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Broken Age OST Review
Thanks to Double Fine’s Kickstarter campaign breaking all stretch goals, the studio was able to bring on Peter McConnell (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend) to compose a proper orchestral soundtrack for their adventure game. I haven’t played Broken Age and I don’t entirely intend to, but I wonder if the game is as eclectic as the soundtrack is. Most soundtracks have an overriding theme connecting all of the tracks, whether it’s a melody, use of a particular instrument, or overall tone. Broken Age has nothing connecting any of the pieces, resulting in an album that sounds like a playlist instead of a cohesive unit.
The opening track, “Broken Age”, has sparse, almost lonely strings that sound like a traditional intro for a sun rising at dawn. Just a couple of tracks later, the violins from “March in the Clouds” could have been taken right out of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker score. Jump down to “Was That East or West” and listen to the guitar melody that I swear was in the Lost Planet 3 soundtrack.
The biggest problem with the soundtrack is that most of the tracks are quite short. The occasional piece runs three minutes, but most run around one minute or less. The brevity worsens how disconnected each track sounds from one another. However, on the flip side, I feel like I already have a custom playlist in iTunes made up of shorter versions of some of my favorite video game soundtracks.
I like the Broken Age soundtrack, but I have a sneaking suspicion that you need the game’s context to truly enjoy it. You can listen to samples on SoundCloud, which I would strongly suggest you do before buying the soundtrack on Bandcamp (at least it’s not that expensive for how short it is).
Received digital download from label.
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