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Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO Series): Season 3


The Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO Series): Season 3 CD brings you the background music and ending themes from the showís Third Season. For the most part, the soundtrack is dark, with driving drum beats and heavy strings. It gets pretty violent and chaotic, like a horror soundtrack in a few places. It does have a few bright spots, however. "Mysa," for example, is recognizable from the scene at the end of Season 3, which is a happy spot for Daenerys, as well as the entire series. Itís got a floating chorus of voices and a nice, uplifting mood. Itís downright giddy when you compare it to the surrounding darkness. Hey, who doesnít love a nice celebration with a bunch of happy dragons and their mother? Thereís also a nice break at the end of the CD on the last track, which is an acoustic version of the famous main theme. Itís fun to listen to this right before the CD rolls around to the full orchestral version on the first track. Thereís also a bit of a change of pace with "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," an upbeat punk sounding song performed by The Hold Steady.

Itís pretty easy to place each track with its origin in the series. "Reek" is impossible to forget once youíve seen the sickening torture scene that it comes from. "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts" is another track that I can say little about without spoiling, but damn will it bring up some pretty big emotions when you hear it. You just canít unhear it, and you just canít unsee that awful scene either. I really, really canít say anything more descriptive without entering spoilerville, sorry.

I canít say this CD is easy listening, as itís the soundtrack to one of the darkest, most violent fantasy series out there. With this being Season 3, thereís a lot of (more than usual for this series) messed up, horrible stuff that happened, so the music is going to be pretty dark to match. The main title theme is always a crowd pleaser, and the acoustic version is a nice bonus. But there is enough variety in the other tracks to make it a soundtrack that is worth listening to. But even for, say, a Game of Thrones themed party, youíll have to edit out some of the grating, ear jarring stuff to make it work in the background. The tracks that are simply foreboding and moody are a little more palatable, and luckily those fill out the majority of the CD.



-Fights with Fire, GameVortex Communications
AKA Christin Deville

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