Has it already been a year since we stepped into the Animus-powered genetic memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and by extension, had our ears filled with the amazing sounds created by Jesper Kyd for Assassin’s Creed II? Indeed it has, but, both Ezio and his resident melodist Jesper Kyd are back in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Following in the footsteps of the previous AC games, Ubisoft has released a soundtrack album for Brotherhood and The Feed has some sounds for your ears to feast upon, just inside.
First of all, kudos to Ubisoft for releasing the OST for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood day and date with the game. Apart from including a soundtrack album in a deluxe version of a video game, this is by far the best way to get game music aficionados’ attention. With his third foray into the realm of Assassin’s Creed, Jesper Kyd shows no signs of letting up in his composition of top notch music for the game. In fact, after tracking through this latest set of music, it is apparent that Jesper’s name is now inextricably linked to the Assassin’s Creed series, and it would be hard to imagine playing a future iteration without hearing his creativity shining through. The album’s opening piece, “Master Assassin” is a prime example of this.
As he has done previously in the AC series, Jesper Kyd embraces the music of the historical period depicted in the game in wonderful fashion. The slowly building drama of “City of Rome” is accentuated perfectly through his use of choir voices and acoustic guitar lines.
In The Feed’s coverage of video game music, I’ve often pointed out titles that work well for listeners to play in the background for either inspirational study sessions or to add a bit of adventure to an otherwise cubitarian office environment, both of which generally mean playing the music at lower volumes. While Jesper Kyd’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood soundtrack could also fill these categories, I would also suggest that listeners take in the full experience of Jesper’s creations and PLAY IT LOUD. I did this during one of my numerous spins through the album and the effect is exhilarating. Try doing so with “Borgia Occupation” to feel its driving rhythm section propelling the intensity ever upward as the track progresses.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed who do not already have this album should be dropping what they are doing (after finishing this read and commenting below, of course) and add it to their libraries. The passionate composition combined with the turn-it-up-to-11-factor, make the album a must listen even for those who aren’t playing this 4 out of 5 game. Really the only negative thing which could be said here (and it is hardly a negative at all) is that the soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is only available as a digital download from Amazon and iTunes. So for fans of the physical medium, you will have to just imagine that your iPod is a portable Animus device, transporting you into Ezio’s world.