Command &Conquer: Renegade Soundtrack, Frank Klepacki, 2002
In search of fresh ideas, developer Westwood took its Command & Conquer franchise into first-person shooter territory, hoping fans would follow. The resulting game was good, but didn’t stand out enough against its high-profile genre competitors. Renegade‘s relative obscurity didn’t help the popularity of its soundtrack, but while this indeed isn’t Frank Klepacki’s best Command & Conquer score – that would be Red Alert 2 – the Command & Conquer: Renegade soundtrack nimbly delivers within the boundaries it sets itself. Not surprising given the game’s genre, Renegade is aggressive rather than sprawling and eclectic. The compositions are shorter and snappier, the mix of hard-hitting electronic beats and gritty guitars satisfyingly punchy. Despite its narrower focus, Renegade is far from monotonous. Klepacki’s songwriting skills are once more on full display here, and there are enough tension builders and genre experiments like the twisted 70s homage “Move It” to let the album flow comfortably. Little did we know this would be the last great Command & Conquer soundtrack.
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