Sonic Adventure Original Sound Track

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Composed by Fumie Kumatani / Jun Senoue / Kenichi Tokoi / Masaru Setsumaru
Published by Marvelous Entertainment
Catalog number MJCA-00034
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 69 Tracks
Release date January 20, 1999
Duration 02:28:43
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Overview

I like to think of the Sonic Adventure Original Soundtrack as a transition album when it comes to Sonic music. The actual game was a transition in itself, being the first 3D Sonic game ever created. The music shares many qualities with past soundtracks but just like the game being 3D, the soundtrack is trying something new too. We can even welcome composer Jun Senoue and his band Crush 40, who are working for the series for the first time. Although Sonic Adventure was the first Sonic game with unfamiliar vocal music, this specific album contains most of the instrumentals from Sonic Adventure. The instrumentals will hit closer to home for the old-school sonic fans, but they are in now way home.

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Whether you love it or hate it, some of the new rock styling is perfectly fitting for the game. It's no Sonic Adventure 2, which is one of the greatest Sonic soundtracks in this style, but there's a lot of materiel to enjoy here. It makes the game that much more fun and energetic. "Open Your Heart" and "Introduction" are the two vocal main themes that kind of snuck onto this album. They started this long tradition of hardcore rock themes in Sonic games. This is a taste of what you'd find on the vocal collection album, though a lot of vocal themes are a bit more upbeat. The vocal tracks are very catchy and well composed. Although its fun to have a taste of the vocal music, its really not what this album is about at all.

"Be Cool, Be Wild and Be Groovy", "Crank the Heat Up!" "Sky Deck A Go! Go!", and "Azure Blue World are more of the instrumental rock tracks I was talking about in the beginning. It just makes perfect sense to have these upbeat, and super fast paced rock themes in a Sonic game. Although the tunes rely on a rock guitar, there are other instruments like saxophones that give the tunes a distinctly Sonic feel. "Be Cool, Be Wild, and Be Groovy" has some very fun fast pace guitar riffs and it's hard not to want to run when listening to it. It makes for good jogging music! These rock instrumentals are all great highlights of the album.

There are some uglier transitions on this album that kind of reflect the mess that Sonic has become these days. Just as a lot of people found non-Sonic levels to be annoying additions, some may find that the music for those levels isn't up to par either. I'm not talking about overworld levels like "Welcome to Station Square", which contain lighter rock. I can live with those. I mean when Jun delves into jazzier genres. I like a nice jazzy tune, but the kind that Jun Senoue makes can be annoying and barely memorable. While they still have a bit of a Sonic feel and they aren't exactly horrible pieces, they are nothing close to Sonic's music and they define the gameplay transition that Sonic took of having more than just Sonic be playable.

There are some great atmospheric themes that I haven't heard much of in previous and recent Sonic games. These tunes also have to do with the game play transition, but they went over a bit better. I definitely liked these ambient pieces, which were surprisingly beautiful for a Sonic game though still fitting. "Snowy Mountain" is the first one that pops into my head. The quiet background rock guitar gives the track a contemporary Sonic feel, but doesn't ruin the beauty of the track and still fits a snow level perfectly. The slight tempo changes are really cool too, though I wish it would all last longer. It's one of the best non-rock tracks on the album. I also enjoyed "Mystic Ruin", which had a bit more worldly of a feel.

Summary

Though the vocals were a big part of Sonic's musical transition, these instrumentals have established a firm bar for later Sonic games to look back to. The instrumentals also help keep it grounded to its roots a bit, though the definitely can stray at times, especially having a new composer. I can't say 3D Sonic music ever touched me emotionally being the kind of game that it is nor did I ever find it fun/quirky. Whether it is serious or light hearted, it's just Sonic music. In saying that, it probably would help to play the game, but I could imagine others liking it thought he vocals are much more mainstream friendly. Jun Senoue has created his own sound and put the Sonic games through a smooth transition even if he had to reflect some of the slower game play levels. It's no old-school Sonic and some will be disappointed about that lost sound, but it's a worthy start to a new generation.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

Album was composed by Fumie Kumatani / Jun Senoue / Kenichi Tokoi / Masaru Setsumaru and was released on January 20, 1999. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Marvelous Entertainment.

