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Thief OST Review

2014’s Thief was a highly anticipated reboot for the beloved Thief series, and sadly, the game has not done half as well as hoped. Sometimes, even when a game is utterly dismal, the soundtrack is a lone redeeming quality. Two examples that instantly spring to my mind are the soundtracks for Lost Planet 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. It’s such a shame that this is not the case with Thief’s original soundtrack.

The first time I sat down to listen to the tones of Thief, I was instantly impressed with the first track on the album. It has the worst title on the disc—“Main Menu”—but the melodies, empowering strings, and haunting bass made me eagerly anticipate the rest of what was in store. Surely everything would be as engrossing as this first piece, especially since it’s just for the main menu! 

Worst title on the album, yet it was the best title. Everything sort of slid downhill from there.

The music itself isn’t bad, but it doesn’t have anything that makes it stand out. It’s almost as if the game developers went to composer Luc St. Pierre and told him they wanted something dark and dreary that would go with stealth, and he cranked out the most generic composition imaginable. For example, listen to “Library Escape” below.

The soundtrack only gets exciting and interesting only a couple of more times, and of course, one of them is the shortest track—“Ritual Chamber.”

The soundtrack’s main problem is that its generic music sounds like it’s supposed to be for a video game. It works well in the game to be sure, but it’s not the most appealing for the ears outside of it. When I select soundtracks for my own listening pleasure, they either have to mean something to me in the game or they have that distinct theme that separates it from a traditional video game soundtrack. The Thief original soundtrack unfortunately has neither.

Digital copy received from label.

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Killer Klown Mar 21 2014, 09:27 am EDT
Ah, The City.
My The City...

Ahem. Anyway. Tick references aside, everyone makes fun of the city name being 'The City', and rightly so - but I'd also like to point out we grew up reading about a city named Metropolis, and no one batted an eye.

Then again, _That_ city was also home to a guy who's brilliant disguise was putting on clothes and glasses. So... it might not be the smartest of examples.
Vader [STAFF] Mar 21 2014, 09:50 am EDT
The City. Ah, The City.

It's a boring place.
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Mar 21 2014, 11:25 am EDT
Doesn't hold a candle to the Thief 3 soundtrack.
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