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Old Western Town $2.99
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Berin K. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/17/2010 22:16:44
Here's a hokey track that sounds like it fell out of the musical Oklahoma. Very orchestral, heavy on strings and the xylophone. There are sound effects of horses and a howling wolf. Toward the middle of the piece we get an interlude on piano, with some background noise indicating we're in a saloon. A steam train whistles in the background. It's a light, upbeat piece overall. nothing I'd use for a gritty western but certainly appropriate for pulpish, high-heroic games.

It's mostly a good piece, and hits all of the tropes of the musical genre, possibly too well. I think my problem is that the western film genre is so vast that there's already plenty of "generic" western music out there. With fantasy, you're limited; everyone's going to pick out a track from "Lord of the Rings", and if you don't want those associations in your game you want to turn to generic tracks like this. But westerns... there are thousands of films you could cull soundtracks from. It's not like it begins and ends with Ennio Morricone and the theme from The Magnificent Seven. My only critique of the piece itself is that the piano bit went on too long, was too repetitive; I was ready to shoot the piano player by the end of the track.

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