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Album Review

With the first series of Sherlock, Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss' BBC adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective novels, pulling in nearly eight million viewers back in 2010, it was inevitable that like the channel's other flagship drama, Doctor Who, an official soundtrack would follow. Composed by David Arnold (Casino Royale, Independence Day) and Michael Price (Band of Brothers, Lord of the Rings), this slimmed-down version of the BAFTA/Emmy-nominated score includes 20 of the most pivotal pieces from the first three episodes of the show (A Study in Pink, The Blind Banker, The Great Game), which cleverly transported the iconic lead character (Benedict Cumberbatch) and sidekick Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) into a modern-day London setting. As you'd expect, it's a suspenseful and slightly mysterious affair, packed with slow-burning twinkling melodies, creepy minimal percussion, and occasionally frantic symphonic bursts, as on the ghostly shimmer of "Pink," the dramatic crescendos of "Which Bottle?," and the unsettling Psycho-esque stabs of "Library Books." With regular reprisals of the string-soaked opening titles and several unremarkable incidental numbers ("On the Move," "Crates of Books," "Woman on the Slab"), the score doesn't always work as well on record as it does on the screen. But Arnold and Price's previous cinematic experience ensures that there's still plenty of more intriguing fare on offer, whether it's the jaunty flamenco of "Number Systems," the lone haunting female vocal on the somber, Oriental-tinged "Elegy," or the slightly deranged foot-stomping "Final Act," which recalls the former's under-rated work on Die Another Day. Sherlock: Music from Series 1 isn't anywhere near as radical as the actual show, but it's a suitably tense, if slightly repetitive listen, which is just as enjoyable as Hans Zimmer's similar work on Holmes' recent big-screen adventure. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

I don't have to say how remarkable this is

Because it's obvious... I really recommend to listen to this album while study... It makes you feel smarter


I have to admit, this is perhaps the catchiest, most thrilling score I've ever heard. Listening to the music is like watching the episodes all over again for less than half the price!

Sherlock Soundtrack is Amazing

This particular soundtrack is very good to listen to while writing a paper, at least for me. It makes me imagine that Sherlock is going to be proof reading the drafts.


Born: January 23, 1962 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Film composer David Arnold seems to have risen to prominence with unnerving swiftness, but this is in fact an illusion, as Arnold spent many years paying his dues by writing scores for English television and documentary film projects, many of them produced or directed by his lifelong friend Danny Cannon. In between times, Arnold tried out for the Clash and the Waterboys, but failed to get the gigs. Cannon made the move to feature directing with the 1993 film The Young Americans, tapping Arnold to...
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