Excessive Speed! The Music from Need for Speed II
Need for Speed II serves as the sequel to the game which started up this successful racing game franchise. The music from the game was released on this album (Excessive Speed! The Music from Need For Speed II), to which a large number of composers have contributed. Rock and electro fans will be pleased to hear that the album features both styles, and moreover, each is blessed with some stand out themes. With so many contributors and collaborations, the score to the game is both diverse and enjoyable, for reasons which I'll now go ahead and explain.
Saki Kaskas is one of the largest contributors to the album, having both solo tracks and collaborations with the game's other composers, namely Jeff van Dyck. In regards to his solo tracks, Saki Kaskas has two rock themes ("Siwash Rock" and "Feta Cheese") and one trance theme "Sanoqoua." While "Siwash Rock" is typically fast paced and explicit with its jutting guitar lines and slamming dreams, "Feta Cheese" is a bit more unique, and is just as tasty as it sounds. It takes upon a rock form, but it also adopts some less intrusive characteristics, touching upon a pseudo-flamenco style in places with an acoustic guitar. "Sanoqoua" seems a little boring in comparison, but nevertheless features a pulsating bass beat and infectious melody that all good trance themes should have.
Kaskas' collaborations with Jeff Dyck further reflect upon his expertise, with these themes being the strongest on the album. To point out just one of the four tracks they composed together, "Headless Horse" is my favourite. Though it starts off a little cheesy with its vocals, over its five minute course of playing we are presented with multiple sound effects and taken down lots of different (and intriguing) developmental channels. Out of all of the tracks on the album, "Headless Horse" is the one which is musically explored the most, the result of which is a very strong trance and rock fused ominous theme.
Jeff van Dyck's compositions very much relate to his collaborations with Kaskas, in that his themes are amazingly well developed as well. The funky vibe emanating from the impressive "Corroboree," the bizarre appearance of an organ in "Heinerklingle," and the fast paced melody in "Pavlova" are just some of the things which make his compositions special. In regard to these three themes, "Pavolva" is certainly my favourite. The trance style adopted by the track really helps it to blossom, with all of the energy focused on the sustained interjecting bass beat and the melodic highs of the speedy synth. Ideally it would have been nice to hear a few more tracks from both Dyck and Kaskas, with each producing some high quality themes.
Even so, Rom Di Prisco's trance tracks are a good contribution in the absence of further themes from Dyck and Kaskas. The main criticism comes from the fact that two of his three themes barely reach 40 seconds and are hence dramatically underdeveloped and could be so much more. Due to this, "Espirit" and "Mclaren" are two tracks which I suggest you skip over. Di Prisco's "Menu" theme is much more entertaining though, taking advantage of its four minutes of playing time to explore some nice and ambient trance avenues. In further disappointment though, the other contributions from Alistair Hunt, Crispin Hands, Jay Weinland, and Robert Ridihalgh are all hit-or-miss, with none of the themes standing out as being especially striking.
I'm impressed by this album's collection of musical styles, fusions, composer collaborations and the overall journey which it creates. In all, it is a good collection of tracks, and although there are a few weak themes here and there, it's got a high listening value. In terms of how it competes with the series' other soundtracks, it's certainly amongst the ones which I would suggest are worthy of adding to your collection.
02 Saki Kaskas
03 Romolo Di Prisco
04 Jeff Dyck
05 Alistair Hirst
06 Koko Productions
07 Crispin Hands
08 Jay Weinland
09 Romolo Di Prisco & Saki Kaskas
10 Alistair Hirst
11 Jeff Dyck
12 Koko Productions
13 Saki Kaskas & Jeff Dyck
14 Jeff Dyck & Saki Kaskas
15 Saki Kaskas & Koko Productions
16 Saki Kaskas
17 Robert Ridihalgh
18 Jeff Dyck & Saki Kaskas
19 Jeff Dyck
20 Romolo Di Prisco
21 Saki Kaskas
22 Romolo Di Prisco
Seems like that cd was made only for archive purposes.
Ушёл из жизни Saki Kaskas
Рецензия на оригинальную музыку к Need for Speed: Undercover
Интервью с Саки Каскасом, одним из создателей музыки к Need for Speed 1-5
Jeff Dyck & Saki Kaskas - Headless Horse
Saki Kaskas - Feta Cheese
Romolo Di Prisco - Esprit
Jeff Dyck - Corroboree
Alistair Hirst - Hell Bent For Lederhosen
Koko Productions - Ford GT90
Crispin Hands - Cerebral Plumbing
Jay Weinland - Sound Stage Strut
Romolo Di Prisco & Saki Kaskas - GTIv2
Alistair Hirst - K2
Jeff Dyck - Pavlova
Koko Productions - ItalCala
Saki Kaskas & Jeff Dyck - Fasolatha
Jeff Dyck & Saki Kaskas - Gore
Saki Kaskas & Koko Productions - Jag
Saki Kaskas - Sanoqoua
Robert Ridihalgh - Halling Ass
Jeff Dyck & Saki Kaskas - Nashat
Jeff Dyck - Heinerklingle
Romolo Di Prisco - McLaren
Saki Kaskas - Siwash Rock
Romolo Di Prisco - Menu