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Border Down Soundtracks Vol. 2

Welcome to the music review at RPG! Our goal is help people see the soundtracks they listen to in a better light as well as help the RPG music lovers out there know what to get and know what crap they should stay the hell away from before they're stuck listening to something so bad, they'll want to drive ice picks into their ears to relieve the pain.

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For the few familiar with “Yack.”, you already know that he has won his fans thanks to spectacular Shooter soundtracks like Metal Black and the first volume of Border Down. The first volume contained the full arcade soundtrack. Volume 2 contains the Dreamcast exclusive tracks, some which are slightly remixed tracks from the first Border Down soundtrack. While the CD only has 14 tracks and lasts about 50 minutes, you should know to expect only quality music from “Yack.”.

The most notable tracks are “Sheffield Shaffle (stage 3)”, “Prot #8 “Digital Trip” (boss C3)”, “Startlet” and “R.A.I.N”.

“Sheffield Shaffle” is just classy jazz, just like most would love. Drumwork, trumpets and a piano is what gets this track moving, it’s just a happy-go-lucky theme, which betrays its use as it sounds way too lighthearted for an area theme. There’s very little I can say about this track, but it’s really good “chilling” material. Fans of jazz will likely eat this up like flies on sugar.

“Prot #8 “Digital Trip”” is one heck of a surprise, starting off with an ominous melody backed by electronic samplings... Then a delicate piano makes its entrance followed by synth and more piano... This is supposed to be a boss theme? A bit too light as far as I’m concerned; but the novelty of this piece makes it stand out from the rest like a sore thumb.

“Starlet” is the absolute gem of this disc, starting off with a gentle flute, drums and maracas; Yack soon injects his own trademark “Feel Good” synth work, which is soon drowned by an eerie but beautiful melody, electronic samplings break out of the eerie melody, more drums and synth brings the piece to a new level... which now features a female chant of sorts, which it all ends with a sweet duet of bells and synths and strings. It’s definitely a track which makes the album worth buying.

“R.A.I.N.” is very special as it features a wonderful acoustic guitar and piano duet; it’s one of these really sweet, but short tracks. The guitar just gets the listener in a relaxing mood right away.

Yes, I’m aware this review is much shorter than what I’m used to write, but that’s pretty much all that needs to be said about this disc. Fans of Yack should definitely consider buying this disc, and any jazz lover is bound to find a track to love here. Since it’s been released in spring 2004... it’s really easy to get. Head over to CocoeBiz and do your ears a favor by buying this sweet, sweet disc. It’s that simple.