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Soundtrack review: Forza Motorsport 7 (Kaveh Cohen & Michael Nielsen – 2017)

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Soundtrack review: Forza Motorsport 7 (Kaveh Cohen & Michael Nielsen – 2017)



“Forza Motorsport 7” is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, serving as the tenth installment in the Forza series. Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing video game featuring over 700 cars—including new Forza Edition cars, most of which have been brought over from Forza Horizon 3—and more than 200 different configurations to race on across 32 locations at launch, including all from Forza Motorsport 6; a fictional street circuit in Dubai is one of the new circuits and several tracks returning from Forza Motorsport 4 including Maple Valley Raceway, Mugello Circuit and Suzuka Circuit. Two features that are new to the Motorsport title include dynamic weather (previously seen in Horizon titles) and customisable drivers. Kaveh Cohen & Michael Nielsen wrote the score.

I’ve hard past Forza Motorsport scores and just loved them so I am excited about this one as well. Three further scores were already announced so we are safe. Naturally I go into this score expecting electronics and the epic full throttle sound that worked so well in the previous instalment. If I had brought popcorn they would be left hanging from my mouth as the composers pull a fast one (pun intended) and twist the sound towards something completely different. The expression of disbelief as the sounds come into my ear turns into a huge grin because, guess what: as good as FM6 was, this new sound is even better and has me bobbing my head and grooving and simulating guitar riffs and all the other childhood gestures I’ve been doing for the past 30 years of listening to rock. Because my friends, yes, the score for “Forza Motorsport 7” is the most delightfully flashy and infectiously positive rock score I’ve heard in a long, long time. Gone is the tonal variation of part 6, from quiet emotional to loud and pulsating; this album is simply spectacular, this is all I’ve ever wanted from scores for “Fast and furious” and other similar franchises: no bells and whistles, all thriller and no filler.

Kaveh Cohen and Michael Nielsen took all the sparkle and excitement of racing, the exhilarating adrenaline rush of pumping brakes and switching gears and put them into music. There’s no other way to describe it. And they didn’t just write a generic rock score for the sake of it; oh no. This guys wrote the music and took it to the best guys in the business to bring the electrifying balls to the walls alternative rock sound, echoing all the way back to the 70th funk, to this score. This is probably the best surprise I’ve head listening to a score all year long; I looked over the names of the artists who actually play, mix and edit this score and they have worked with literally names of legend, from Radiohead to Queens of the Stone Age to freaking Queen, Pink Floyd and Prince and with, remember the name of this band because a lot of the cues reminded me of their sound, The Dandy Warhols.

If you are into rock, not metal but the kind that leaves you in need to change your clothes after a single song because you sweated beyond belief from grooving, jumping, if you like electric guitar, if you are jonesing for Hendrix style awesomeness or if you simply don’t believe that the cool vibe and blistering excitement of car racing can be transcribed into music, just grab this album. You will not need anything else in your car for months. But believe me when I tell you that you will end up doing rounds around your block even if you have a parking space because it’s almost 2 hours long and I guarantee you will not be able to stop it. I know I wasn’t. Thank you Kaveh and Michael for writing one of the most fun game scores I have heard in ages. The music is pure joy and delight and there is just one word to describe it, if you don’t have the time to read the other 700 where I have geeked out: AWESOMEEEEE!!!!!!

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 117 / 117

Album excellence: 100%

Big Bang
Slippery Sucker
Blown Open
Good Ol Boots
Sucker Punch
Hanky Pank
Punch Your Ticket
Lock It Up
Chip Away
Black Coffee
Roll Cage
Dirty Clips
Brake Fade
Gopher Tracks
Garage Monkeys
Man and Machine
On the Head
Road Giblets
Drop Top
Swing Left
White Knuckles
Head Honcho
Dirty Driver

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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  1. Jaro M. 23rd December 2017

    Just read this. Looks like excellent music. So found the score on Tidal, playing it, and it’s AWESOME! Excellent!
    Thanks for this review.


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