IN REVIEW: Bear McCreary Gives Eureka A Real Holiday Flair!
With credits that include ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2005), ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Daybreak’ and ‘The Cape’ – Bear McCreary has made his mark in the TV composing industry. No surprise that his run as the lead composer on ‘Eureka’ is really no ‘surprise’. ‘A Very Eureka Christmas: Original Holiday Soundtrack From the Television Series’ soundtrack is not only fun and original in it’s mix, but it is literally filled with Holiday spirit! Not only was this episode fun to watch – now you can hear what made it that much more fun!
Track 01 – Eureka On My Mind – A stinger that says Eureka in a very Holiday way. Short but direct to the point regarding the Holiday feeling you are about to experience in the episode.
Track 02 – ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ – Raya Yarbrough performs this gem of a classic and the harmonies and accompaniment of the orchestra screams holiday cheer. Her voice is amazing and the arrangement is beautiful.
Track 03 – Anime Christmas Battle – fun, frolic and a very hyper real Japanese Anime feel. Fast paced and sharp! Electronic sounding with a underlay of strings.
Track 04 – Back To Live Action – Again light hearted and very spirited melodic play of strings. This cue is very cleverly intertwined with Jingle Bells and ends in a flourish!
Track 05 – Winter Wonderland – Slowly paced and sprinkles of humorous brass instruments, this takes the Christmas classic into a swinging style of fancy.
Track 06 – Looney World – ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ and a sprinkle of ‘12 Days of Christmas’ are cleverly mixed in the mysterious track that when you listen you feel there is something sneaky and big going on at the same time, both brash and quiet in a ‘holiday style’.
Track 07 – ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ – yes an orchestral version that has a very funny ‘Psycho’ twist to it. Made me smile the moment I heard the creepy screeching of the string section.
Track 08 – Super Photon Generator – Tension and danger with a Holiday under theme (you can hear jingle bells throughout), but its upbeat and passionate with excitement. Oh and a vocal chorus, kinda scary sings a line from ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’.
Track 09 – Car Skies – Short, fast and filled with fun!
Track 10 – The Holiday and Ivey – Very traditional piano and melodic slower pace with a lot of passion. Almost a love theme like evoking warmth and friendship throughout.
Track 11 – Targus Claus – ‘Deck The Halls’ is short lived but passionate with Brass which sinks into the familiar Eureka musical tones.
Track 12 – Bogey Threat – Another mysterious but face paced sequence of percussion and entwined with ‘Carol Of The Bells’ cleverly sewn in….building to the end and flourishing out! I loved this one!
Track 13 – ‘Jingle Bell’ – Swinging Jazz sounds with a toe-tapping rhythm of the holiday spirit! Complete with a cool jazz solo!
Track 14 – Claymation Allison – Strip teasingly the ‘Jingle Bells’ shine through in this short clip!
Track 1 5 – Animation Schizophrenia – This one reminded me of the old Looney Tunes scores. Again short and to the point!
Track 16 – Sninjas Atatck – The longest cue on the album is a mix of Asian and oriental stylish stings and flourishes that imply mystery and danger wrapped in adventure. Slow and fast. Scary and cool. Funny and deadly. It’s all here! Did I mention a insertion of ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies’ is cleverly thrown in!
Track 17 – Giant Snow Ninja – Creepy, scary and full of danger. Short cue but look out! Bold and brash too! (And the scariest singing of ‘Do You See what I See?’)
Track 18 – Snowball Adventure – Sweet, ‘Carol of the Bells’& ‘Sugar Plum Fairies’-ish but very short.
Track 19 – Claymation World – Melodic and passionate and again a feeling of warmth and welcome. Nice strings and woodwinds in this cue. I liked the heart in this cue.
Track 20 – Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming – Again ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies’ is cleverly thrown in with a beautiful vocal performance of Raya Yarbrough and her beautiful tone of the season.
Track 21 – Oh Little Town of Eureka – Yes, ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ is actually again cleverly sewn in this piece that signifies Eureka is the town to be in for fun, adventure and the unpredictable!
Track 22 – Holiday Heroes – ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Deck The Halls’ are woven together for a unique sleigh bell union and a solemn close of the episode.
Track 23 – Eureka On My Mind – Like the beginning a full chorus of sleigh bells and chorus to close the show! Fun!
Released by Back Lot Music and available for both download and purchase on Amazon, if you’re a fan of scores of Bear McCreary, a fan of colorful scores or just a new twist on Holiday themes – this is the soundtrack for you. Fun and Holiday filled!
Written by Lorenzo Marchessi
Based in Hollywood, CA – Lorenzo Marchessi is a Sci-Fi enthusiast and has written for Starlog Magazine, Doctor Who Drives, The No ho Art’s District, The Van Nuys Press and The Tolucan Times. He has worked on Film and TV projects like ‘Back To The Future’, ‘Beauty & The Beast’, ‘Quantum Leap’ and ‘Star Trek:TNG’. He is also a Film, TV and Theatre director as well. He is now creating the ‘go to’ website for all ‘Sci Fi Geeks’ and more’ which is still under construction and will be unveiled soon! You can contact him at Lorenzo@LandMProductions.com !