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Halo 4 Sountrack
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2012
I waited a long time for this soundtrack and finally it arrived today and I already listened to all the tracks. I really have to say this soundtrack is amazing. It is totally different to the former Halo soundtracks but when you listen to it, it feels like Halo. I hope you understand what I want to express ;) What I really like is that every song sounds different, so there is no feeling like they do a lot of resampling of some sound parts or stuff like that. Additional to the 15 songs on the disc you get a voucher with a password. So you can enter the homepage mentioned on the voucher and download 6 additional tracks! So in total you get 21 songs. I can't stop to say that the guys at 343 and Neil Davidge did a great job to create an epic soundtrack to an epic game!

Just one final statement:
The emotion of the soundtrack feels more serious than in the previous Halo soundtracks. The former soundtracks were more heroic because they accompanied an epic fight of a hero. As the guys from 343 already mentioned, Halo 4 is in the core not about the fight of a hero against an overwhelming enemy it is about to be a hero and if it is worth it? It is about John and his struggle with his destiny and the possible loss of cortana. The soundtrack reflects this feelings, so everyone who awaits a heroic battle song like "Covenant dance" maybe will be a bit disappointed, but I really have to say by having the message of Halo 4 in mind such a song wouldn't fit. So enjoy this great peace of game music and finally enjoy the game we all have waited for such a long time on November the 6th.
Please forgive me my not so perfect English, but I did my best as German ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2013
This is an outstanding collection of music and I would be giving it a five star rating but for the fact that many of the tracks from the game (particularly the most memorable) aren't on the disc.

Most notable are the title screen chant and the end credits tune that is a softer remix of the old Halo 3 title screen music. Sadly, although I enjoyed all the tracks from the game, these two are what I bought the soundtrack for so I was vastly disappointed when the disc finished playing and I was left wondering where they were.

There is also a code included to download four additional tracks and some remixed version of the disc's tracks over the internet, though why these couldn't have just been included on the disc is beyond me.

Perhaps in the future a special edition will be released with all these tracks prompting people who've been duped into buying this version to fork out more money.

Overall, this is a good soundtrack but a very disappointing purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
While at first I was afraid when I heard that O'Donnel wasn't going to take part into the Halo 4 soundtrack production I am happy to say: I was terribly wrong!

I have been listening to the soundtrack on soundcloud [...] and they are awesome.
I am really looking forward to see how they implemented them in the game but if you like listening to games/movies scores this is a must-pick.
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on 9 November 2012
No matter what people think of this soundtrack, it is not going to satisfy you if you come into it expecting it to be like one of Marty's soundtracks. The new composer, Neil Davidge, has a fresh take on what a Halo soundtrack could be like and I have to say, I love where he has taken this. Taking a step back from the clean orchestral sound of previous games, and moving to a more electric sound (it is still recorded with a full orchestra) really suits the new mysterious direction that Halo 4 has taken.

There are times where the music does feel like it is lacking inspiration, but tracks like 117, Solace and Green & Blue more than make up for it.

The album is 15 tracks long, and includes a voucher to download 6 more (very good sound quality) bonus tracks. All this for under £10 makes it very good value for money.

As a Halo fan, this was something that I couldn't pass up, and it certainly left me wondering what I'll be doing in the game when the tracks are playing.
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on 26 December 2012
Neil Davidge took on quite a challenge in becoming the composer for Halo 4 (and I hope for the remainder of the Reclaimer Trilogy), having such favoured shoes to fill. Generally I love his new approach to the score with a greater focus on synthetic music applied with organic orchestral compositions.

Despite my praise for Neil Davidge & Kazuma Jinnouchi's work, not a lot of the soundtrack in general I find as enjoyable to casually listen to as Marty O'Donnell's much more genre varied soundtracks for past Halo games such as Halo 2, Halo 3: ODST & Halo: Reach.

In summary, a fantastic score that tries newer things for the franchise, accomplishing some music that stands out favourably, and an album that provides the themes of the games more widely memorable moments with the rest of the score being featured in a Volume 2 release. And for that, I think it's fair to give it a full 5/5.
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on 24 December 2012
Composed in a slightly different style to the scores written by Martin O`Donnell, but it is Halo through and through. I actually found this score to be have a bigger impact on my feelings than any of the previous soundtracks, really drawing you in and making you part of the experience.
The individual tracks have a tendency to flow together in the same way that the game storyline does, recreating the atmosphere of the game itself.
This is a must buy for any Halo fan, pure genius in music.
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on 7 January 2015
Finishing my collection of the main Halo game soundtracks, this soundtrack is brilliant. Many people think that it's not "Halo enough", lacking the iconic "Gregorian Choir" sound... But really? When ya take it for what it is, it's a brilliant track. I first heard it when I was drawing a Master Chief picture and it pumped me up so much.

Packing and delivery time, the normal small tight and secure packaging to fit a CD, taking about 2-3 weeks to arrive which was fine.
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on 21 June 2014
Halo 4 as a game might be brilliant but one thing it lacks is a soundtrack that really stands out and sets the scene like the previous installments. While the H4 soundtrack might not be as good as the previous games score it isn't bad either, one track in particular, Arrival, has to be one of the most heroic and epic pieces of music I've ever heard.
All in all though, its decent not great which is a shame because previous Halo soundtracks have been great.
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on 26 November 2012
Since halo 4 is a bit diffrent than the Bungie Halos the music has that "diffrence" as well. The best music suited for Halo still is what O'Donnel contributed, so don't think you'll get that good ol' Halo feeling back. The new stuff from Neil isn't bad either. It comes rather flashy and electric but doesn't compete in the long run. In the end that's all how it feels to me anyway. I'm just missing the epicness here.
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on 25 October 2013
I really enjoyed this soundtrack, much more so than the game itself. The much more starkly electronic composition contrasts the more classical and orchestral nature of the previous Halo soundtracks, most notably Halo 3.

Sometimes the tracks can drag on a bit or feel a little samey in places, but overall it is a quality example of music composition and worthwhile purchase.
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