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banshiryuu
4 weeks ago#11
171st: Sonic & Knuckles - Mushroom Hill Zone Act 1
Composer: Tatsuyuki Maeda, Sachio Ogawa, Masanori Hikichi
Score: 29/100 (5.2), Sonic & Knuckles (12/12)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qhQBOAQDg

Why are these mushrooms farting at me. There's a few things I like about this song, the main thing being that the main melody is actually pretty good! And that's always a good thing to save you from "utter boring" tier, but there's... not much else to this song at all. The drums remind me of Knuckles' Theme from base Sonic 3 but without the punch, and the bass is... there. It exists. Just a very "okay" song. The worms ate through the mushroom and left a ton of holes in it.

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170th: Sonic Blast - Yellow Desert Zone
Composer: Kojiro Mikusa
Score: 31/100 (5.3), Sonic Blast (5/5)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D922gwrtfoc

Something that will become somewhat apparent as these rankings go on as far as the Master System and Game Gear stuff goes is that the noise channel on the SN76489 chip they use weighs heavily on how much I like the song. With only 3 squares to work with, it's the most dynamic instrument as far as variation of sound (not variation of composition) that they had to work with so if its underutilized, it leaves a lot to be desired most of the time. This is a good example; the melody is just kinda alright, but well over half the loop is this same melody part so it grows old fast. The one time this song shines through (the cool trill at 0:30) its gone in a flash. It's fine, but I wish there was a lot more to offer here.

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169th: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble - Tidal Plant Zone
Composer: Yayoi Wachi
Score: 35/100 (5.5), Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (7/7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BBzOirmLx4

Not sure how to actually feel about this one, or for that matter what to really say about it. The melody is radically more boring than the arpeggios going on in the background, so when they both move together for like four notes I get pretty hyped and then it's back to what it was before. A bunch of in-and-out with the quality and it's just not something I particularly think is worth thinking too much about.

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banshiryuu
4 weeks ago#12
168th: Sonic the Hedgehog - Labyrinth Zone
Composer: Masato Nakamura
Score: 37/100 (5.6), Sonic the Hedgehog (6/7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CErBJJX00M

A slightly more refined version of Mushroom Hill Zone's theme, but actually becomes more fleshed out at 0:21. Well, I guess "becomes more full sounding" is a better way to put it, cause what it adds in still is boring to me, and it's gone just after it comes in anyway. Another one for the pile of "could be much better if it were longer with more going on."

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167th: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Sky Chase Zone
Composer: Masato Nakamura
Score: 41/100 (5.8), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (12/14)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlMWQxSkAkw

Continues the trend of songs with not much meat on the bone at all, but the sound to this one is actually really pleasant to me! So that bumps it up quite a bit compared to the likes of Mushroom Hill 1 and Labyrinth. I could see times where this song might actually even be soothing to listen to, but normally I'd listen to it, think "oh right this one sounds kinda cool" and then stop thinking about it as soon as its gone. Could do a lot more to be more memorable, but it could be a lot worse too.

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Leonhart4
4 weeks ago#13
Sky Chase is pretty chill which is a nice change of pace from a lot of Sonic music
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banshiryuu
4 weeks ago#14
166th: Sonic & Knuckles - Mushroom Hill Zone Act 2
Composer: Tatsuyuki Maeda, Sachio Ogawa, Masanori Hikichi
Score: 43/100 (5.9), Sonic & Knuckles (11/12)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dio-I096_74

The mushrooms were given more shroom juice and now fart at me more angrily. Unlike some other songs that will come up later where the differences between Act 1 and Act 2 (or other versions in the case of originals/Mania Act 1s) are not enough for me to think about the songs as seperate entities that much, I think this Act 2 is significantly improved over the Act 1. All it takes is the busier percussion and small added flourishes here to make it much more fun to listen to. I still... don't particularly care for what the whole composition has to offer anyway... but I actually wouldn't mind listening to this version.

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165th: Sonic Chaos - Electric Egg Zone
Composer: Kojiro Mikusa, Masayuki Nagao
Score: 43/100 (5.9), Sonic Chaos (8/8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62z1fIXiNB0

This one starts off with this cool kinda jazzy vibe, but the melody quickly turns into something I don't really care about at all. The backing is just kinda there but when it returns to more of the flourish-y quips and stuff it's cool again. Especially 0:59 until the loop. Even the parts I do kinda like just repeat and make the song lose its flair pretty fast though, which is unfortunate.

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164th: Knuckles' Chaotix - Take A Nap (Introduction Zone)
Composer: Mariko Nanba
Score: 43/100 (5.9), Knuckles' Chaotix (8/8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOLs2diRUtQ

Cool little reggae-esque tune that does indeed fit a very small introduction area in a tropical setting. It's just that though; an introduction. It doesn't go anywhere or do anything, so its worth is just from being cool FM reggae. Yup.

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163rd: Sonic the Hedgehog - Spring Yard Zone
Composer: Masato Nakamura
Score: 44/100 (5.9), Sonic the Hedgehog (5/7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq40xcLyyjQ

Another short tune with a pretty cool, rather unique vibe. A number of problem set this back pretty far for me though unfortunately... the first half has that really annoying droning held synth that is way, way too loud, and the back half is just kinda boring. The cool sounds are brought down a bit too much by being assigned to a composition I don't care for.
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Leonhart4
4 weeks ago#15
Spring Yard is great
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banshiryuu
4 weeks ago#16
Spring Yard's definitely the lowest one in the list where I thought "wow I can tell this is going to be one most people like" and then it ended up way lower than I thought it would after the list expanded from just 1/2/3...

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McMoogle
4 weeks ago#17
I'm digging this all a lot so far. Christ 90's Sonic was great
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XIII_rocks
4 weeks ago#18
This is good stuff

Shame you aren't ranking 3d blast (though I totally get why not) - imo it has some of the best music
Not to be confused with XIII_Stones.

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banshiryuu
4 weeks ago#19
I definitely intend on getting to listening to both 3D Blasts sometime soon - I've sampled both versions a little bit and they both already have some real standouts! Sonic R is the one and only Sonic soundtracks I was already familiar with so I definitely trust that Richard Jacques put some hot tunes in the Saturn one, and the Genesis Rusty Ruin Act 2 actually blew me away when I listened to it just a few days ago. I would've loved to add it but in the interest of keeping this as much a "fun little project" as possible I decided not to. Who knows though, if this goes well I could always keep it going with more of the series!

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Grand Kirby
4 weeks ago#20
I'm kind of interested to see how Knuckles Chaotix ends up doing. It has such a forgettable soundtrack overall, but some of the songs are the best in the Sonic series.
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