I’m glad I purchased the OST! The music is great, though there are some drawbacks with the CD. I loved tracks 4 – 17. The music has an interesting edginess to it, especially the darker tracks, like 7 and 11. Track 4 is awesomely majestic. (Track 4 is actually the opening theme, so why is it 4th in line??) There’s an instrument on several tracks that reminds me of bagpipes, but I can’t imagine that bagpipes were used.
I’m ambivalent about using pop songs for historical dramas. The modern voice can add lots of raw emotion, but it has to fit into the scene properly. I don’t recall the specific scenes, but I do recall being jarred out of some sad scenes by the pop songs. I don’t know the words of these songs, but the music and tone of the singer also has to add to the scene, not detract one’s attention.
Tracks 1 & 3 are to over-produced for drama series music for me; too many strings, guitar and extra vocals. Track 1 is such a complex and long song, that it could have been the opening theme, or perhaps used during a time of a significant accomplishment. It’s just too complex to augment a sad scene.
I like the pop songs from the Dae Jo Young soundtrack. Those songs emphasize the voice and emotion of the singer. They were also well placed among the thematic music. This OST is much longer than GKS!
Track 7 also had vocals which would have been lovely to hear by the original artist, instead having to supply them myself!