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Soundtrack review: Skylanders: Superchargers (Lorne Balfe – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: Skylanders: Superchargers (Lorne Balfe – 2015)


“Skylanders: SuperChargers” is a role-playing platform video game in developed by Vicarious Visions (the first being Skylanders: Swap Force) and published by Activision. It’s the fifth installment in the Skylanders series and it introduces vehicles for the first time. Similar to its predecessors, Skylanders: SuperChargers is a “toy-to-life” video game in which players can place toy figurine on the “Portal of Power”, which will allow player to play as the figurine-represented character in-game. Lorne Balfe found time in his extraordinarily busy 2015 to return to this franchise.

The theme for “The SuperChagers” is quite epic. It takes itself very seriously and it could work for a live action film. Lorne doesn’t waste any time and plunges right into action with an electronic twist to maybe remind us we are in a game. I am already in a good mood after the choral work and inspirational vibe of this opening. Don’t let this beginning fool you because the fun rhythmic game score you were expecting if you heard the others scores in the series appears from the second cue. I am having so much fun hearing those voice laugh and the simple and amusing pulses that make me want to press some buttons.

“City under sea” sounds just light enough to allow me to enjoy the game play if I were to try out the game. Even the melodic jump in the middle only serves as another anchor for me into this world Lorne Balfe created. The great thing about funny and childish characters is that the composer can play and improvise and this is how we get a gem like “The afterparty” which is just the most infectious gypsy violin theme you could ask for.

Even is the score is short the music is quite varied. I can imagine Lorne enjoyed himself writing this one, complete with commercial jingles and even a country song like “Chompy Garden”. This score is so much fun; if feels like an amusement park with a lot of rides you could choose from without the fear that you might get bored. You want romantic? Try “Waterdrop way”. You want dramatic? We have bits of “Riftward Road”.

This score was as enjoyable and rewarding to as sitting on my baby daughter’s play mat and watching her randomly choose and throw toys. I am sure Lorne used some of his new dad experience when he wrote this score. Just try this gem out and you won’t regret it.

Cue rating: 87 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 27

Album excellence: 40%


The SuperChargers

The After Party

Chompy Garden

Waterdrop Way

Fraser’s TreeHouse

Rift Into Overdrive

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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