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Forest Journey $2.99
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/03/2010 20:45:36

Chirping birds and peaceful melodies characterize this audio track, which DMs could use play quite effectively under a period of rest, down time, or peaceful travel. The music by Erika Lieberman exudes a sense of warm calmness, perfect for a forest journey, just as the track name suggests. Around six to seven minutes in, the track turns just a trifle haunting or mysterious, but soon resolves itself to the main emotional themes. This is a good track to play if you want the players to feel safe, with nary a hint of danger anywhere around. As the product description says, this track really does loop remarkably well.

My big complaint about this track is technical: the track needs better ID3 tagging, and some album artwork. This complaint also applies to Erika Lieberman's other three tracks released at the same time: "Vampire Castle," "Desert Battle," and "Prosperous Tavern." See my individual reviews of those pieces for comments on their content. Sonic Legends needs to create a virtual, ever-expanding "album" for these tracks, and needs to provide appropriate ID3 tags. Of the four, only "Vampire Castle" came into my iTunes with the track name preserved as such, and with "Erika Lieberman" listed as the artist; all others ended up with the file name (complete with underscores) as the track name, with all other ID3 tags empty.

I also have one other reservation: this track is expensive compared to other MP3 products sold at DriveThruRPG and elsewhere. With comparable products running as low as $0.50, and with the iTunes Store and Amazon downloads conditioning customers to expect tracks that cost $0.99 or less apiece, you have to think twice before buying an MP3, even one as excellent as this, for $2.99.

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