Beyond Good & Evil Original Soundtrack

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Composed by Christophe Heral / Patrice Héral
Published by Nintendo
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format Digital - 31 Tracks
Release date November 11, 2003
Duration 01:31:47
Genres Ambient / Ambient: Electronic / Ambient: Ethno / Electronica / Electronica: Experimental / Electronica: Funky Breaks / Electronica: Techno / Hip-Hop / Instrument: Cello / Instrument: Flute / Instrument: Percussion / Instrument: Piano / Instrument: Violin / Instrumental / Reggae: Funky Reggae / Region: France / Score
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Overview

Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil was one of those games that failed to sell well despite near-universal critical acclaim. Released on all three major platforms in 2003, the game's charming combination of adventure, puzzles, and RPG action impressed everyone who bothered to pick up a copy, but the title soon filled bargain bins regardless, putting plans for a trilogy of games on hold. A truly international production that shipped with multiple language tracks, Beyond Good and Evil's music — by French composer Christophe Héral — was as unique as the game itself.

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The most interesting and unusual thing about Héral's work is the sheer variety of vocals that lend a quirky, contemporary flair to many of the song. From the calypso vibes of "Mammago Garage" to the funky "Akuda Propaganda" and the bizarrely kooky "Fun and Mini-Games," Héral's themes are a hoot, performed in a bizarre mélange of Spanish, French, and English. Many tracks without singing include a capella work, with vocal beatboxing mixed into much of the sneaking and battle music. "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Fear the Reaper" may sound like they use techno samples, but on closer examinations much of the music is just a human voice reinterpreted. There's even some classical choral work in "Dancing with DomZ" and "Sins of the Father" while a guttural chorus of alien voices brilliantly punctuates several battle tracks.

Héral also creates beautiful music for the more peaceful and contemplative sections of the game, with tracks such as "Home Sweet Home" and "Hyllian Suite" bursting with melody and a certain world music sensibility. The wistful piano in "Thoughtful Reflections" is especially affecting. The final track, "Redemption," ties all the various threads together, with moving instrumental performances and a wordless boy soprano (Héral's son Patrice) building to an explosive choral rendition of the main theme. Sound quality is generally excellent, with orchestral performances by the Orchestre de Création du Languedoc mixed with Héral's synths and vocalizations.

The game's commercial failure meant that no official album was released. Héral himself rectified this when he released an officially sanctioned suite of music from the game as a free digital download on his MySpace page. Héral's arrangement contains most of the important music from the game, but in many ways is hardly an ideal listening experience. In fact, it occasionally seems more like a fan-made game rip than an official release from the composer.

All of the tracks that accompany cinemas and cutscenes (except the finale, which has nothing but music in the game) are riddled with sound effects. This is especially disheartening in the opening movie, the first track of the album, and incredibly annoying when the cinema and its embedded sound effects are part of a suite with effects present in some places and absent in others. One would think that, as the composer, Heral would have had access to clean versions of his music, but sadly this is not the case. Most of the suites are well put together, but several have editing problems. The worst of these is "Dancing with DomZ," which features some of the best music on the album and is completely butchered by not one but two horrible, jarring transitions. Heral was obviously trying to combine multiple short tracks into a cohesive listening experience, but it's disappointing that it's done without panache in so many places.

Summary

The lack of a good album release is the one thing that keeps Beyond Good and Evil from a top rating. The music is incredibly creative, but there's no perfect way to hear it other than playing the game. Perhaps the highly anticipated sequel will ofer a more accomplished soundtrack.



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Album was composed by Christophe Heral / Patrice Héral and was released on November 11, 2003. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Nintendo.

Sounds like Ambient, Electronica, Hip-Hop, Instrument, Instrumental, Reggae, Region, Score - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
In the Beginning
02:27
2
Dancing With Domz
04:36
3
Home Sweet Home
02:51
4
Hyllian Suite
04:37
5
Mammago's Garage
02:37
6
Isle de Noir
04:25
7
Mineshaft Madness
02:47
8
Say Cheese, Fellas
9
Akuda House Propaganda
02:41
10
Ancient Chinese Secrets
03:00
11
Don't Fear The Reaper
06:38
12
Fear The Reaper
02:02
13
Fun and Mini-Games
01:54
14
Funky Bar 100
02:43
15
When Domz Attack
01:27
16
Slaughterhouse Scramble
02:14
17
Sneaky Jade Suite
03:14
18
Organic Beauty
01:55
19
Violent Jade Suite
05:23
20
Heart of Darkness
04:35
21
Metal Gear Domz
02:38
22
Something Completely Different
01:52
23
Behind Enemy Lines
03:23
24
Free Your Mind
01:20
25
Thoughtful Reflections
03:03
26
Enfants Disparus
02:34
27
Above and Beyond
05:44
28
Unacceptable Losses
02:08
29
In Hot Pursuit
01:16
30
Sins of the Father
03:50
31
Redemption
01:53
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