Posted 2003-09-06, evaluated by djpretzel
Neostorm got the groove. Not everybody has the groove - some have the beat (The Go-Go's come to mind), some have the chill, some have the funk (or in the case of Parliament, at least want the funk), and some have still other musical endowments. But since we're dealing with Neostorm's latest submission, our first coverage of Balrog (M.Bison to our Japanese friends, who played the version of SF2 with naming that wasn't afraid of potentially libeling ear-hungry boxing superstar Mike Tyson), we shall stick to the groove. In both of Neostorm's previous submissions, a strong swing-time dance groove, with jazzy soloing and clearly labored-over layered drums and infectious basslines, was the dominant flavor. That fine tradition continues here with "Sexy Trunks", which in itself is quite the mix title. However, were Balrog/M.Bison's trunks really sexy? I remember them as rather commonplace, and certainly their bearer wasn't much to write home about in the looks category. But nevermind that; Neostorm has made Balrog's trunks sexy, at least in a metaphorical sense, and for this we thank him. Introing right away with a cross-panned, modulated, effected low organ-type bassline that does a mean chromatic riff, along with a shake-your-head-in-embarassing-ways groovy drum bit, Neostorm eventually brings in the sax that functions as the lead proper for most of the piece. There's also a strong strings presence, which take over from the reed department towards the conclusion. Piano chords fill in the middle and fill out the mix. There's some very subtle synth arpeggio, also cross-panned like the bass, that comes in during the "chorus", adding extra motion. A nice touch on the drums includes a filtered hit of sorts that alternates in timbre - recognized that sound from a similar drumkit on my Motif, good stuff. There's quite a bit of DSP and modulation going on, as in the ReMixer's previous pieces, which adds more texture and motion to an already well-sequenced, groovalicious arrangement. This makes me appreciate Balrog's theme more than I had previously in its interpretation, and is very fluidly constructed, with nary a forced segue or iffy transition to be found. Sexy trunks indeed. Recommended.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
(, , )
- Additional Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Balrog (U.S.A.)"
- Piano, Synth
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- Size: 5,316,357 bytes
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