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Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)


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Marty McFly
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4 stars And the space sounding jamming solo in the middle of Droids, that's something quite unique. And after all, space sounds + galaxy far far ago, that could work well, right ? So, to continue with some of things Windhawk said, after John William's great scores (six of them, all of them good), it's hard to break this spell. Even Jeremy Soule (Morrowind/ Oblivion music for example) did also good soundtrack to KotOR I. & II., games from Star Wars universe. OK, they're instrumental too, but it's progress.

Now, we got rock + SW and everyone (including me), who know about it is concerned, if it will work. When considering that atmosphere of SW can be quite melancholic, switched for dramatic at times, I think that for the first statement, instruments like Moog, Mellotron and Hammond are well suited. And as for second one, instead of dramatic fight of (starships on screen) strings under conduction of great master, we have progressivo outbursts. It's probably best taken in third track, The Dark Lord of the Sith, where evil (dark) theme is using RPI powers fully. Yes, Italiano rock can be quite psychedelic (as a synonym to madness, crazy sound) and unmelodic. That's fine, fans love it, I can appreciate it, when it's from time to time. Truth is that it took a while to get accustomed to voice in music of SW universe, that's something very unusual (one sung song was in Return of the Jedi). Advantage is, that I don't get lyrics from word to word instantly, therefore I understand only when I concentrate on it. In other words, I can shut of and turn on translating part of my brain when I want. Off = I hear type of voice, pitch of it, music, can evaluate composition, how solid it is, some instruments used. On = these things + lyrics. I suppose they're quite geeky, as WH mentioned. After all, Star Wars is geek thing. That's no offense, it's a good place for movies, comics. OK, lyrics are ridiculous at times, but it's just because I'm not used to hear someone singing "When I was a Jediiii". It will take a while I suppose. And about half jazz, half with poppy melody in chorus, The Millenium Falcon

4(+), for great concept album.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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