NO MORE HEROES 2 DESPERATE STRUGGLE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS

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NO MORE HEROES 2 DESPERATE STRUGGLE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS
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Composed by Akira Yamaoka / Jun Fukuda / Kazuhiro Goto / Keiichi Sugiyama / KIYO-SICK / MARU / Masafumi Takada / Masahiko Hagio / Masatomo Komakine / Ryo Watanabe / Taku Yoshioka / Tomohiro Shirai / Yusuke Komori
Arranged by Jun Fukuda / MARU / MISSILE CHEWBACCA / Norihiko Hibino
Published by grasshopper manufacture inc.
Catalog number GHMR-0010
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 3 CD
Release date November 16, 2010
Duration 03:18:59
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Overview

During 2009 and 2010, there was quite a bit of shuffling between the leading mainstream game composers in Japan. No More Heroes' Masafumi Takada left Grasshopper Manufacture to pursue developments with Shinji Mikami and was eventually replaced by a Konami departee, Silent Hill's Akira Yamaoka. During the interim, the soundtrack for No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was produced, largely in the absence of either major name. Instead the remaining sound team of Grasshopper Manufacture collaborated with a range of guest musicians to produce a score jam-packed with artist-produced music in various alternative styles. The soundtrack successfully builds on the thematic and stylistic foundations of No More Heroes' score while taking an even more cutting-edge approach. Now that the game has been at last released in Japan, Grasshopper Manufacture have released the game's three disc soundtrack both domestically and overseas for listeners to behold on a stand-alone level.

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Guest artists The Riot -Teens of Anger- help to define the score with No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle with several particularly effective opening and ending themes. After an ambient scene-setting introduction, "Sonic Smooth" captures Travis' sense of vengeance with its slow brooding electric guitar passages; it's among the more understated tracks on the soundtrack, but reflects both the emotions and scenery of the opening perfectly. Subsequently "Sling Shot" unleashes action with a blend of adventurous surf-style rock and more malicious sections, setting precedent for a range of excellent action themes. As the credits roll, "No More No" inspires a bittersweet reminisce with its duetting Japanese vocals and wailing electric guitars, before "Do you want more!" offers a more anthemic jam to round off the experience. These tracks set the precedent for many other stylish and emotional performances from internal and guest artists alike...

Once again, Masafumi Takada's incredibly catchy and quirky main theme is featured in the No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle soundtrack. Whereas the arrangements of the theme were often too numerous and repetitive on the original game soundtrack, the arrangements here are all novel and fascinating. The most notable are actually directly sourced from the arranged album No More Heroes Soundtracks Dark Side, namely The Outer Rim's hard jazz improvisation, Yoshioka Taku Squad's acid jazz vocalisation, and The Riot's aggressive rock performance. This will make the arranged album somewhat redundant — to the detriment of those who already own it — yet their appearances are still welcome for two reasons. For one, these tracks are wonderfully integrated into the game for special battles despite their original purpose. What's more, each one is fantastically arranged and performed — proving to be unparalleled within the field of game music and pioneering even outside it.

The diversity of the soundtrack is increased by a range of original contributions by guest artists. For example, Taku Yoshioka's collaboration with J-Rapper IGARASHI ensures a colourful if abstract depiction of Nathan Copeland; while it won't appeal to all, its impressive how this track manages to sound compelling without taking itself too seriously. Among the techno-based contributions, Hondalady make a big impact both in and out of context with the electrifying battle theme "Sub crazy" and the more experimental vocal-dominated "Philistine". Neutrino also produce a colourful assortment of rock-influenced battle music, including the trio of themes to represent Jesper Batt Jr. at the climax; "Travesty" is especially persuasive with its hard-edged rhythm guitar riffs, capturing Travis at his most vengeful while retaining a sense of fun and coolness. Among the electronic artists featured, Hondalady Other delightful contributions include Convex Rebel's "With You, Without You" with its infectious Jackson-influenced rhythm guitar riffs and Keiichi Sugiyama's "The Upside" with its warm expansive synthpads.

The contributions by the remaining Grasshopper Manufacture sound team are comparatively modest in both concept and length, having more in common with game music than artist records. Tracks such as "Cheep Whiskey" or "Pi Pa Po" all feature contemporary stylings like the contributions by guest artists; however, they don't develop as expansively or ambitiously, given they were composed with the loop in mind. They're great, just not breathtaking. Such understated tracks are still essential for bonding the game's scenes and soundtrack's pieces together, just like similar tracks on No More Heroes. Nevertheless, internally composed tracks such as the surreal piano-based "Sleepy House Over Yonder", bizarre beat-heavy "Sound's Asylum", and distorted Prodigy-inspired "Happy War More" all make a giant impact in the particular contexts they are used. Probably the most notable contributions, however, are latecomer Akira Yamaoka's themes for Matt Helms and Alice Twilight. The blend of guitar riffs and electronic beats featured in both tracks is characteristic of an experienced artist with a refined individualistic style.