CD 1

1
Introduction ...featuring "Open Your Heart"
01:47
2
Welcome to Station Square
03:14
3
Event: Strain
01:00
4
Boss: CHAOS ver.0, 2, 4
02:22
5
Azure Blue World ...for Emerald Coast
04:13
6
Windy and Ripply ...for Emerald Coast
03:11
7
BIG fishes at Emerald Coast...
01:50
8
And... Fish Hits!
01:32
9
Hey You! It's Time to Speed Up!!!
00:33
10
Twinkle Cart ...for Twinkle Park
02:04
11
Pleasure Castle ...for Twinkle Park
01:55
12
Twinkle Circuit
02:21
13
Fakery Way ...for Twinkle Park
01:09
14
Run Through the Speed Highway ...for Speed Highway
01:56
15
Goin' Down!? ...for Speed Highway
00:31
16
At Dawn ...for Speed Highway
02:41
17
Choose Your Buddy! -Slap Bass ver.-
02:03
18
Theme of "CHAO"
02:27
19
Letz Get This Party Started ...for CHAO Race Entrance
04:05
20
Join Us 4 Happy Time ...for CHAO Race
02:29
21
The Dreamy Stage ...for Casinopolis
02:14
22
Blue Star ...for Casinopolis
01:35
23
Dilapidated Way ...for Casinopolis
02:09
24
Challenge of Another Aim
00:55
25
Theme of "Dr. EGGMAN"
02:30
26
Egg Mobile ...Boss: Egg Hornet
02:03
27
Mystic Ruin
02:25
28
Windy Hill ...for Windy Valley
01:41
29
Tornado ...for Windy Valley
01:37
30
The Air ...for Windy Valley
02:53
31
Fight for My Own Way ...Boss: Event
02:07
32
Snowy Mountain ...for Icecap
02:07
33
Limestone Cave ...for Icecap
01:52
34
Be Cool, Be Wild and Be Groovy ...for Icecap
02:24
35
Invincible ...No Fear!
01:00
36
Choose Your Buddy -Finger Bass ver.-
02:02

CD 2

1
Mt. Red: a Symbol of Thrill ...for Red Mountain
01:47
2
Red Hot Skull ...for Red Mountain
04:58
3
Heartless Collegue ...Boss: E-Series Targets
01:25
4
Sand Hill
03:09
5
Event: Sadness
01:14
6
Theme of "TIKAL"
03:23
7
Tricky Maze ...for Lost World
02:31
8
Danger! Chased by Rock ...for Lost World
01:36
9
Leading Lights ...for Lost World
01:49
10
Event: The Past
01:30
11
Event: Fanfare for "Dr. EGGMAN"
00:26
12
Tornado and Scramble ...for Sky Chase
01:33
13
Funky Groove Makes U Hot!? ...for Options
01:45
14
Egg Carrier - A Song That Keeps Us On the Move
04:03
15
ZERO the Chase-master ...Boss: Eggman Robot -Zero-
01:58
16
Skydeck A Go! Go! ...for Sky Deck
01:41
17
General Offensive ...for Sky Deck
02:44
18
Theme of "E-102y"
04:26
19
Crazy Robo ...Boss: E101R
02:33
20
Bad Taste Aquarium ...for Hot Shelter
03:31
21
Red Barrage Area ...for Hot Shelter
02:47
22
Danger is Imminent
01:12
23
Sweet Punch ...for Hedgehog Hammer
01:04
24
Militant Missionary ...Boss: Egg Walker & Egg Viper
01:17
25
Mechanical Resonance ...for Final Egg
03:05
26
Crank the Heat Up!! ...for Final Egg
03:00
27
Boss: CHAOS ver.6
01:54
28
Calm After the Storm ...Egg Carrier -the ocean-
02:08
29
Event: Unbound
01:12
30
Perfect CHAOS Revival! ...Boss: Perfect CHAOS
01:43
31
Event: Good-bye!
01:19
32
Will You Continue?
00:34
33
Open Your Heart - Main Theme of "Sonic Adventure"
04:29
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