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Angel Official Soundtrack - Blogcritics.org Review

By Jon Sobel

Friday 10 June 2005, by Webmaster

Angel: Live Fast, Die Never - Music from TV Series
Robert J. Kral
Music from Rounder / Pgd
Release date: 17 May, 2005

Angel superfans and Buffyverse compleatists, rejoice: a full hour of the gloomy, portentious orchestral music that played such a big part in making the Buffy spin-off so simultaneously grim and over-the-top can now be yours. For this CD, Australian composer Robert Kral compiled and combined his best cues from the series’s five-year run into a set of mini-suites suitable, if not for casual listening, certainly for a vampire-theme party, or entr’acte music at a lecture series for the damned.

One thing Kral’s score doesn’t convey is the show’s humor, which was key to its success. But the music is what it is - action cues and love themes for the show’s most dramatic moments.


But wait, there’s more. Christophe Beck, who scored Buffy, handed the Buffyverse’s musical reins to Kral, but not before contributing "I’m Game," a cue from the beginning of the series whose more lyrical compositional style will ring a bell with fans of the Buffy-Angel love theme and other well-known cues from the parent series. The very competent Kral’s darker style was right for the spin-off (Angel action almost never took place during the daytime), although in the end he is not as gifted a composer as Beck.

"LA Song" is an interesting curiosity for fans, written by series executive producer David Greenwalt and sung by actor Christian Kane (Lindsay on the show). The demon Karaoke bar called Caritas being so important to Angel, it would have been nice to have more samples from that setting on this CD, even (maybe especially) the bad or funny ones. We do, however, get two tracks sung by Andy Hallett (who played green-skinned Lorne, Caritas’s owner, on the show) - Lady Marmalade and It’s Not Easy Being Green. Hallett was one of the best things about the show and fans will appreciate having these tracks available.

2 Forum messages

  • > Angel Official Soundtrack - Blogcritics.org Review

    10 June 2005 21:16, by Gwendoleona

    I have it for a while now and this album is FABULOUS! Andy should have his own album!

    It’s fab and worth the buy!

  • > Angel Official Soundtrack - Blogcritics.org Review

    11 June 2005 02:53, by Mo Angel
    I too, have been listening and reminicing while driving to work. And to think I can remember what particular episodes each score was in, THAT’S obsessive, huh? BTW, Star Wars, Episode III Revenge of the Sith soundtrack is also a very good listening experience if, like me, your a fan of that franchise.