Soundtrack
The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1


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by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 44 replies | 2,866 views


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At only a half an hour in length, one would think more of the show’s score music would be included.

Sporting the length of an EP at a short 28 minutes, the first “volume” of albums consisting of music from the zombie-apocalypse TV drama The Walking Dead, appears unusually late into the third season of the show. The term “volume” might give the impression that this album is an expansive collection of score music and tracks by featured artists selected from the first three seasons of the show. With there being so much to choose from, that may seem like the obvious route to take, but The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1 instead only contains a brief eight tracks, with seven of them being by other artists that appeared only within the show’s ongoing third season, and the only piece of score music from the show’s composer Bear McCreary appearing in a remixed form by UNKLE instead of as the show’s original opening theme.

It’s not remotely uncommon for a soundtrack to be exclusively comprised of songs by various artists and the main theme, but with only eight songs, this soundtrack feels very unsatisfying and incomplete. Not to mention that despite there being no score music included, it would have nice, if not mandatory, for the show’s very recognizable main title theme to at least be included in its unaltered original form. UNKLE’s remix adds a more retro vibe to the theme which is interesting, but would be more suited as the main title theme for a Nintendo video game adaptation of the show. Though while that remix may zap the main title theme of the urgent tone it sets for each of the show’s episodes, the remainder of the songs on the soundtrack - although there are very few of them - consistently maintain the show’s distinctly ominous and unsettling aura that permeates throughout the tracks despite them being by artists who normally wouldn’t share anything in common with one another in any other context.

However, this only really shows that this limited bundle of eight songs were all chosen appropriately and well, when the first volume in the show’s series of soundtrack albums could have used a much more varied and broad selection of tracks instead. That would have prevented The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1 from being such an unfulfilling disappointment of a soundtrack album, especially for a soundtrack album debut that has arrived so late into the show’s lifespan.



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breakingthefragile
March 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright, that's 99 reviews down. Got something special planned for my 100th, then I'm gonna take a break and a step back.

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


Is this worse than season 2?

breakingthefragile
March 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What season 3 of the show? I personally think the new season is eons better than season 2. I felt like
season 2 was all really boring melodrama that tried too hard to shove the whole grey morality thing
constantly down your throat, but this new season is nothing like that. It's actually gritty, and
suspenseful, and I feel like there's a good balance of action and drama that doesn't come off as
forced.

TooLateToGoBack
March 20th 2013



1672 Comments


The third season has vastly improved over S2.

S2 had a few great episodes, but man were there some boring and almost pointless episodes scattered around.

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


That's what I meant lol season 2 had like maybe 4 good episodes in the entire season out of like 13 episodes, which is so shitty,nothing happened at all except the first episode, episode where Otis died and the last two were the only ones that weren't completely filler and yea season 3 is an improvement still has a lot of problems but I'd much rather watch Justified.

Underflow
March 20th 2013



2174 Comments


Season 3 is much better than 2 and an entertaining watch, yes. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Fink's "Warm Shadow." Great tune.

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

BassDemon333
March 20th 2013



3291 Comments


This soundtrack could have been soooooooo much better

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


So could the show

Underflow
March 20th 2013



2174 Comments


It's a bit odd how the "end the episode on a song" trope has only been employed in these last few episodes.

breakingthefragile
March 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Any season of Justified is infinitely better than any season of The Walking Dead, I definitely agree there. I still really like season 3 of The Walking Dead though, I find that the show is much more enjoyable than it's ever been and is finally somewhat fulfilling the true potential of the whole concept.

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


Yah season 1 and 2 were both just so mehhh like the very ending of season 1 where they drive away from an explosion and it just....ends like what a fucking anticlimactic way to end a season

breakingthefragile
March 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Underflow I was pretty pleasantly surprised to hear a Tom Waits song being featured on the show this season as well.

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


Ad people need to recognize justified more it deserves more love than this show that's fer sure

breakingthefragile
March 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah it's criminally under-appreciated. The writing is pure gold every episode.

Underflow
March 20th 2013



2174 Comments


Lol yeah, the ending of S1 was terrible. Season two was such a plot swamp. The whole thing would've been more bearable if the characters weren't written into schizophrenic, unsympathetic silhouettes. The most hilariously awful bit was when Lori told Rick that he needed to kill the guy, and after he finally does it she looks at him like he's some kind of monster. That and Hershel's magical shotgun with unlimited ammunition.

Underflow
March 20th 2013



2174 Comments


Oh, and don't forget "let's drive around in circles and waste our bullets because that'll make for a
good action setpiece."

DarthMann
March 20th 2013



13467 Comments


you should probably fix up that summary so it reads a little better, but agree with most of the
review

loved the start of season 1 and season 2 was very good at times (when they found the daughter in the
barn, call me a dumbass but i didnt see it coming), but i just kind of drifted out of it, dont think
ill get back into it but who knows

ViralOblivion
March 20th 2013



7679 Comments


Did anyone else in the last episode the governor humming the Zelda theme?

jtswope
March 20th 2013



1202 Comments


i agree that season 3 is better than season 2. good review per usual alex. looking forward to your 100th

Captain North
March 20th 2013



6743 Comments


The composer is McCreary? If Galactica is anything to go by, the Walking Deads score just be fucking amazing. So it's shit to hear its not even available



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