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Soundtrack review: Assassin’s Creed Unity – volume 1 (Chris Tilton – 2014)

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The action music is generic, but not as boring as to make me count the minutes until the score is over

 

“Assassin’s Creed : Unity” is the latest installment in the hugely successful historical action video game franchise. From the scores, I liked best Brian Tyler’s effort for AC4. Now, we get two volumes of score, both rather long, so lots of music to enjoy. The first volume is written by Chris Tilton, whom I know and like since he composed the music for one of my favorite TV shows, Fringe.

There are some scores which I can’t connect with. Some of them I have a really hard time sitting through, because they become quite frustrating. Others are easier to listen to because I keep hoping for a hidden gem somewhere down the road. And there are some scores that are OK, a little above generic, with moments that make me listen without getting frustrated or feeling the need to skip cues. Usually I find myself at the end of them with an empty list of great cues, but without the sensation that I wasted my time for 70 minutes.

The first volume of “Assassin’s Creed : Unity” falls into this last category. The action music is generic, but not as boring as to make me count the minutes until the score is over. Each cue sounds exactly like the one before but, paradoxically, this makes the score pass faster, and when it’s over, I feel like I’ve only listened to two cues: the first one, “Unity”, which was very nice and is the only highlight of the score, and the second one, 28 times… This score was just background music for me, with just enough  heart to get me through all of it.

Cue rating: 61 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 4 / 77

Album excellence: 5%

 

Highlight:

Unity

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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