Reckless - Powerplay (Thorn Remix) - Greg Edmonson - Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (Original Video
Label: La-La Land Records - LLLCD 1190,Naughty Dog - none • Format: 2x, CD Album, Limited Edition • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Classical, Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Modern Classical, Score, Downtempo, Tribal
After winning a pair of BAFTA awards and a host of other accolades for his scoring of Among ThievesGreg Edmonson was brought back to score Drake's Deception in a new studio across the Atlantic with a new team of musicians.
Switching from the mountains of the Himalayas to the deserts of Yemen as the backdrop for the action, Edmonson does an impressive job of adding new ethnic elements into the score which somehow remains faithful to its two Satan (Remix) - Trash Money - Jean City. The soundtrack was released in three forms: La Tumba - Various - Dance Attitude 17 short promotional release through Piggyback, a full-length digital release through Sony, and an extended two disc album through La-La Land Records.
This review refers to the two disc album. I imagine that most game composers shudder when they're asked to compose music for a desert level or, worse, a game set in a desert. Unless they are given free creative reign over the score, and a sizable budget, the result will almost always sound like the nasal droning of Mega Man 6 's Flame Man stage. As an opening piece, this sets the tone of the album perfectly: the music you'll hear is undeniably Uncharted, but it will be interpreted through a different lens this time.
Sweeping, broad pieces like "Badlands" which feature cinematic orchestral music supporting featured ethnic elements firmly establish the Arabian quality of the album. Being an action game, it stands that Uncharted 3 would, like its predecessors, feature a good number of action tracks.
In this department, Edmonson delivers more quality and variety than one would think possible. The pulse pounding brass and percussion of "Pursuit" plays wonderfully against staccato strings and nasal double-reed melodies. Like so much of the action in Reckless - Powerplay (Thorn Remix) - Greg Edmonson - Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (Original Video Uncharted games, Edmonson's score relies heavily on dramatic tension and the very real possibility of falling flat on its face in order to be appreciated.
Several tracks on Drake's Deception could be prematurely dismissed for being generic orchestral action tracks that one would hear at any given summer blockbuster. Yet the genius of Edmonson shines through in these tracks as you realize that he took these risks in order to set up some key musical moments on the album. For example, "Museum Bust" builds an air of tension with ominous strings over swelling low brass for the first two minutes before, of all things, a Flamenco guitar melody materializes over action-driven percussion rhythms.
My personal favorite near miss on the album was "The Settlement". The confidence with which Edmonson executes these tracks is almost as inspiring as the finished product. It should be noted that the physical release of the soundtrack features a whole disc of additional music to that featured on the digital version.
Some of the exclusives are more cinematic in nature, but they develop in an appealing manner. For example, the loud brass splats of "Stowaway" risk losing a listener's interest early on, but halfway through the track after a quick beat of silence, a Middle Eastern melody is presented and transforms the sound entirely.
Among other exclusives are special powerplay remixes of "Reckless", "Science and Magic", and "Iram of the Pillars". Overall, it is a fine supplement to the more focused first disc of the release.
As an increasing number of Triple A games rely on derivative action soundtracks full of quasi-Latin vocals and metal pipe noises, the scores of the Uncharted series stand apart for their challenging orchestral arrangements and implementation of ethnic musical intricacies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an absolutely solid soundtrack that delivers cinematic tension, evocative ethnic elements, and a sound that innovates upon the previous two offerings in the Uncharted series and is one soundtrack that will not disappoint the most discriminating of game music enthusiasts.
The excellently presented double disc version offers a much deeper exploration of the game experience and musical diversity Growing Pains - The Scenics - Dead Man Walks Down Bayview the soundtrack, and is well worth its twenty dollar pricetag.
Rate the album! Body I imagine that most game composers shudder when they're asked to compose music for a desert level or, worse, a game set in a desert. Summary Reckless - Powerplay (Thorn Remix) - Greg Edmonson - Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (Original Video an increasing number of Triple A games rely on derivative action soundtracks full of quasi-Latin vocals and metal pipe noises, the scores of the Uncharted series stand apart for their challenging orchestral arrangements and implementation of ethnic musical intricacies.
Limited to copies. Tags: GameTrailers. Soundtrack consists of 44 tracks tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album Reckless - Powerplay (Thorn Remix) - Greg Edmonson - Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (Original Video released by La-La Land Records. Sounds like Classical, Ethnic, Vocal - that's what we can say about this album.
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Sign up Forgot password? Nate's Theme 3. Atlantis of the Sands Greg Edmonson. The Setup Greg Edmonson. Small Beginnings Greg Edmonson. Bazaar Brawl Azam Ali. The Settlement Greg Edmonson. Badlands Greg Edmonson. Iram of the Pillars Greg Edmonson. Arachnophobia Greg Edmonson. The London Underground Greg Edmonson.
Mind Games Azam Ali. Sink or Swim Greg Edmonson. The Empty Quarter Clint Bajakian. Boarding Party Greg Edmonson. Second-Story Work Greg Edmonson. Maritime Malfeasance Greg Edmonson. Drake's Return Greg Edmonson. Shootout Greg Edmonson. Oh No Chateau Greg Edmonson. Science and Magic Greg Edmonson. Museum Bust Greg Edmonson. Searching for Sully Greg Edmonson. The Caravan Azam Ali. Pursuit Greg Edmonson. Something Better Greg Edmonson.
East End Boys Greg Edmonson. Marlowe, I Presume? Greg Edmonson. Cruisin' for a Bruisin' Greg Edmonson. The Rub' al Khali Clint Bajakian. The Streets of Ubar Azam Ali. Secret Order Greg Edmonson. Marlowe's Revenge Greg Edmonson. Dreamers of the Day Azam Ali. Ambushed Greg Edmonson. Abducted Greg Edmonson.
Reckless Greg Edmonson. A Plane to Catch Greg Edmonson. Nowhere to Run Greg Edmonson. The Streets of Yemen Azam Ali. Stowaway Greg Edmonson.
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