David Wise
Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack


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by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
July 12th, 2009 | 92 replies | 12,003 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just makes you smile when you come to the realization where all of these themes reside from. You’ll be pissed you ever left the world of side scrolling SNES games.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Guys this is extremely important, your father Donkey Kong is being held captive! It’s up to you two to rescue him! Are you up to the task? The chilling snows, the dangerous swamps, treacherous forests that you must comb to find your father is all part of this magnificent sequel to the original Donkey Kong game. What is really amazing, especially at the time of its release was the wonderful soundtrack to boot. I really can’t think of many other games released before or during the release of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest that really came even close. You may not have noticed it when you were playing it, but once you hear it again after all those years you’ll have instant flashbacks of the levels they once resided in.

1995 was truly an epic year for SNES fans of all kinds. Donkey Kong Country 2 was only one of the fantastic releases that would see the light of day in 1995, which included Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Earthworm Jim 2, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, I could go on, but I’ll stop there. Most importantly these games all included a fantastic storyline and memorable characters, but the deal breaker for these games had to be something that was overlooked and that was definitely a riveting soundtrack. Chrono Trigger’s epic adventure could not be expressed any further without the soundtrack at its helm; the same could be said for Donkey Kong Country 2. Despite the few useless tracks by the end of the soundtrack, as a whole the Donkey Kong Country 2 OST is surely not a worthless endeavor. Still, even now garnering the thrills and freedom of your past childhood, where there were no worries and instead all you wanted to do is lay down on your bed while playing your favorite video games during the summer.

If anything Donkey Kong Country 2 OST really shows how far video game soundtracks have come from each generation. Nintendo’s 8-bit masterpieces weren’t quite as captivating as the 16-bit era and as usual the next generation era that would be dominated by Sony. Donkey Kong Country 2 OST was quite complex for its time, not individually, but as a whole. The type of variety in the game was rarely seen in video game soundtracks at the time. The keyboard piano sequences are notorious for holding the soundtrack together. The same can be said for the electronic ambience that instills fun romps that you just can’t help, but bop your head too. For the most part Donkey Kong Country 2 OST really is sequence of events, just as they would be in the game. The music spans from the least-noteworthy parts such as from the Funky The Main Monkey’s funky bass line to vying against the evil Krock in his ship. That offers a legitimate problem on the soundtrack. You really won’t care for the short tracks (especially the last 3 tracks), but you can’t help, but be addicted to the amazing introduction that “Welcome To Crocodile Isle” brings, the dark ambient “Bayou Boogie”, the beautiful harmonic “Forest Interlude”, or the best track the synth-laden “Stickerbrush Symphony” brings to the table. All a special place in your heart, but the short thrills that end as quickly as they begin is not noteworthy or even plausible to really hammer on. After all, they were part of the game and were instrumental in every event, but it obviously causes a rift in the soundtrack as some of these songs don’t either meld well with the more established tracks or stand-out as much as you would hope for.

What is more interesting about this soundtrack is the fact it can be so funk-influenced from one track, then completely turn its back to that same formula and bring ambient or electronic buildups as seen in “Flight of The Zinger”. There are of course those playful moments of monkeys singing (Diddy, yes you) in “Cranky’s Conga” or the end of “Primal Rave” and this is where we notice the fact all of these moments were instrumental in making this game. From each noticeable track we detract the beautiful 16-bit era we all knew and loved. “Hot-Head Bop” comes completely in mind, from the lava thumps and the charming keyboard piano interludes all the way through the percussion driven background. All I can think of is those damn heat balloons! Damn you!

All in all the collaboration between David Wise, Evelyne Fischer and Robin Beanland will always hold a special part in my generation’s heart. The soundtrack itself was monumental in shaping the game, even if the game mechanics were already on par; I really can’t see myself loving the game as much as I did when I was 9. The variety the game brings to the table was really unheard of, but the seemingly useless tracks that appear throughout the soundtrack can be tedious for some. This may be the obstacle that video game soundtracks need to hurdle over to become relevant, but I still don’t see either of those really happening. That is unless you already can’t get enough of that funky bass from Funky The Main Monkey.



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MassiveAttack
July 12th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm pondering on whether or not I should buy DK2 on ebay now.

Here are the best tracks:
Welcome To Crocodile Isle, Lockjaw’s Saga, Bayou Boogie, Forest Interlude, Flight of The Zinger, Hot-Head Bop, Stickerbrush Symphony, Krook’s March, Haunted Chase, In A Snow-Bound Land, Lost World Anthem, Crocodile Cacophony, Kannon’s Claim

moderndaydrool
July 12th 2009



321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't call this a memorable soundtrack but it's an enjoyable one, i'll give it that.

Meatplow
July 12th 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, everytime I play this game it brings the nostalgia and its almost all the soundtracks doing. Good review.

MassiveAttack
July 12th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this soundtrack so much. As soon as I heard the first few tracks I got flashbacks of each level

cvlts
July 12th 2009



8917 Comments


YAY!!!

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

bloc
July 12th 2009



34490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, about damn time man! love the review, i agree.

Digging: Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

A7XEric
July 12th 2009



299 Comments


HELL YES. I was just listening to this the other day actually. Rare always has great music in their games.

iranscam
July 12th 2009



469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

soundtrack is good. I like DKC1's soundtrack better, though.

MassiveAttack
July 12th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"STICKERBRUSH SYMPHONY" (REPEAT, TRACK)

Douchebag
July 12th 2009



3624 Comments


I absolutley love this game. I've beaten it so many times and It's so fun!
I wonder if you can get SNES emulators on PSP? I'm gonna see if it's possible then download every Donkey Kong game.

MassiveAttack
July 12th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sincerely thinking of buying the first 2 since I still got my SNES =)

Douchebag
July 12th 2009



3624 Comments


I left my SNES up at my grandparents, If the Donkey Kong trilogy was re-released on say, PS3 or something, I wouldn't think twice about getting them, they're so fun and nostalgic. That toxic tower level was such a bitch.

bloc
July 12th 2009



34490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

word, and so was that one when you gotta race that damn bird.

Douchebag
July 12th 2009



3624 Comments


The Boss battles were fun too.

MassiveAttack
July 12th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lets just say it was one of the best games and still stands as one of the best as of right now. Its just so damn fun and there is a degree of difficulty, but not to the point of frustration. I think that's what made it so perfect.

OH HEY 1000th POST YEA

Chewie
July 12th 2009



4531 Comments


omgomgomg :D

HorrorBusiness78
July 12th 2009



102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All 3 DKC games had great soundtracks, but this was always my favorite.

moderndaydrool
July 12th 2009



321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I lost all my Donkey Kong Country titles except for this one ironically so i'll probably play it soon just for the soundtrack.

Any idea on where I can get this....legally?

Douchebag
July 13th 2009



3624 Comments


Ebay?

Spare
July 13th 2009



5223 Comments


you can break into my house and steal my ORIGINAL SNES CARTRIDGES OF ALL THE DKC GAMES

goddammit i'm so proud of that. also this had an awesome soundtrack. i can still remember the song that played in the levels that were like on the top of the pirate ship with the rain and stuff. i feel like getting my snes out now. o laudy.



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