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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Arrow - Season 2'
Artist - Blake Neely

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, welcomed by his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland) and former flame laurel Lance.

With the aid of his trusted chauffeur/bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey), the computer-hacking skills of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rockards) and the occasional reluctant assistance of former police detective, now police captain, Quentin lance (Paul Blackthorne), Oliver has been waging a one-man war on crime - as the Arrow!

In what has been a highly successful TV series for the CW, ‘Arrow’ was always something that had to have a solid backing score to it. Luckily for the team behind the making of ‘Arrow,’ Blake Neely was just that man. The award-winning composer, whose work spans both film and TV, and who is currently scoring ABC’s ‘Resurrection,’ CBS’s ‘The Mentalist,’ and the CW’s ‘The Flash,’ he has also just complete work on CNN’s highly acclaimed, ‘The Sixties.’

Here on the second season score soundtrack, we get 29 tracks that prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that Neely knows what he’s doing. Inclusive of an album exclusive track in the form of ‘Good and Bad Aren’t So Clear,’ each track pulsates with action, emotion, mystery and, of course, ample amounts of mayhem! Neely actually wrote over 14 hours of music for the second season of ‘Arrow,’ and whilst all 14 hours would never make their way onto any soundtrack CD, what has is breathtaking.

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk