Solar Fields
Mirror's Edge Original Soundtrack


4.5
superb

Review

by Jamoose USER (6 Reviews)
October 6th, 2011 | 20 replies | 5,711 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An exciting and smartly written package of electronic ambience and cinematic tension.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Solar Fields proves that he can take his signature electronic ambient sound and give it a cinematic overhaul that works coherently throughout. He incorporates pounding to soft beat rhythms, sharp to subtle glitchy tones, and well placed melodies and bass-lines. The end product shows a varying contrast of atmospheric tension with heart-pounding action, ultimately making it an exciting, yet still ambient electronic album in its own right.

Being a soundtrack, each track represents a level in the game, most clocking in at just over seven minutes. Each track creates two general moods, the calm and the action and will often shift between the two, sometimes surprisingly smoothly and seemlessly. But the overall atmosphere is quite endearing, creating a sense of prowess and openness, which inevitably fitted perfectly with the game as the player used free-flowing parkour to traverse the vast brightly coloured cityscapes.

But enough about the game, the album also works on its own purely as an album to listen to while you're running, writing and so on. Unlike Solar Fields' work on Movements which possessed more smooth, drony soundscapes and slow rhythms, this album feels more free-flowing and melodic, unafraid to develop its soundscapes into motion.

Let's first look at the more atmospheric sections. "Introduction" for example reprises the "Still Alive" theme (not that one) and creates a drifting rendition with a notable lead synth. But it also allows room for musicianship in use of bass, soft glitchy beats and drums. Sections of "Heat" and "Boat" also incorporate this well. Tracks like "Shard" and "Kate" possess more prominent rhythm lead melodies which work to create more overwhelming tension.

Then the more aggressive chase sequences are very impressive, with notable examples being the sections of "Jacknife" and "Edge and Fight". These movements pound the listener with strong ticky and glitchy rhythms, hard bass beats and pumping melodies, generally throwing a lot at you but without feeling at all cluttered. These parts in particular just show how clever and smart the songwriting is and proves Solar Fields doesn't just excel in the ambient department.

Then we come to the final two tracks, Lisa Miskovsky's "Still Alive" and its instrumental. The song, although a change to the rest of the album with its more pop influenced sound and catchy vocals still maintains the level of atmosphere of the album. It's a complementing finish and certainly a sing-along hit.

Overall, I recommend checking this out if you're into electronic music, whether that be ambient or hard-hitting aggressive. The album provides a clear and consistent atmosphere that never loses weight and is a solid piece of work.
(Correction: Release Date - May 2009)



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KILL
October 6th 2011



67023 Comments


m/

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ToMMyMiL116
October 6th 2011



1474 Comments


KILL what is this?

North0House2
October 6th 2011



5583 Comments


I enjoyed this game, and the soundtrack was pretty decent, reminded me of Portal's in some ways.

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RosaParks
October 6th 2011



14592 Comments


nice review kill

ToMMyMiL116
October 6th 2011



1474 Comments


AND BTW, NICE REVIEW BRA! HAVE A POS!

theacademy
October 6th 2011



27669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love love love this "Still Alive"

better than Portal's but only by a hair

pizzamachine
October 6th 2011



12568 Comments


Aw yeah fun game, good soundtrack.

Masochist
October 6th 2011



7901 Comments


Downloaded it off of Amazon a few days ago, am playing through it again (first time in a couple years). Awesome game; "Still Alive" is my favorite original video game song.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 6th 2011



3302 Comments


Awful game.

foxblood
October 6th 2011



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ooh cool review. perfect soundtrack/album

Acanthus
October 6th 2011



9505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Going to read review now!

Edit: Your sentence structure/review style is very... strange. The majority of the sentences have this
"standalone" vibe that really makes it read rather disjointed/stop-and-go, whereas others seem to flow
with ease.

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ninjuice
October 6th 2011



6758 Comments


This game illustrates why every platformer I've ever seen is third-person. Sure first-person LOOKS cool, but it's fucking annoying to play more than casually.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2011



4099 Comments


That's cool Bjork is on the cover

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LegendofPittman
October 7th 2011



2928 Comments


Good game, but better soundtrack.

foxblood
October 20th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

introduction is definitely the best ambient song ever made

Wadlez
September 12th 2013



3277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to this makes me want to play this game badly

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Wadlez
October 25th 2013



3277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sooo gooood

foxblood
October 25th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

realllllly hope the soundtrack for the new game will be done by solar fields again

Wadlez
October 29th 2013



3277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wasn't aware a new game was coming out. But yea, hopefully.

Acanthus
October 29th 2013



9505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't hold your breath, don't have much faith (ha!) in the sequel being as interesting or endearing as the first was.



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