Firefly [Original Television Soundtrack]

Firefly [Original Television Soundtrack]

by Greg Edmonson


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Fans of the insular Joss Whedon sci-fi Western Firefly have been clamoring for a soundtrack since the series premiered in 2002. Composer Greg Edmonson's genre-bending experiment in orchestral country music struck a chord with audiences and critics alike. It was a maverick score for an even more maverick television show. Ironically, Firefly gained the majority of its momentum in the wake of its cancellation. Fueled in part by an extremely vocal fan base, Whedon took the good ship Serenity to the big screen in 2005, but tapped composer David Newman to replace Edmonson. Newman's rich score hinted at the renegade sprit of the series, but its ten-gallon hat was perpetually tipped toward the kind of big, brassy Hollywood bombast that permeates the action/adventure genre. Edmonson's vision for the show mirrored Whedon's, as evidenced by the twangy theme song, written by Whedon and sung by Sonny Rhodes. Firefly's fiddles, dobros, and banjos gave outer space the kind of regional familiarity usually reserved for golden mesas and tumbleweed-adorned juke joints. The fact that it was supposed to occur 500 years into the future just made it all the more exotic. Edmonson found endless ways to work American, Irish, and even Middle Eastern folk music into a show about galactic outlaws, and now, thanks to the fans and the folks at Varese Sarabande, the rest of the world can go along for the ride.

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Firefly [Original Television Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's nice that Firefly fans were listened to and finally given the opportunity to listen to this wonderful music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best soundtrack I have ever heard in terms of capturing a created world. The music by itself is beautiful, rollicking, haunting, majestic and wonderous but combine it with the brilliant writing of Joss Whedon and the superb acting of the Firefly Cast and you have a perfectly "real" world that one can lose themself in. This soundtrack combines world music with instruments not usually heard in television soundtracks. It is sophisticated and fun and a must for anyone who can appreciate music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago