Our first ever Album of the Year award goes to David Wise’s stunning Tropical Freeze OST. Its varied set list, consistent quality and overall VGM-ness makes it the best video game soundtrack of the year. Discuss!
As you may have heard in the Year in Review episode, there was some stiff competition in 2014. Smash Bros was a formidable soundtrack destined to please just about all who hear it. Destiny has immense financial backing and a great pedigree working on the tunes. But at the end of the year, it was DKCTF that remained.
To me it represents the best of modern game music (great samples, great live instruments, ambient when appropriate), classic VGM values (super melodic and listenable, stuck-in-your-headiness) and works as a great example of how talented game composers need to be to fill out a massive soundtrack. Funk? Got it. Country? Here too. Metal? Hoo boy, you’re covered. Harmonizing chants? Somehow, yes! It’s all present and done exceedingly well. PLUS plenty of classic DKC jams get spiffy remixes, such as Aquatic Ambience, Stickerbrush Symphony and Fear Factory.
So yeah. An amazing piece of work and one I can’t recommend enough.
And FWIW we covered the SNES games back in episode 47. It’s a great way to catch up in case you haven’t listened to any of the OSTs ever / in a while, plus it’s just a great episode – we’re all on fire and have some great jabs at each other :3
Thanks for listening, and hopefully you enjoy this extra special episode!