Masato Nakamura, Jun Senoue, Richard Jacques, Tomoya Ohtani, Naofumi Hayata, Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Toki. These people are music writing geniuses, responsible for giving Sonic the Hedgehog and company some of the most soothing, rocking, head bopping music. Recently, another name was added to the ranks of Sonic music legends: Tee Lopes. The music he wrote for Sonic Mania has more than earned him a spot along side the Sonic music writing greats. Falk, Andy Tunstall, KgZ and Funk Fiction may not have had official gigs for writing Sonic music, but after hearing their work on Sonic Before the Sequel, I think SEGA would be wise to hire all of them or keep them in mind for future Sonic projects.
Sonic Before the Sequel is a fan game that released in 2011, playing very much like the Genesis 2D Sonic titles. While there are a plethora of Sonic fan games and ROM hacks out there, Before the Sequel easily rates among one of the best. However, I'm not here to talk about the game. No, I'm here to discuss the game's soundtrack, which is easily on par with official Sonic game soundtracks.
Before the Sequel may play like the Genesis Sonic games, but the music takes inspiration from both the classic and modern era of Sonic games. The result is a soundtrack that listens like a wonderful merging of both Sonic's musical worlds. There's a lot of funk on this soundtrack and it is super catchy. You'd think some of these tracks were written by Jun Senoue as some of the more guitar heavy tracks sound like they came from the Dreamcase games and beyond. Some tracks contain arrangements from official Sonic songs like You Can Do Anything and Hidden Palace and Sweet Mountain from Sonic CD, Sonic 2 and Sonic Colors respectively.
Being a fan game, the Sonic Before the Sequel '12 Original Sound Track is, like the game itself, a free download. I've been jamming out to this baby for over a week now and if you're one of the five Sonic fans that hasn't heard this soundtrack, you really should. Or even if you aren't a Sonic fan and just want some good tunes to listen to, this score comes highly recommended. Yes, I am super late to the party giving this soundtrack a write up. But hey, people are giving five and ten year old games reviews, so it should never be too late to gush over a splendid Sonic fan soundtrack. If you're still on the fence about giving this excellent soundtrack a download, I've embedded the entire soundtrack via YouTube below, but I'm certain that after a track or two, you'll want this (unless you're some kinda weirdo). Below that is a link to the soundtrack as well as the game.
Sonic Before the Sequel Game and Soundtrack Download