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From the earliest stages of its conception, Mass Effect was meant to be an original artwork about the future, inspired by the great science fiction experiences of the past. This synthesis of originaliy and familiarity called for a truly unique soundtrack, with ambitious goals and unprecedented challenges.

1. Mass Effect Theme
2. The Normandy
3. Eden Prime
4. Battle At Eden Prime
5. Saren
6. The Citadel
7. The Presidium
8. The Wards
9. Criminal Elements
10. Spectre Induction
11. Liara's World
12. A Very Dangerous Place
13. Feros
14. Protecting The Colony
15. The Thorian
16. Noveria
17. The Secret Labs
18. The Alien Queen
19. Fatal Confrontation
20. Saren's Base
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Product Details

  • Composer: Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, Richard Jacques, David Kates
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B000XXWKAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Dodds on August 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I think that people looking at this soundtrack will take little convincing to buy it. Like me, they probably thought that Mass Effect was absolutely brilliant and, at some stage, realised how much they liked the original music as well. Game soundtracks can be a bit weird - often not sounding as well on their own as when you actually played the game. Fortunately, the Mass Effect OST is mixed and sequenced well enough that it retains the qualities of its in-game counterpart.

However, it isn't without fault - when I went through it the first time (and a few other reviewers have already pointed this out), I was a bit shocked to realise that a few music pieces are missing altogether. These are mostly the minimal, ambient pieces you hear in different parts of the game, as well as some of the generic music you would hear when you were visiting the game's many unchartered planets. This is unfortunate, because I actually liked some of these pieces of music more than the main quest and primary mission themes.

Furthermore - and, again, others have pointed this out - the tracks mostly feature only one 'loop' of each stage in the compositions. So, all those intense little musical moments that would occur throughout a major combat setpiece (as in track 14: 'Protecting the Colony') seem very short here. Another example is track 3, 'Eden Prime' - a fantastic ambient composition that, at 1m 34s, is far too brief, and hardly does justice to the quality of the music.

I am making the Mass Effect OST sound really disappointing when, truthfully, it is far from.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Toro on November 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As fas as video games go, rarely are they ever truly epic, Mass Effect is one of those rarities. Simply put, it is a work horse of size and story and the soundtrack, shows the same traits.
Orchestral and digital are two of the main styles included, an amazing coordination of styles and emotion interweave to deliver one of the most emphatic and enthralling audible ingestions you could have bouncing in your brain matter. Not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Shaw on March 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mass Effect is a beautiful game.

So it could be assumed that the soundtrack of the game is beautiful as well. And beautiful it is. The soundtrack is nothing more than what you'd expect: the music--ambient or otherwise--from the game.

But, being an avid soundtrack purchaser, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with this as compared with the soundtracks from the three Halo games, because each track is only as long as a single run through that track would be in game. This means that you'll burn through the soundtrack in about an hour, maybe less.

Regardless, it's still a piece I'd recommend to fans of the game, and goes great in the background as you read the book, as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh E. on July 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I can scarce believe that not one person has yet pointed this out, but many of the tracks on this soundtrack have been changed from their original versions. What you hear on this disk is often quite different from what you hear in the game. And I'm not talking about dynamic ambient; in some cases strings have been added to songs which never contained strings at any point in the game.

In addition to this, some of the music appears to be missing altogether. I am perplexed about why producers so very often change, add, and remove music when they compile soundtracks. And then they have the gall to lie about it by calling it an "Original Soundtrack." Is it arrogance, thoughtlessness, or stupidity? Can't they figure out that people are buying the soundtrack because they want the music from the movie or game?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really loved this game and I honestly love the music from it. My problem with this disc is that the music does not flow at all. You're presented with a long list of music cuts that just seem to come out of nowhere. Looking at each track I really enjoy them...but as a whole they just dont fit together. I cant just sit down and listen to the disc start to finish. I find myself dropping tracks into a collection of other things. My whole issue with the disc is how it's put together, not what it contains.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex R on December 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well I haven't bought a videogame soundtrack in years but after playing through Mass Effect I had to pick this one up. Nothing different here than what you get in the game but you do get all 37 tracks used in game, and they obviously sound alot clearer and richer when they aren't being masked by laser and biotic effects :P

A great CD if you like the game soundtrack, or even if you haven't played the game also recommended for fans of moog style 80s synth sci-fi soundtracks (think Escape from New York, Assault on Precinct 13 etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flap Jackson on July 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Mass Effect is flat-out one of the best games of the past five years. And one of the things that makes it so great is the soundtrack, which is a real score, instead of some cardboard effort, or some stock music. Nope, this is full studio work, and actual thought went into it. No, the the soundtrack isn't there for background, it's part of the living breathing game. They build off each other. The soundtrack helps complete the mood and atmosphere, instead of hindering it.

It's a tribute to 80's sci-fi movies with its constant synth use, but there's also plenty of horns, some piano and somehow, it all comes together in epic fashion. And epic it is. This could easily be in any movie, and it should. Jack Wall and Sam Hulick did an amazing job here. Not once did I think that a piece of score was overdone while listening to the music itself. Something I can't say for most modern movie composers.

Memorable Highlights:

"Mass Effect Theme"
"Love Theme"
"Uncharted Worlds"

I also found the credits track rather interesting. It's not amazing, but it'll keep any electronic/indie/80's music fan happy. The guitar work in it isn't half-bad either.

Overall, another great achievement in video gaming: an amazing soundtrack that makes others cringe in terror. An amazing game, an amazing soundtrack with memorable tracks, keeping you interested and into the mood. And although it's too short (most tracks clocking in at 1:30), it's still an amazing job. The standard in video game music has just been set a lot higher, courtesy the synths and scores from Mass Effect.
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