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Enterprise (Soundtrack from the TV Show)

Dennis McCarthy

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Album Review

When the producers of the fifth Star Trek series decided to use a vocal track over the show's opening credits, controversy immediately erupted among fans. After all, Star Trek had a rich legacy of memorable instrumental themes, from the bold fanfare that opened the original series to Jerry Goldsmith's triumphant march used in Star Trek: The Next Generation (a theme originally written for Star Trek: The Motion Picture) to Dennis McCarthy's plaintive opening for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and, finally, Goldsmith's rich, intrepid theme for Star Trek: Voyager. For Enterprise, the producers broke with tradition by choosing "Faith of the Heart," penned by hitmaker Diane Warren and sung by Russell Watson, to accompany the show's opening collage depicting the history of spaceflight. It's an interesting if somewhat bewildering choice and one that continued to divide fans. Thankfully, the song plays much better on album than on television, seeming somehow easier to take while continuing to sound a bit out of place within the context of Dennis McCarthy's underscore. Two versions of the song are included on this CD, a full-length rendition which opens the album and, at the other end, the shortened version used on the show. The bulk of the album is dedicated to McCarthy's score to the pilot episode, "Broken Bow," built primarily around the pleasant, Americana-style "Archer's Theme" (originally intended for use under the main titles). The music unfolds in a style typical for later Star Trek projects, avoiding the strongly melodic (and sometimes melodramatic) strains present in the original series and presenting more of an orchestral tapestry. McCarthy creates a strong sense of mood, using some effective percussion passages to represent the villains while keeping his main focus on building textures to underplay the action on screen. While this technique is usually more effective onscreen than on disc, here it works fairly well on its own. There's nothing spectacular here, but Enterprise does make a representative and worthy addition to the Star Trek musical canon.

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From a Fan Going Way Back

Terrorism, compounded by constant fear-mongering, was filling the television news and the papers. Nightmares instead of dreams had become the rule and not the exception. Enough was enough. I had to find something to counteract it. I had to find hope again. And I did . . . I found Enterprise. I had heard many Trekkies trash the show for its theme song. I had heard the song was titled Where My Heart Will Take Me. I thought 'What kind of a title is that for a Star Trek theme song?' Being a Trekker (One who is not given to the donning of plastic ears or rubber foreheads), I decided to keep an open mind. Isn't that what Trek was all about? I bought all the boxed sets, and to be honest with you, when I first heard the song, compiled with the opening montage, I have to say, it put a lump in my throat. It brimmed with unbridled optimism. I've since bought more songs off the soundtrack. If you buy only one song off this CD (and it's all excellent) do yourself a favor and make it Where My Heart Will Take Me. It will make remember we can still dare to shoot for the stars . . . We can still dare to dig deep and find what's best in all of us . . . We can still dare to hope.

I loved Enterprise, and its music does it justice!

Enterprise may not have had as strong a theme song as the other Treks, but the music matches the feeling of the show -- the first step into space, with a little harmonica now and then to emphasize the cowboyishness of Enterprise. The "Where my heart will take me," is more touching as a song than it was on the show. Enterprise music still captures the action-bits of Star Trek while remaining subtle and less overpowering. "Archer's Theme," is one of my favorites, because it's the orchestral theme of the show. If you're a Trekkie, get this album now. Kr'Plagh!

I finally found it!

I've searched high and low to find "Where My Heart Will Take Me." This song epitomizes Roddenberry's passion for space. It's where his heart took him and it has inspired a nation to seek out the mysteries that lie within our own solar system and beyond our galaxy.

Biography

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s

Composer Dennis McCarthy was best known for his work with the Star Trek franchise; his credits include the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek:...
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