Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Soundtrack, Frank Klepacki / Jarrid Mendelson, 1999
Among Frank Klepacki’s Command & Conquer scores, Tiberian Sun has always been the black sheep. After the roaring Red Alert, listeners must have been expecting anything but what they got with the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun soundtrack – a work that developer Westwood demanded be “very dark, moody, and not upbeat at all”, according to Klepacki. But think back to Command & Conquer‘s psychedelic, subdued mid-section, and you’ll find that Tiberian Sun is simply an exploration of that atmosphere. It’s true that Tiberian Sun is the franchise’s most ambient, downbeat and mysterious score, mainly consisting of electronica that’s been bleached and parched in the unforgiving heat. What counts though is that the music, despite its gloomy and relatively minimalist nature, is hypnotic rather than repetitive, as it conjures potent images of the post-apocalypse. No less filled with creative ideas than other early Command & Conquer albums, Tiberian Sun continues the franchise’s proud tradition of musical innovation.
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