Review Summary: Synths! Synths! And more synths! Oh my!
This sounded better when I was younger, but synths used to be “cutting edge”. Synths were so cool. We heard the synths in Tron Legacy, and we were like yes, this is what I want to spend my money on. Not any investments, just this. Now I’m like, wow, I feel old listening to this. The synths don’t sound futuristic anymore, they sound retro. The synths date this album back to the Jurassic Era. And this soundtrack has a LOT of synths. It’s not synths I’m against, though, it’s the way they use synths. Everything is so dang simple, the composition isn’t great, the synths sound like they were made on an iPhone. Add some strings and you get the entire vibe of the soundtrack. I would recommend listening to the soundtrack of Deus Ex: Human Revolution instead of this, it is very good. Not like this. This is moldy bath water.
Nostalgia alone cannot save this soundtrack from being forgettable and ultimately disappearing in the sands of time. “But I remember this soundtrack!” says the man child obsessed with nostalgia, “It’s the one with the synths! It’s SO EPIC!!!”. Nay says I. If you’re looking for a great space RPG soundtrack, try Knights of the Old Republic. The music sticks with you, they took some care to give you hooks, and some music you will NEVER forget. Once again, I am recommending you listen to anything but this.
There are a couple of bumping tracks here, sort of, but purely for nostalgic reasons.
Before I take a massive *** on this album and flush it away, let’s take one last look at the positives. The synths and the strings combined sound right. Also, some of the ambient tracks are effectively creepy, at least until the cheesy bits take over. And that’s all the good things I have to say, it’s not many, but it’s all you get. So put your space binoculars on the shelf, cause this soundtrack is definitely not out of this world. You deserve a better joke than that, and a better review, but I ran out of cares writing this. Please enjoy a different album.