Soundtrack review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Bear McCreary – 2015)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), a fictional peacekeeping and spy agency in a world populated with superheroes and numerous supernatural phenomena. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. In Joss Whedon I trust because he is my favorite person in the whole world and he is also the coolest person in the whole world and he makes the best movies and TV shows. I also love everything Marvel and pretty much everything Bear McCreary so this score is like Christmas morning and a birthday all in one.
The overture is in the already well established Marvel sound. I like how no matter how many different composers might write for a Marvel movie or TV show there is the unmistakable inspirational, horn heavy sound that makes me feel all heroic and motivated. This familiarity makes me connect very easily with this score right from the get go. I feel like grabbing the popcorn when I listen to “Showdown at Union Station”. By the time the 9 minutes long “0-8-4” develops I feel nothing but joy inside. This cue works so well for me and makes me feel as if I’m vacationing in a place I’ve been a few times before and which has never lost its appeal. It’s pure action and pure delight. I know it’s the script’s job to balance action and humor but Bear McCreary manages to do that without words.
He also manages to make me feel nostalgic for the 90s when he breaks out the guitar for “Rocket launch”. Ah, the 90’s action anthem from the likes of Trevor Rabin shine in my memories when I hear this one. Gems like this make this score even more enjoyable. I like an album which constantly surprises me. I like how the music fits with my ideas about Marvel and with what I want to listen to on a Marvel album. Yes this means Bear McCreary’s score lacks a clear identity but just like every agent or superhero in this universe, it has its own unique power.
I also like the feeling of TV show I get from the album; there isn’t a constant driving theme, it’s as if the composition itself is split by episodes, some very exciting, other with low energy, others flamboyant. There’s something for everyone in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Just take your pick depending on your mood or desires. I am sure this album will satisfy everyone.
Cue rating: 87 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 28 / 78
Album excellence: 36%
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Overture
Showdown At Union Station
The Big Bang
The Rising Tide