BioShock 2 Soundtrack, Garry Schyman, 2010
After Garry Schyman had discovered a wholly original and hugely successful formula for BioShock, it’s no surprise that his score for BioShock 2 – once again set in undersea colony Rapture – would refine rather than innovate once more. But while BioShock 2 only makes incremental changes to its predecessor’s hugely effective musical approach, it achieves the perfect balance between maintaining the franchise’s haunted, mysterious sound world, while adding enough new elements to make it more than a simple rehash. BioShock‘s opposing forces – deeply moving string solo melodies and ferocious orchestral dissonances – start to mingle on BioShock 2 and explore a wider variety of emotional states than their previously strict juxtaposition allowed. Schyman helps this process by adding new elements to the mix, including flute, piano, saxophone and female solo vocals, all of them benefiting from Schyman’s once more excellent melodic writing and turning Rapture into an equally fascinating and menacing location. Still spellbindingly ambiguous in its expression, the BioShock 2 soundtrack carefully expands upon its predecessor’s ground breaking ideas.
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