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The Crew by Joseph Trapanese (Review)

posted Nov 26, 2014, 8:08 AM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 1:10 PM ]

Ok, racing games usually have an electronic score that usually fails to distinguish itself in any meaningful way. Brian Tyler‘s Need For Speed: The Run finally went the direction I prefer: a proper orchestral action score. Joseph Trapanese‘s The Crew combines those two approaches and creates a fun but unmemorable experience.

The score heavily uses synthetic loops that can get annoying at times but mostly work as background music for a racing game. Tracks like “Heavy As A Feather“ are really fun to listen to but I have yet to actually memorize any of the music. There is even some form of a main theme that establishes some continuity throughout the album which I find to be a really nice way to connect the music. Among several underwhelming electronic tracks, there are some more gems to be found though. All three “Heist“ tracks are absolutely stunning, as they use the more traditional way of scoring and go full-out on intense action rather than a fun loop. Tracks like “Brutality“, “Downshift“ and “Outrun“ are some more amazing pieces.

So overall, Joseph Trapanese‘s The Crew is a score that will work perfectly for the game and for some listeners. While not everyone will be satisfied by the approach, the album does present some great parts for those who actually listen through its 74-minutes.

EDIT: While everything that has been said about the music is valid, having played the game I must add that the score works perfectly. It really makes you connect to the fast paced action of the game while still feeling like part of a longer journey. While I still cannot associate certain tracks with their titles, the music itself has a lot of great racing action that just stays in your head even after you stopped playing the game.
Unfortunateley, the open world gameplay of The Crew only features the ingame radio and no parts of this amazing score, so you'll only hear this during story missions but that's not the music's fault.