The third disc of the score is almost entirely dedicated to the various jingles and short pieces composed for subsidiary tracks. Even in these tracks, Jun Fukuda shows enormous attention to detail and carefully maintains the 'cool yet alternative' image of the rest of the production. The majority of these tracks were actually produced entirely with chiptunes and mix influences from classic game music with those of contemporary chip artists. There are too many short tracks to be enjoyed en masse, but there are a number of individual stand-alone highlights nonetheless. Particularly enjoyable are "Metro Syndrome" with its nostalgic classically-tinged melodies, "Coconut Addiction" with its compelling funky rhythms, and "Malditos Insectos" with its bold authentic synthesis. However, Fukuda saves his magnum opus for "PURE-WHITE TINY GLASTONBURY", an elating blend of hyperactive chiptunes and vocals that previously from the Dark Side album. Overall, this disc is basically a bonus but features a few goodies nevertheless.

Summary

Overall, the soundtrack for No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle exceeds the already accomplished original in every way. Aside the bonus disc, essentially every track in the main soundtrack is effective in context and fulfilling on a number of levels outside it. Masafumi Takada's absence is certainly conspicuous, as the soundtrack doesn't come together quite as cohesively as No More Heroes. Yet the guest artists hired in his place all bring plenty of style, attitude, and charisma to the soundtrack, ensuring the individual pieces are fantastic listens, and the internal sound team also put considerable effort into unifying the experience. The overall soundtrack certainly features most cutting-edge artist-produced music in any game and the overall effect is mind-blowing. Available at a good price through Grasshopper Manufacture's Facebook store in the West, this soundtrack is worth a place in the collections of those looking for alternative yet accessible music.



Album
9/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

Guest Artists
THE RIOT -怒りの十代- (1.01, 02, 2.10, 21, 22)
FIBER JELLY (1.04, 10, 11)
NEUTRINO (1.05, 12, 19, 2.04, 14, 15, 17-20)
Taku Yoshioka (1.06, 07, 2.02, 03)
CONVEX REBEL (1.09, 2.05)
The Outer Rim (1.14)
MACHINE HEAD (1.15, 2.16)
HONDALADY (1.16, 2.06, 11, 13)
Missile Chewbuck (R) (2.18, 19)

Guest Vocals
FUKUJU, Thomas Richardson (1.06)
IGARASHI (1.07)
Kazutoshi Iida (2.10)
Nadia Gifford (2.11)
Rui Sato, Kokoro (2.21)
Rina Hidaka, Yuna Inamura, Hitomi Yoshida, Satomi Hanamura, Erina Nakayama (3.01, 64)

Composers
Masatomo "VARI" Komakine (1.01, 02, 22, 2.10, 21, 22)
Jun Fukuda (1.03, 08, 13, 20, 2.01, 06, 08, 09, 3.01-63, 65-79)
FIBER JELLY (1.04, 10, 11)
Kazuhiro Goto (1.05, 12, 19, 2.14, 18, 19)
Taku Yoshioka (1.06, 07, 2.02, 03)
Ryo Watanabe (1.09, 2.05)
Masafumi Takada (1.14)
MACHINE HEAD (1.15, 2.16)
MARU (1.16, 2.11, 13)
Yusuke Komori (1.17, 18)
Masahiko Hagio (1.21, 2.07, 12)
Tomohiro Shirai (2.04, 15, 17, 20)
KIYO-SICK (2.10)

Lyrics
Thomas Richardson (1.06)
IGARASHI (1.07)
Kazutoshi Iida (2.10, 21)
Nobuhiko Sagara, Brian Gray (2.11)
Jun Fukuda (3.66)

Music Arrangements
Jun Fukuda (1.12, 2.11)
Norihiko Hibino (1.14)
MARU (2.06, 3.01)
Missile Chewbuck (R) (2.18, 19)

Producer
Goichi Suda

Director
Akira Yamaoka

GhM Sound Staff
Masahiko Hagio, Jun Fukuda, Yusuke Komori

Autographed copies by Akira Yamaoka were pre-released at the venue of HOPPER'S 4 (Oct 21st).

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Album was composed by Akira Yamaoka / Jun Fukuda / Kazuhiro Goto / Keiichi Sugiyama / KIYO-SICK / MARU / Masafumi Takada / Masahiko Hagio / Masatomo Komakine / Ryo Watanabe / Taku Yoshioka / Tomohiro Shirai / Yusuke Komori and was released on November 16, 2010. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than 3 hours. Album was released by grasshopper manufacture inc..

