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Soundtrack review: Vikings II (Trevor Morris – 2014)

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Fans of the show will absolutely love it, but others should also enjoy the interesting sounds and instruments that Trevor Morris combined for a very satisfying listening experience.

 

“Vikings” is one of the cult shows in my family. It’s my sister’s favorite, and I binge watched it breathlessly. The adventures of Ragnar, Rollo and Lagertha are among my favorites to watch on TV.  The second season was even better than the first, and I can’t wait for what comes next. I remember a lot of moments when the music really got to me. It was atmospheric, deep and it had a lot of Viking sounding instruments which really enhanced the experience of watching the show.

Trevor Morris really did a good job on this score. There’s a clear Vikings identity on it. When I hear a track like “Rollo’s trial”, I know where it comes from: the instruments, the voices in the background, the mood, everything points to this TV show. Same for “Ragnar says goodbye to Gyda”; it’s a Viking funeral song for me, beautiful and atmospheric and I can almost feel the cold mist on my face. These are my favorite kind of cues; I could listen to hours of them.

The atmosphere of “Vikings II” is chilling and unforgiving. It’s a sign of the times and world they live in. When “Rollo tries to regain Ragnar’s trust”, you need to put a thick coat over your shoulders and you need to make a difficult decision. I get chills when I listen to “Ragnar describes the Blood Eagle”. I love it how Trevor Morris’s music puts me in the Vikings mood. He built a set as realistic as the one for the TV show. The action and war cues advance on the sound of drums and background chants, we get sharp strings and a rhythm that makes you feel you’re right there on the ships. Listen to “Battle for Kattegat” or ‘Vikings retreat” to know what this score is all about. The emotional cues are full of longing and sound almost Celtic in instrumentation.

Trevor Morris did for Vikings what Bear McCreary did for “Black sails”: made the best possible music for the world at hand. It’s such a feat to listen to a score and instantly be immersed in the atmosphere and mood of the TV show. The music for the second season of Vikings is exciting and unique in sound. Fans of the show will absolutely love it, but others should also enjoy the interesting sounds and instruments that Trevor Morris combined for a very satisfying listening experience.

Cue rating: 74 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 47 / 78

Album excellence: 60%

Highlights:

War Is Coming

Battle of Brothers

Bjorn’s Choice

Rollo’s Trial

Ragnar Says Goodbye to Gyda

Rollo Tries to Regain Ragnar’s Trust

Ragnar Reunites With Family

Battle for Kattegat

Ragnar Describes the Blood Eagle

Ragnar Meets Ingstad

Aslaug Gives Birth

Vikings Retreat

Vikings Mourn Their Dead

Killing Horik – King Ragnar

 

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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