23 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Three seasons on, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ playful BBC reinvention of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary Victorian detective has become an international sensation. But while Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have garnered much acclaim for their quirky contemporary takes on Holmes and Watson, the muscular musical contributions of composers David Arnold and Michael Price are responsible for much of the show’s nervy edge and frequently off-camber emotional aura. Anchored by the driving club beats of “How It Was Done” (which interpolates their memorable waltz of a main theme as screaming metal guitar riff), Arnold and Price use the season’s unlikely developments to infuse their often-dark electro-organic musical tapestry with eclectic new colors and dry wit. The aggressive “John Is Quite a Guy” even manages to channel the show’s instant-classic theme into Led Zep-“Kashmir” territory with tongue (presumably) in cheek, while a melancholy solo violin offers up a traditional “Waltz for John and Mary” that Doyle himself might have enjoyed.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Three seasons on, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ playful BBC reinvention of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary Victorian detective has become an international sensation. But while Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have garnered much acclaim for their quirky contemporary takes on Holmes and Watson, the muscular musical contributions of composers David Arnold and Michael Price are responsible for much of the show’s nervy edge and frequently off-camber emotional aura. Anchored by the driving club beats of “How It Was Done” (which interpolates their memorable waltz of a main theme as screaming metal guitar riff), Arnold and Price use the season’s unlikely developments to infuse their often-dark electro-organic musical tapestry with eclectic new colors and dry wit. The aggressive “John Is Quite a Guy” even manages to channel the show’s instant-classic theme into Led Zep-“Kashmir” territory with tongue (presumably) in cheek, while a melancholy solo violin offers up a traditional “Waltz for John and Mary” that Doyle himself might have enjoyed.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings
124 Ratings
Rosielocks0327 ,

Ridiculously Excited!!

The score of this season has surpassed those of the other two, and the others were incredible as well. Really happy and waiting not-so-patiently for this to come out =]

AshleyHamishHolmes ,

SO GOOD

Sherlock is one amazing show. I have the first two soundtracks, and according to the previews, they just keep getting better and better (along with the show)!

Dasselrond ,

Fabulous!

Again David Arnold and Michael Price create a score that not only enhances the writing and the acting, but they do so in a way that adds additional layers and depths. "Addicted to a Certain Lifestyle" continues to slay me as it is so full of the confusion and despair that John is feeling when he realizes nothing is what he thought it was ...not even his own needs.

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