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The Last Of Us Soundtrack Review

Posted on Friday, June 28 @ 11:10:31 Eastern by Keri_Honea
I haven't played The Last of Us and nor do I plan to (I'm way too big of a baby and I hate stealth with the fire of a thousand suns), but that hasn't stopped me from checking out the game's soundtrack. It took one recommendation from another OST aficionado, and I'm happy to report that this soundtrack has been well worth the $9.99 (plus tax).

The Last of Us OST is not your typical soundtrack, much in the same way that the OST for Max Payne 3 was anything but typical. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the TLOU OST is the acoustic equivalent of MP3.  I'm not saying that TLOU is acoustic noise rock by any stretch of the means; rather, composer Gustavo Santaolalla's focus on the simple sounds of the acoustic guitar throughout each track is as unusual and as enticing as HEALTH's noise rock for MP3. You aren't sure why the music has drawn you in, as it sounds like nothing special at first, but you can't help but get attached to it. It's something you cannot explain without hearing it for yourself.


If you know anything about TLOU, you'll know that the music doesn't have the most uplifting tone, especially the tracks that feature the violin. "All Gone (No Escape)" might have the saddest violin I have ever heard. And yet, all of this brilliantly depicts how sad, how haunted, and how incredibly suspenseful the world of TLOU must be. I can only imagine that if you have played the game, hearing these tracks will stir an even stronger reaction.


There's still plenty of games left coming out this year, so my opinion could always change, but as of now, the TLOU soundtrack is my soundtrack of 2013. Even if you haven't played TLOU and/or don't plan on playing TLOU, I cannot recommend this OST enough. It's not your typical orchestral fanfare, string quartet, or techno dance party often found with video game OSTs, and it's still music that one can easily enjoy outside of the game. The latter point is often the hardest to find with OSTs, and it's one that defines what OST is worthy to purchase in addition to the game.


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