Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Import, Soundtrack
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With "Drake's Fortune", Edmonson provided a rich score that perfectly matched the lush, colorful jungle environments from the game. While it did have some nice themes, the score mostly felt like background music/underscore, with little identity from track to track. It's incredibly effective within the game, and is enjoyable enough to listen to, but overall, it just lacked a certain something.
However, with "Among Thieves", Edmonson outdid himself. As the locales have changed for the game, as has the sound, though the style is very much the same as the first score, so they fit together well. This time around, Edmonson gives the score a more exotic, Oriental feel, though he never relies on any cliches one might expect of such a score. Also, the "Among Thieves" score offers more in the way of melody, utilizing more of "Nate's Theme" than its predecessor really did. The action cues here are also top-notch, each with their own sound and identity, and aren't quite as interchangeable as the action music from the first game.
And more specifically, the album was arranged well, offering a good balance between more dramatic/emotional/low-key tracks and the action cues. Additionally, the soundtrack album released by Sumthing Else has three new tracks not available on the previously-released digital album.
In the end, "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" is an exciting and exotic listening experience, a wonderful score composed for an equally wonderful game.
I wish Halo Fans knew what there missing.
If you already had the digital version, it probably isn't worth buying another copy for the exclusive tracks (you can download them separately from Sumething Else) anyway. The packaging seems perfunctory and cheap, and there's no detailed cover booklet. The tracks they added are great, although I really wish they'd kept them in the original release. The prior release also means that the new tracks are inserted after the end credits song even on the CD, if you care about that sort of thing.
Edmonson has his own march to introduce Nathan Drake, and it sticks in your head just like William's Raiders March. Including the memorable theme, Edmonson does what he is best know for with the music - He uses interesting ethnic instruments to spice up the orchestral arrangements and to give a sense of location to the tracks. Ancient temples have an eerie sound completely different from snow covered mountain trails or the thrilling din of battle. You can picture the scene in your head by simply letting the music take you there. It's completely worth buying the soundtrack to listen to outside of the game.
With "Nate's Theme 2.0" there isn't much that's different from the first theme in Drake's Fortune, but the percussion is a little heavier. "Bustin' Chops" is a great action-packed piece, but it's the track that follows that is one of the most beautiful musical tracks of any movie or video game score. "Reunion," this track is the embodiment of greatness. The scene in the game when this track plays is more depressing than the track sounds, but the track itself is an emotional powerhouse. "Breaking and Entering" is another slow moving track that isn't really emotional, but helps to set a scene, as if it were painting a picture of obstacles to come.
I'll stop there with track analyses, but what I don't care about with the CD release, is why the bonus tracks (that weren't in the digital release) are out of order. Because technically, the track "The Heist" would take place before "Bustin' Chops," and the track "Tunnel Vision" comes before "Train Wrecked." It just bugged me a bit, because when you listen to them in order with the bonus tracks it does sound better. Either way, this score is a must-own for anyone who listens to instrumental/classical music, or video game/movie scores. Edmonson is a true musical genius
Greg Edmonson returns to the successful Sony franchise for the PS3. Game scores have become a new breed. Looking back at game music history is fascinating. I can honestly say that today game scores are identical in function to film scores. Michael Giacchino helped blur the lines with his magnificent work on the Medal Of Honor series, but real credit goes to Norihiko Hibino who scored Metal Gear Solid for PS1. That score was the first game score that had to work with characters and cinematic developments or in simpler terms a story with a hero and a goal.
What Greg Edmonson has done here is successfully created a sound for the Uncharted universe. In what can best be described as a modern take on classic adventure scores this score is massive in scope and scale. Percussion, strings and brass work in grandiose arrangements to transport you to the story's exotic locales all the while keeping tension and excitement at a maximum.
I definitely think that this score is a huge improvement over what he did for the first game. He does use many variations of Nate's Theme throughout the game. Instead of blatantly placing it in the score like say the James Bond theme he will instead weave it into the arrangements to avoid it being "cheesy" or just over the top. New this time around is the use of vocals. At first you'll get airy female vocals, which is perfect for the exotic and mysterious aspect of the story. Later as you plunge deeper into darker territory he'll bring in the droning throat singing male vocals, which is a perfect accent since the game deals with Shambhala and throat singing is a custom of the Inuit people in that part of the world.
All in all Greg Edmonson has found his shining achievement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good music, to remind me with the experience of playing the game many years agoPublished 12 months ago by hotwinter2010
Very cool soundtrack from a very cool game. If only Naughty Dog would make it easier to get the soundtrack for the first Uncharted.Published 19 months ago by Customer
Although this is the 1st sound track I've ever bought. Each track in soooooooooooo short! I guess I was hoping that most of the them would be as good, if not better than Nates them... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by J. McGuire
Unbelievable that a game would have music that touches a person. Anyway just like uncharted 3, we love it! Well done.Published on January 7, 2013 by Sueb
This is an excellent score to own even if you're just a casual fan of the "Uncharted" series. Nothing in any "Indiana Jones" flick can top this. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Otty