Soundtrack
The Legend of Korra: Original Music from Book One


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
August 5th, 2013 | 367 replies | 6,421 views


Release Date: 07/16/2013 | Tracklist


I can assure you right off the bat that The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One is the most mature, daring, and adventurous album of music that we’ll probably ever receive under the Nick Records label. The original score from Avatar definitely took itself seriously on a lot of levels, but being the much more mature show that The Legend of Korra is as Avatar’s successor, its soundtrack realizes the ideas of its predecessor’s score even more fully. The concept of the soundtrack’s musical direction that composer Jeremy Zuckerman had in mind was to blend “traditional Chinese music with early jazz,” and thankfully an idea as interesting as that is successful in its execution and makes for an original score with fresh variety (especially for a soundtrack to a show on a children’s network) and very diverse cultural influences that integrates Dixieland, cinematic orchestral music, and organic Chinese roots music (genres that alone sparsely resemble anything in common with one another, mind you) so well into the boiling pot that it shatters cultural boundaries in music, and fluidly brings sounds from different ends of the globe together in harmony. I think we can all agree that’s a pretty damn impressive achievement of ambition for a soundtrack album being released under Nick Records.

The rowdy jazz numbers provide the music for moments of comedic relief that makes for infectiously stylish and brazen fun, instead of succumbing to the tired trend of quirky orchestration used for comedic moments in most modern American soundtracks. Another strong point about the soundtrack is that no matter what type of music Zuckerman is working with on this score, it sounds stunningly authentic in its resemblance to what inspired it. But that’s not to say this authenticity is done in a copycat fashion; Zuckerman’s usage of cellos and pan flutes have the intention of bringing to mind a realistic portrait of music from specific cultures, but he gives it a unique identity to the show by finding an emotional resonance that comfortably ties all his influences together under the same roof. Zuckerman provides music that not only toggles different styles within the same track, but varying emotions that range from the heights of majesty to the plummeting depths of gloom and despair. Make no mistake, this is music that has the determination to have a wide scope that allows for emotional and musical variety on all angles.

Between the crestfallen flutes, raw tribal percussion, charging violins, and obscure ethnic instruments that evoke fascination, The Legend of Korra soundtrack is a layered and potent collection of music that has moments that prove to be as intense as cuts from the soundtrack of a Lord of the Rings film, while providing special and surprisingly crisp sonic variety that few other scores of its ilk have to offer. It’s a milestone in sophistication for Nick Records, and the commendable results of an ambitious and admirable effort to bring more forward-thinking ideas into more attention-demanding music for television shows on children-oriented networks.



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breakingthefragile
August 5th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really crisp sounds on this thing.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



50093 Comments


Good review

I don't get why you mention the record label so much though

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breakingthefragile
August 5th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To put emphasis on the fact that it's Nick Records I guess. Same label Big Time Rush shares lol.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



50093 Comments


You should probably mention that in a parenthetical or something cuz I had no clue

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



50093 Comments


ohhhhhh Nick as in Nickelodeon wow I'm dumb

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good idea, will add that in. Thanks btw, glad you liked the review.

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah lol. I should probably just call it Nickelodeon Records the first time I mention
it anyway to clarify and all.

Gyromania
August 5th 2013



15493 Comments


good, succinct review, it flows very well.

i'll check this out

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2013



28432 Comments


color me intrigued

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Gyromania
August 5th 2013



15493 Comments


republic city under attack is good

Gyromania
August 5th 2013



15493 Comments


and asami and hiroshi

toxin.
August 5th 2013



12309 Comments


cool review, seriously fuck tlok tho

DirEnRefused
August 5th 2013



2167 Comments


i watched avatar in its entirety and thought it was pretty phenomenal, how does korra stack up comparatively?

Tyrael
August 5th 2013



20824 Comments


Wouldn't say it's as good but I think they did a good job transitioning the avatar story into a more modern setting

I definitely recommend you watch it

Storm In A Teacup
August 5th 2013



12702 Comments


Shout outs to Legend of Dragoon and Legend of Legaia

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



9796 Comments


They're both phenomenal. Avatar was so fuckin mature and complex for a cartoon is was staggering. Finale was intense.

Toondude10
August 5th 2013



3785 Comments


The original was better but tlok was pretty awesome. Can't wait for season 2!

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



9796 Comments


I'm stoked dude

Acanthus
August 5th 2013



9537 Comments


Never understood the hype for the show, most likely wont check this out.

The new soundtrack system is interesting too, a bit weird but it does keep things concise to have all of them under one label
instead of by composer.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2013



9796 Comments


You ever watch avatar?



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