Bear McCreary's score is more heavily weighted to the orchestral side, immediately giving us a different look at the world. While stings dominate the score, there are still a few passages that give way to BSG-like percussive cues, most likely accompanying scenes with Cylon involvement. Overall, it is a beautiful, haunting score that will ultimately reward me more when I see the accompanying visuals
The album opens with "The Graystone Family." It is a dramatic, eerie cue led by strings, welcoming you into this new world. It simultaneously tells you that this is not Battlestar Galactica and that what you are about to see is serious business. It is followed by a cue that reminds you this is still a Battlestar Galactica world with its use of percussion alongside the strings, it is called "Terrorism on the Lev."
"Grieving" is a somber cue that is haunting, beautiful, and speaks of a great and tragic loss. It is subtle, but one of the more beautiful cues on the album. It is followed by another subtle cue, only this time it is not loss, but foreboding dread. "Lacey and Zoe-A" is an interesting piece that strikes me as a cue intended to build a relationship, but also point towards danger ahead.
Four tracks in and four different feels. Everything works together in perfect concert as a complete whole, but you are taken on a ride. I never cease to be amazed by his ability draw me in and hold my attention. I am very interested to see what he could do on the big screen, you have to know it is going to come sooner or later, much like another rising star: Michael Giacchino (who came to my attention with his work on Alias and Lost).
Bottomline. I could continue on down the list of cues on the album, but where is the fun in that? Let me just say that his work is wonderful. He covers the range of emotion, he is not hampered by adhering to any expected style, and knows when to cut loose and when to reign it in. Even if you are not interested in the show but have a love for scores, this is one you will want for your collection.