Over the last few weeks I have heard a fair amount of praise about the Skyrim score but only just recently picked up the 4CD set. Over the last week or so I have been listening to Jeremy Soule's score and needed to say a few words about it.

If you love ambient, earthy scores weaved with the right amount of classical you need to pick this up. The song featured in the video above "Masser" showcases how elegantly Soule weaves various elements to immerse you in Skyrim's Nordic ascetic.

Often times with other game scores I come to a song that is thematically out of place or more pomp and show than substance. The Skyrim score contains songs that are woven elegantly together in a way that start to finish there are no out of beat moments. Soule's score earns its high moments by taking the listener a journey. In fact, Soule's score might stand alone in terms of thematic elements that fit together, in my opinion. In the age of the iPod, where composers write each song to stand alone, often times this makes a score a tough thing to listen to start to finish. Soule's Skyrim score doesn't institute this philosophy and is a refreshing take on what a video game score can be.

Clocking in at 3 hours and 38 minutes the score doesn't feel its length and find that the end comes faster than I want. Soule's Skyrim score made me an instant fan and I am going to actively seek out more of his body of work.

BR   Supporter wrote on 02/21/2013 at 03:15pm

I just purchased the dragonborn expansion and was playing it when the soundtrack came on for morrowind/solstheim. This is the first time I've stopped and listened to the music over playing the game cause it was so amazing. The new music to accompany the expansion is absolutely astonishing.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/21/2013 at 04:38pm

I hope they release the new music in some fashion. Thanks for letting me know, I didn't know the expansions contained new tracks!

BR   Supporter wrote on 02/21/2013 at 07:17pm

There are 4 new tracks and they brought a lot of music from morrowind into skyrim.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/21/2013 at 07:49pm

No kidding? Using old music is a pretty cool idea. Looking forward to picking it up in some form.

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