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Mass Effect Original Game Soundtrack Soundtrack

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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.
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Product Details

  • Composer: Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, Richard Jacques, David Kates
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B000XXWKAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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I have come to love and respect much of the music found in video games. It is one of the last places that you will still hear classical style music with orchestral instruments (and modern ones). This soundtrack and the soundtrack for Mass Effect 3, are both excellent. Mass Effect 3's music, in particular, adds so much emotional depth to the entire game that I can honestly say the game would be diminished without it.

In this soundtrack, my favorite is the Opening piece when Shepard walks the ship to the pilot's helm, particularly when the bass pedals on the organ kick in. Gives me chills every time. Also the music written for the Ilos quest is particularly evocative. If you loved the game, you may want to purchase the soundtrack and enjoy the music.
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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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Jack Wall hits a home run with this soundtrack. What I love most is that you don't even need to be a fan of the Mass Effect video games to enjoy this music. If you're a fan of conventional sci-fi-style melodies and beats, you'll enjoy this soundtrack regardless of whether or not you're even familiar with Mass Effect.
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