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Soundtrack review: Assassin’s Creed Unity – volume 2 (Sarah Schachner -2014)

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Fresh from the lackluster experience I had with volume 1, I dove into “Assassin’s Creed: Unity – volume 2”. This second part was written by Sarah Schachner, a composer I hadn’t heard about until now.

The start is promising: “Rather death than slavery” is an enjoyable electronic based cue, with a female voice in the background and a nice buildup. This score has a different sound than the first. There we got generic action; this time the music tries to express some feelings. The cues are more melodic, less rushed and the violins on some of them are a nice touch. “Binding loyalties” has cello, a nice choir insert and a great feel to it. “Dark slayer” is the best cue from both volumes. The strings start giving this score a pirate sound which works sometimes and makes me enjoy this volume more than the first. Or, better said, I am enjoying this volume because of the classical music inserts, while I simply tolerated the first.

After this great start though (all the good stuff is in the first five tracks), the score moves into that area where it meets its sister. Even with the difference in sound and the slightly more exciting instrumentation, “Assassin’s Creed: Unity – volume 2” becomes repetitive and not very interesting from track 7 on. I kept hoping I could find more excellence, but I am left only with the memory of that great beginning.

Cue rating: 65 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 / 58

Album excellence: 20%

Highlights:

Rather Death Than Slavery

Binding Loyalties

Dark Slayer

Danton’s Sacrifice

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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