Soundtrack (Video Game)
Sonic R Original Soundtrack


4.0
excellent

Review

by Get Low (The Gatekeeper of Ratings) USER (11 Reviews)
June 7th, 2019 | 45 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You're too slow.

Sonic R is a racing game originally released in 1997 for the Sega Saturn, featuring characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The game's soundtrack was composed by now-renowned video game music composer Richard Jacques, with vocals from British singer Teresa Jane (TJ) Davis. The OST contains what I consider to be the seven main songs – which are full-length and have vocals – as well as short clips from the title and options screen, and the pre-race and post-race jingles. The 2014 digital release of the soundtrack also contains instrumental versions of six of the seven main songs.

Sonic R contains five racetracks, and each of them has their own song, with lyrics that coincide (but not too much) with the theme of the track. For example, the song for the first track, Resort Island, is appropriately titled Can You Feel the Sunshine", and is about the sense of freedom one feels on a sunny day. Although the lyrical theme is appropriate for the track itself, the lyrics are general, make no mention of anything that would imply its having been written for a video game, and thus wouldn't do anything to alienate someone who listens to the tune without having played Sonic R. The same can be said for the other four racetrack songs. As for the ending credits number Number One, while it does refer specifically to racing in the opening lines ("When the day is done / When the race is won / My life has only just begun"), the song ends up being about being number one not in the race, but rather in someone's heart ("All we need is love / For us to be together / 'Cause you're my number one"). The game's flagship song, Super Sonic Racing, is very obviously about the game itself.

I would describe these compositions as techno/electronic synth-pop, and every bit as fast-paced as one would expect from a Sonic the Hedgehog game. A programmed hi-hat and snare carry the 80's-inspired dance-pop beats up to tempos fit for running (Sonic R is a foot-racing game by the way, not a vehicular racing game). Each of these songs also has a piano accompaniment that adds a big-city jazz vibe not only to the tune, but to each racetrack while playing the game. TJ Davis's vocals, arguably the most distinctive feature of these songs, are clear and concise, as well as having a curiously strong resonance of passion for having not written the lyrics herself (all lyrics were written by Jacques).

Does the Sonic R OST hold up as a standalone collection of music outside of the game" I can't answer the question objectively, as I had fallen in love with Sonic R (as well as its soundtrack) at a relatively young age. I do, however, think that the seven main songs are exceptionally well-written and well-performed pieces of music, and anyone who is interested in the style of these songs and capable of looking past a few in-lyric references to the game itself will thoroughly enjoy them. As for anyone who is a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series but hasn't played Sonic R, if you enjoy the high-octane music from the other games, I have no doubt that the Sonic R OST (and the game!) will be right up your alley.



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Get Low
June 7th 2019


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had to show my favorite game soundtrack, as well as one of my favorite games, some love. This was a lot of fun to write.

JS19
June 7th 2019


7205 Comments


EVERYBODY SUPER SONIC RACING

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Middle18
June 7th 2019


294 Comments


You actually like the game? I played it for the first time recently a genuinely couldn't stay on the track the controls were that bad, terrible game. Good music tho.

9Hammer
June 7th 2019


163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good to see a soundtrack/OST review every now and then. Wasn't expecting a review of this game's soundtrack, to be perfectly honest, and you did a fine job reviewing it.

Space Jester
June 7th 2019


6544 Comments


Why does the cover have the Sonic Adventure-style Sonic when that game didn’t come out until a year after Sonic R

Get Low
June 7th 2019


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, 9Hammer.



"You actually like the game? I played it for the first time recently a genuinely couldn't stay on the track the controls were that bad, terrible game. Good music tho."



Lol yeah I love the game. The controls took quite a bit of getting used to though.

Get Low
June 7th 2019


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Jester I'd have to assume that Sonic Adventure was at least in development at that point.

JS19
June 7th 2019


7205 Comments


CAN YOU FEEL THE SUNSHINE

Demon of the Fall
June 7th 2019


11003 Comments


Cool review, pos. Although experiences from my own childhood mean that I love Sonic from the bottom of my heart, I have never played actually this one.

Somewhat related question... to evaluate a soundtrack do you need to have heard said soundtrack separately, or is basing it on your experiences with the game valid enough? Many (non-soundtrack) albums from my past get linked to games (in my head) anyway, as I would sometimes be doing both simultaneously, with the game volume off.

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JS19
June 7th 2019


7205 Comments


LIVIN' IN THE CITY

SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4425 Comments


Do sonic 06 next

Demon of the Fall
June 7th 2019


11003 Comments


Do Ratchet & Clank :-)

SlicePaperMoog
June 7th 2019


1402 Comments


Ah yes the game that started the Tails Doll. The one thing on the internet that scared me the most in 3rd grade. Good times.

Zig
June 7th 2019


1786 Comments


SEGA's Mario Kart

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BenThatsMyJamin
June 7th 2019


2523 Comments


Not as good as the sonic adventure soundtrack, but good to see this reviewed

Get Low
June 7th 2019


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Demon I can't speak for any other people who have reviewed soundtracks, but for me, I've listened to this soundtrack separately from the game many times, as I no longer own Sonic R. I think it's best to have at least listened to the soundtrack once on its own before reviewing it; and furthermore, I think whether or not the soundtrack works as it's own separate piece of music is an important question to address in soundtrack reviews. Also, thanks for the pos.



@Moog Tails Doll forever the best creepypasta.

PostMesmeric
June 7th 2019


754 Comments


Always good seeing more game OST reviews. Awesome work.

GreyShadow
June 7th 2019


3141 Comments


I love this soundtrack so much omfg. Diamond in the Sky is perfection

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Saros
June 7th 2019


255 Comments


Kinda fell out of Sonic over the years but the music can be pretty neat sometimes.

Get Low
June 7th 2019


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOU'RE THE ONE THAT MAKES ME FEEL SO HIGH

~*~Like a diamond in the skyyy~*~



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