I'm a big film score fan, but let's face it...most film scores, when all is said and done, have maybe 3-4 really good tracks. The rest is typically either jarring noise meant to fit a moment in the movie or over-development of the main theme. We often get 20 tracks on the same theme when 4-5 were tiring enough.
That's the beginning of where this soundtrack is truly brilliant. Imagine an album that took the best track off of 20 different soundtracks- you might get a soundtrack like this. Because of the varied "worlds" in which the game takes place, the soundtrack presents a number of different styles and themes. Each world has a main theme and a couple of sub-themes that are often just as good as the main theme. It is really difficult to point out any bad tracks. I read another review on this soundtrack elsewhere where a guy said that the weakest tracks were the ones from the 3rd world. I, on the other hand, thought the tracks from the 3rd world were some of the best. But, as I said above, the quality of all the tracks is so consistent and high that it is difficult to pick a loser. As other reviews have stated, you can definitely find your instruments of choice well-represented here- whether you like haunting vocals and choral work, the brass, or a quiet violin- you will find them all here. I never thought that I would tell people that a video game soundtrack had equaled my other 2 favorite scores, but here I am now. Don't miss picking this one up- there can't be that many copies floating around.