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A beautiful, lush soundtrack for a lovely game (with one caveat)April 27 2014
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Format: Audio CD
I have recently become quite enchanted with Thomas Was Alone. It's a lovely puzzle-platformer indie game with lots of wit and heart, and much of that is thanks to its audio design. This is due both to the stupendous narration provided by Danny Wallace, and the soundtrack. The music in this game is wonderful. It's the kind of musical score that makes for a good soundtrack for your life in general. David Housden knocked his very first OST effort out of the park with this one.
The music on display here is absolutely lovely, both in its instrumentation and its compositions. Most, if not all, songs have a nice mix between lush traditional instruments and highly digitized melodic sounds that combine together to make a very unique sound. It fits the minimalistic setting of an AI computer world in the game wonderfully, and makes the already touching story even more so. Really, this would be a great soundtrack to listen to in a huge number of circumstances though. The melodies are striking enough that they leave an impression, but they're not so intense that they'd distract you from whatever you were doing while listening to the music. This would be great music to listen to while driving, going for a walk, doing household chores, working, etc. I've listened to it in all of these scenarios and have enjoyed it immensely. The music here is very heartfelt and immediately enjoyable from the first moment you hear it. There's a nice variety to the songs too, all of which are perfectly placed in the various levels of the game. Great stuff here.
There is only one reason why I give this album 4-stars instead of 5: it's much too short. I understand that TWA is a minimalistic game and the music reflects that, but still, this album only lasts about 27 minutes and that's quite anemic. It's more of an EP really. $9 for that feels too steep to me. Usually, when a gaming soundtrack gets published, they'll often loop a song twice in the same track, doubling its length. Since songs in video game music are usually pretty short and made to loop anyway, that seems pretty fair. Many of the songs on this album are over in less than two minutes. They could have easily looped some of these songs and extended the length of the album to over 35 or 40 minutes. Many of these songs are so good, you'll just end up rewinding them over and over again. That becomes a major pain with songs lasting only a minute and a half. Ah well. You can't win em' all.
All-in-all, this is a lovely little album to put on when you want a nice soundtrack to your life. Just looking at the quality of the music on display here, I'd say Thomas Was Alone easily ranks up there with Dustforce, Bastion, and Sword & Sworcery Lp in terms of great indie game soundtracks. It fits the game so well and is just as enjoyable to listen to in any number of circumstances. So if you're a fan of the game itself, a fan of great indie game music, or a fan of good life-soundtrack music in general, AND you don't mind the price-to-length ratio here, then this little gem of an album deserves your consideration at the very least. Hope you found this review helpful. Thanks for reading. Toodles.
Love the game. Love the soundtrackApril 18 2014
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As someone who works with computers a lot, I need good music that I can listen in the background while working that is not boring and also not too distracting. This is both entertaining and also good background music.