this an enjoyable CD to listen to, even though some of the action cues tend to sound the same after awhile, for example the action portion of track 2 and track 7.

There are three episodes contained on this CD, and consequently we have three different finale tracks, which occur at the end of the respected episode grouping. To be fully effective, you need to listen to each episode as a separate entity. For example, the stirring finale in track 8, the final track of the episode "To Be or Not to Be" then segues into creepy dark music of track 9. Another episode to episode transition occurs between tracks 10 and 11.

The bottom line? If you enjoy listening to some beautiful music and aren't bothered by awkward sequencing, SeaQuest DSV would be a worthwhile investment. This CD is becoming increasingly hard to find, so if you come across it in your local CD store at a reasonable price, pick it up, you will not be disappointed. ***

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