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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

CD REVIEW - Perfect Dark Zero

Hello, I'm back and hope you are too. I trust you all had a thoroughly good Christmas. So to business and just one review today and it's for another game score:-

Perfect Dark Zero
Music by David Clynick
Sumthing Else SE-2020-2
27 Tracks 74:03 mins

This XBox 360 game is a prequel to the international award-winning and multi-million-selling first-person shooter Perfect Dark from Rare, Ltd. and boasts a score, which soundtrack producer Nile Rodgers describes as "one of the tightest, most exciting, kick ass high tech/emo/groove/dance soundtracks ever to drop" and further states it is "the beginning of the future of game soundtracks." Well, I don't know about that, but I'm sure it is most appropriate for the kind of game it supports.
To be honest, I found the album pretty dull and directionless up to and including the two songs Glitter Girl by MorissonPoe and Limelight by Kepi and Kat. Thereafter, however, things do improve considerably, although it is fair to say that if you don't like the main theme, which is more akin to Earle Hagen's I Spy than to anything out of the James Bond movies, you'll probably soon tire of the score, which is largely a series of variations on said theme, some techno, some rock-styled and some a mixture of both. Clynik does however provide some nice Asian touches to a few tracks and some flow pretty well, and perhaps could be likened somewhat to David Arnold's action scoring for the recent James Bond series. Another MorissonPoe track brings this lengthy album to a close.
If you like your game scores to kick ass in a very modern way, this could well be for you, but if you're more into symphonic game scoring, you will be disappointed, but then that kind of score would not seem at all appropriate for the world the developers have created here.


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