Last night, the world was granted a tour of the universe in the new series “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.” Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this series picks up where the late Dr. Carl Sagan’s program “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” left off. This thirteen episode series is a marvelous glance into the beginning of the universe and the soundtrack, composed by Alan Silvestri, is just as fascinating. This soundtrack, as amazing as it is, has some highlights and lowlights. Let’s take a look at what makes and breaks this soundtrack.
Most soundtracks have one or two songs that don’t quite match the theme of the movie or show, but these songs are the ideal audio companions for “Cosmos.” “Giordano Bruno” and “Star Stuff,” for example, are the kinds of songs you would listen to with your eyes closed. They are not too loud, not too soft, but just the right volume. One thing I loved about this soundtrack was that I could visualize the solar system and a sky filled with millions of stars. You will be interested in learning about the universe after listening to these tracks.
As wondrous and mind-blowing as this soundtrack is, it sounds as though several tracks —“Cosmos (Main Title)” for instance—were replicated from various science fiction film and television series (such as “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”). While many of our favorite science fiction films have the most outstanding scores and soundtracks, those soundtracks are outstanding because they have their own sound and do not resemble a previously recorded track. With such strong similarities, it would be easy for the listener to become confused as to which soundtrack they are actually listening to.
Having seen last night’s premiere of “Cosmos: A Space Time Adventure”—as well as its encore—I can say for certain that the soundtrack perfectly matches the theme of the series. With the exception of a few songs, this is musical artwork at its absolute finest. This is a soundtrack that fans will absolutely love, if they can get past the soundtrack’s similarities to the scores of earlier films.
Final Grade: B