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"Oh so desolate..." (by JM, 5 Oct 2007) [9/10]
Dreamweb features one of the most "cyberpunky"-Soundtracks ever penned, they were lucky that Vangelis apparantly wasn't in a court-going mood during the early 90s. Dark, menacing and featuring very well integrated, distorted vocal samples, this soundtrack actually created most of Dreamweb`s intense atmosphere single-handedly. An enormous achievement, especially for its time.
NOTE: Haven't downloaded this rip, the review applies to the PC version.
Anvil of Dawn, The: Game rip
"As good as it gets" (by JM, 5 Oct 2007) [10/10]
This is one of my absolute favourites. I seriously think that this soundtrack pushed some boundaries considering the (absolutely limited) quality standards of General MIDI. And the compositions. The way they change tempo and rhythm, sometimes starting bombastic, then taking four minutes to "fade out", sometimes starting with mere solo instruments, then continuously rising over five minutes to huge, percussive "orchestrations". As with the "Stonekeep"-Soundtrack I reviewed, if you get a chance to plug these tunes into real synths or samplers, do! They shine all the brighter.
Note: Haven't yet downloaded this rip, the review applies to my own one.
Stonekeep: Game rip
"Disappointing at first..." (by JM, 23 Jun 2006) [9/10]
Upon closer inspection, Dave is right. There are lots of very small and unenjoyable midi bits and pieces in this archive, but the long tunes are there too, so be patient and look for them! By the way, just recently I plugged some of them into a really classy syntheziser. What a sound. The horror, the horror...
All in all a very impressive soundtrack.
Jazz Jackrabbit: Game rip
"Rocks like Hell!" (by JM, 11 Jul 2004) [8/10]
I really like most tracks of this soundtrack, great melodies, pounding rock beats, lots of atmosphere and, most important, an enormous amount of energy and vividness that make the perfect jump'n'run score. I find it hard to stand still listening to these tunes. However, due to some weaker and slightly annoying tracks I only give it 8/10.
Lands Of Lore: Game rip
"An outstanding score achievement" (by JM, 11 Jul 2004) [10/10]
That's definitely one of my favourite soundtracks, made by a composer who really knows his job. Frank Klepacki just has a feeling for brilliant melodies that are far from common "background" music. These tunes really carry atmosphere and emotion and could, apart from very few ambient tracks, well have been used to score a movie.
Donkey Kong Country: Arranged/Remixed tunes
"Jungle Blues!" (by JM, 11 Jul 2004) [9/10]
This soundtrack's really got the groove, especially the "Jungle Hijinx" music is a must-have. I remember how shocked I was when I first listened to that track on the SNES; I didn't knew then a game could have a soundtrack of that quality and variety. Even if you don't know it, give it a try!