Beyond Two Souls Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Beyond Two Souls by Lorne Balfe.
At a glance:
44 minutes of score
Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.17
Album Excellence: 55%
Buy or stream? Buy
Beyond Two Souls, or The Ellen Page game as some would call it was recently released and the music with it. I’m not sure if you can buy the music outside of a special edition of the game, but it would be a shame if that’s the case because this is a score everyone should take the time to listen to. As soon as you listen to the opening cues ‘Jodie’s Suite’ and ‘Dawkin’s Suite’ you’ll understand why this release warrants more than just a casual listen. Those two cues are some of the best cues of the year in any genre and that’s saying something. ‘Jodie’s Suite’ has a choral beauty to it while ‘Dawkin’s Suite’ is just so gorgeous with it’s strong and emotional strings tagging you along. It’s hard not to be impressed.
Lorne Balfe has had a mediocre year by his standards even though there’s been plenty of scores released. This score is in my opinion is up there with his Assassin’s Creed Revelations score he did with Jesper Kyd as his greatest game score. Sure it’s not perfect, but you’ll get some amazing music here and it keeps on delivering each time I listen to it. The score I was given only has around 45 minutes of music, but I’m sure there is a lot more of you go looking and it might be worth it even though this score is really great as it is.
The score is heartwarming really, but not in a sappy way. It has truly heartbreaking moments like ‘Childhood Memories’ but it also has terrific action in cues like ‘Hunted’ and ‘The Infraworld’. Yes, this is a very good score that I hope gets greater distribution.
01. Jodie’s Suite
02. Dawkin’s Suite
07. Childhood Memories
08. Homeless Life
16. The Infraworld