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Star Trek: Discovery
Original Series Soundtrack
Series 1 - Chapter 2


Composer: Jeff Russo
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 25 May 2018

CBS Television Studios release the original score of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. The album, features the score by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo and is distributed by Lakeshore Records. The series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers...

This is the second collection of music from season one of Star Trek: Discovery. To be honest, I wasn't overly struck with Jeff Russo's work on the first volume. It's not that it was bad - far from it. It was good, solid music, just nothing special. In the past all Star Trek (movies and TV series) have had memorable and engaging scores. True, for most of the TV shows they had several seasons of music to pick from when releasing an album.

For me the issue is that there's a little too much material that would normally have been left off an album release but, because we're stretching a season's worth of music over two CDs a lot of the atmospheric cues are also been thrown in. For fans of the show who want as much music as possible this is perfect, but for those of us who didn't find it that notable in the show this could have easily been boiled down to a single release. Personally I would have happily waited for a few more seasons and released a single album of the highlights. It worked beautifully for the Deep Space Nine album. Mind you The Next Generation managed to squeeze an entire album out of the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint (and I enjoyed that immensely).

I did engage with this release a little more than the previous volume, but the music is a little too subtle and unengaging for my tastes. It just doesn't feel like a Trek score, to me. They don't even seem to have changed the cover so that you can tell the difference between to the two releases.


Darren Rea

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