Double Dragon Neon Soundtrack, Jake Kaufman, 2012
Just like the game that it accompanies, Jake Kaufman‘s Double Dragon Neon soundtrack both embraces and pokes fun at the original Double Dragon and the decade that it spawned it. In other words: expect loads of unapologetically kitschy hair/pop metal anthems on this album that wants to be nothing but awesome and fun – and succeeds all the way through. From the smorgasbord of inspirational 80s synth fanfares and surging guitar heroics that is “Title Theme”, Double Dragon Neon is a tongue-in-cheek rush of testosterone that initially plays its 80s inspirations straight, to the hilt and to perfection. Only towards the end of the album does Kaufman turn to more obvious, but equally uproarious parody – boss fights are underscored with 1950s-inspired rockabilly, and battles in the final level swing along to lush 70s lounge jazz. And as if Kaufman hadn’t already proved his astounding versatility, in a strike of utter genius he adds twenty brief bonus tracks, each one written in the style of a different 80s mainstream music genre.
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