Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Soundtrack, Jared Emerson-Johnson, 2007
After the stunning Sam & Max Save the World, its successor Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space doesn’t make any changes to the formula – instead, it ups the ante even further. Sam & Max Save the World took a little while to introduce its remarkable genre mixes, but the Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space soundtrack loses no time in combining jazz with entirely unexpected musical influences. If anything, Beyond Time and Space is even keener than its predecessor to race through a dizzying number of playful music hybrids. It’s a stunning list: jazz incorporated into menacingly brooding Christmas music, deliciously melodramatic Gothic bombast, fist-pumping Saturday morning cartoon metal, surf rock, Mariachi parodies, polyrhythmic tribal jams, a fugue that incorporates the dies irae motif… And never does the quality of these singularly creative compositions lag. An outstandingly assured work that shows Jared Emerson-Johnson at the absolute top of his game, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space even edges out Sam & Max Save the World on the strength of its superior album flow.
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