CD 1

1
Sonic Smooth
01:40
2
Sling Shot
03:13
3
Charging Katana
02:34
4
Bates
03:02
5
Surf Santa Destroy
02:42
6
It's kill or be killed mix
05:19
7
Nathan is Our Boss
04:03
8
Necessary!
00:45
9
Death Parade March
02:02
10
The Upside
04:43
11
Burning Daylight
01:41
12
Dose of Innocence
02:58
13
Masked de Shopping
02:42
14
N.M.H The Outer Rim Remix
05:38
15
Subuta.2
05:05
16
Sub Crazy
02:32
17
Sound's Asylum
01:58
18
Cheap Whiskey
02:01
19
Deep Sub
02:01
20
Tiger Style
01:34
21
Happy War More
04:37
22
Level Up Man
01:26

CD 2

1
Sleepy House over Yonder
02:26
2
Ms. Teller
02:54
3
Money Shot
02:10
4
Kill U 2wise Over
02:50
5
With You, Without You
02:54
6
We Are Finally Cowboys [Golden Brown Mix]
05:01
7
Play with Me, Dance with Me
02:18
8
Go Go Muscle
00:33
9
Energy Loop
00:34
10
No More Riot
06:14
11
Philistine
04:24
12
Pi Pa Po
03:02
13
Shoegazer Watched the Stars
03:59
14
Sub Smash
02:08
15
Tooth Paste
02:24
16
Subuta.1
03:14
17
Debt Free
03:08
18
Feet on the Air
02:42
19
Titanium Batt
01:44
20
Travesty
03:16
21
No More No
05:50
22
Do you want more!
04:24

CD 3

1
Pure White Lover
01:02
2
Logotipo de Insectos
00:04
3
Los Insectos Danosos
01:45
4
Insectos a Cabo Game Start
00:04
5
Muchos Insectos Danosos
00:04
6
Reptiles Insectos
01:41
7
Insectos Aplasados
00:06
8
Salto de Insectos
02:13
9
Insectos a Cabo 1
01:01
10
Al Acecho de Insectos
01:30
11
Insectos a Cabo Envenenar
00:52
12
Malditos Insectos
02:34
13
Insectos a Cabo Todo Claro
00:08
14
Insectos a Cabo Game Over
00:07
15
TT Pipe Logo
00:04
16
We Lay Pipe
01:38
17
Pipe On
00:04
18
TT Pipe Inc.
00:04
19
Layin' Pipe
01:58
20
Pipe Laid!
00:08
21
Layin' Mo Pipe
02:03
22
Broken Pipes
00:07
23
CoCo
00:04
24
NuNuts
00:51
25
Coconut Collection
00:04
26
CoCoNuts!
00:04
27
Coconut Love
02:12
28
Coconut Juice
00:07
29
Coconut Addiction
04:03
30
Coconut Husk
00:09
31
Pizza Deli Logo
00:04
32
Delivery Boy
01:20
33
Pizza Deli Let's Go!
00:04
34
Pizza Deli Biz.
00:04
35
Pizza Deli Overtime
01:27
36
Pizza Deli Delivered
00:06
37
Pizza Deli OutRun
02:00
38
Pizza Deli Rollin'
00:09
39
Pizza Deli Closed
00:06
40
Beef Rap
00:04
41
Steak n' Cheese
01:43
42
Rare
00:04
43
Fiiiirrrreeee!!!!
00:04
44
Cooking
02:38
45
Well Done
00:07
46
Burned
00:08
47
Tile Title
00:04
48
Lost in Puzzlilation
01:05
49
The First Block
00:04
50
Puzzle 55
00:04
51
Dr. Touchdown
01:36
52
All Clear!
00:05
53
Touchdown-tris
01:27
54
Be Travis'd
02:32
55
Surface Tension
00:22
56
To the Brim
00:06
57
Metro Billboard
00:04
58
Metro Bento
02:13
59
Metro Go!
00:04
60
Metro Marquee
00:04
61
Metro Syndrome
02:03
62
Metro Station Destroy
02:04
63
Metro Miss
00:07
64
Welcome to the Carnival
00:04
65
Carnival Select
01:59
66
Pure-White Giant Tiny Glastonbury
05:38
67
Carnival Continue
00:17
68
Welcome to the Stage of Carnival History
00:47
69
Carnival's Over
00:09
70
Ota Dance
01:40
71
Ota Dance Part 2
00:13
72
Hurry Home
04:12
73
Gros Chat Terminus Leur Formation
00:04
74
Mini Gros Chat
00:04
75
Gros Chat Grand
00:04
76
Max Gros Chat
00:08
77
Raise
00:04
78
Job Get!
00:04
79
Sub Time
00:04
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