MediEvil: Resurrection Soundtrack, Paul Arnold / Andrew Barnabas, 2005
MediEvil: Resurrection manages to outdo even Paul Arnold and Andrew Barnabas’ earlier Primal. Simply put, this is some of the best orchestral Western game music ever created. MediEvil: Resurrection does for Gothic game scores what James Hannigan’s Harry Potter works did for fantasy game soundtracks: it doesn’t stretch the formula, but deploys it to perfection – MediEvil: Resurrection might sound a lot like The Nightmare Before Christmas, but even Danny Elfman would be lucky to write a score this good. MediEvil: Resurrection‘s sumptuous, gorgeous melodies are of the highest order, emerging organically from the head-spinningly dense orchestral tapestry. The composers’ astonishing feel for kaleidoscopic orchestrations and fluid development allows for dazzling, multilayered compositions that can be grandiose, haunting, moving, uplifting, seductive and whimsical within the space of a few minutes. Even more than on Primal, Arnold and Barnabas’ choral writing is second to none, perfectly balancing gravitas and lighter moments. Performed and recorded in exemplary fashion, the MediEvil: Resurrection soundtrack is a triumph.