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The Sound of Rising Above and Beyond
on February 28, 2000
Forget for a moment about the video game "Medal of Honor" (as terrific as it may be). Forget about first-person shooting, about enemy A.I. and Frames Per Second. For a moment, think about war, particularly WWII. No war is ever a good thing, but this one was fought against one of the most cruel enemies to ever face humanity. Those who fought them and rose above and beyond the call of duty, those "ordinary men who did extraordinary things", are well remembered on this CD. From the stirring title theme onward, this could be one of the best soundtracks ever. In classic Spielberg-ian style, Michael Giacchino serves us an epic musical adventure; perhaps he's "the next John Williams"? Breaking free of looping, droning video game music, the game uses the sweeping orchestration not as a background noise, but as a dramatic device all it's own. Because some of the pieces were written to match scripted events not in the game, listening to this CD evokes images of a non-existant "Medal of Honor- The Movie". The hero's theme is as adventurous as anything Indiana Jones has ever heard, while the Nazi's big, bold brass theme is suitably tyrannical and arrogant. Also, listen for the bonus tracks: a Berlin big-band broadcast, the game's climactic ending, and a very wobbly national anthem. At it's core however, this CD evokes the same feeling that the game does: the urge to be a hero.