HEALTH
GTA: Online Arena War


3.2
good

Review

by Simon STAFF
March 2nd, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The band that keeps on giving.

HEALTH is the gift that keeps on giving at the minute. It hasn’t even been a month since their phenomenal fourth album landed in our laps and we’re already being treated to more recorded output; a graceful bonus that comes in the form of their GTA: Online Arena War soundtrack. Considering how well-received Max Payne 3’s OST was, it was only a matter of time before Rockstar and HEALTH joined forces again. However, I’ll admit that when compared to its predecessor, GTA: Online Arena War lacks the same level of meticulous thought and cohesive writing. Taking into account the band were given a pretty shallow source of material to work with this time around, it’s understandable that the breathing room in the creativity department might be a little more restricting; likely to have been written to adequately do the job for the game, and not much else. And while I haven’t played the game, I’ll take a stab in saying it’s probably far more effective in gameplay than it is as a solitary experience.

Listening to it in its entirety, it comes across like a patchwork quilt than a seamless work of art. It’s basically like all the songs were thrown into a trough while the band yelled “here’s a load of instrumentals we did for GTA: Online, enjoy!” And, hey, I’m not here to judge, in my opinion it’s an enjoyably modest compilation. The record certainly continues the band’s focus on sonic exploration (a style that could bridge future LPs, perhaps?) and exhibits a more developed version of the HEALTH/Perturbator collaboration from last year. It’s like listening to Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy merged with a number of derivative synthwave elements. Of course, it’s a little more engaging than that: these new attributes work as a chassis that sits over HEALTH’s well-perfected and sullen melancholia, making it a more worthwhile experience than your typical synthwave record. With that said, even with the overall product being enjoyable, it’s hard to overlook the fact it’s a step down from their last soundtrack. Ultimately, “No God In Thunderdome” is a little flat, stoic and pales next to the emotional trajectory of “TEARS" – but again, maybe that falls onto the subject matter than calling it out as stagnant songwriting. Regardless, GTA: Online Arena War is a tasty dessert that goes down pretty well after indulging on their career-defining album a few weeks ago, and will certainly please fans whichever way you look at it.

FORMAT//EDITIONS: DIGITAL

PACKAGING: N/A

SPECIAL EDITION: N/A

ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE: https://soundcloud.com/healthnoise/sets/grand-theft-auto-online-arena




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SowingSeason
Moderator
March 2nd 2019


30289 Comments


Nice review, STAFF.

Digging: Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

thanks sow. it didnt take me long to start abusing the decimals, did it? :/

hal1ax
March 2nd 2019


13507 Comments


decimals ?

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2019


8970 Comments


This sounds intriguing.

Taxt
March 2nd 2019


1285 Comments


Nice review. Is this 100% instrumental?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

@ hal1ax lol! my phone must have autocorrected me.



@taxt yeah, like max payne it has one track with vocals bud

Taxt
March 3rd 2019


1285 Comments


Nice, thanks dude

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I know you're as hardcore on these guys as me, so I look forward to your thoughts on this, taxt.

parksungjoon
March 3rd 2019


9354 Comments


speaking of max payne, the 1st game had a really good soundtrack tbh

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Agreed

Taxt
March 4th 2019


1285 Comments


This is solid. Probably not something I'll revisit often, but 'No God In Thunderdome' is a great song to add to the collab singles pseudo-EP

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

yeah, they really need to make a compilation for all these songs

SweeneyTodd
March 8th 2019


2150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really really enjoyed this, more than Slaves of Fear tbh, but then again, my taste is WANK so I saw it coming

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2019


15257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Glad you liked it, bud. It lacks the same attentive care MP3 was given imo, but it’s still enjoyable.



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