Several years ago Capcom
flabbergasted the video game world with the excellent Resident
Evil (Biohazard in Japan) series. The soundtracks for each game
have had equal receptions. The score for Resident Evil 3 is very
similar to Resident Evil 2 (pulse-pounding, scary and mysterious),
but this time around main composer Masami Ueda and collaborator
Saori Maeda bring the music to a new level of excellence.
Stand out selections
from disc one include excerpts from the prologue section. Contrasts
abound, as in the gradual building of tension in "Her Determination,"
to the militant march of "The Opening" and "The Nightmare Begins."
The Uptown section begins
with more focus on subtle ambience. "Free from Fear" is quiet
yet unsettling, while "The City of Ruin" leaves the aural haze
of melancholy and dread.
The Downtown section contains
the anxiety-feeding "Watch Your Back," and the suspenseful "Valediction"
and "Cold Hearted Soldier." "Complete Rest" is another piece that
straddles the extremes of soothing and unsettling.
Disc two: The namesake
of this section, "The Clock Tower", is slow and scary. "From Relief
to Terror" brilliantly sets up the two best uses of the electro-chirping
"Nemesis" theme; "Menacing Nemesis" and "Unstoppable Nemesis"
both successfully induce delicious dread.
The Hospital and Park
sections are a little on the light side, but "Nothing But a Pawn"
is rather minimalist.
Most of the music in the
Disuser section sounds similar to other sections, utilizing previous
motifs with new military action cues, all of which are very effective.
"The Last Decision" really gets your blood pumping, as well as
the helicopter endings, which stand out significantly.
The Epilogue section wraps
everything up in a melancholy style, with a twist of Terminator
thrown in for good measure. The end credits are an acceptable
jazzy pop tune, although nothing special.
Building on menacing motifs
and militant rhythms, the Mercenary segment renews previous musical
styles. Two bonus tracks round out the opus, but are regrettably
Overall, this 2 disc set
really only suffers from two liabilities:
A. The US release could
have cut out some of the more ambient selections that don't really
contribute to the score;
B. Although the Nemesis
theme works, it's effect is a bit cheesy, due to heavy reliance
on clichÈd electronic injections within the orchestration.
Through it's unfaltering
expressiveness and technical strength, this compelling score for
RE3 has earned itself the distinction as the best of the original
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