By MajorMitch 1 Comments
The World of Goo soundtrack is one of my personal favorites. The pinnacle track, Best of Times, is one of the soundtrack’s more dramatic songs. It swells back and forth between various highs and lows, making for a moving piece that’s as memorable as the game itself.
Best of Times opens up in subtle fashion, with quiet but clear piano beats. Vocal humming and/or chanting quickly comes in to give the song a fuller sound, and I find the chords they produce beautiful. Not long afterwards, a heavy, forceful drum beat kicks the song into gear. This is my favorite part of the entire song, as that single beat is a powerful transition that never fails to make my heart skip its own beat. Those drums continue to be the driving force for the remainder of the song, and in a way sound very primal. It reminds me of the natural way that the goo balls function. They rely entirely on themselves and nature (gravity, wind, etc.) to accomplish some pretty spectacular feats- no technology needed. They are incredibly capable and resourceful all by themselves, and in a way that’s also how you play the game. You have a very simple input method, as the interface is no more complicated than “point-and-click”. It’s a refreshing way to play a game that still manages to be complex and stimulating, and just goes to show how much you can do with so little. Best of Times is similar, as it’s able to get a lot of mileage out of simple methods, the aforementioned drums being one example.
Shortly after the drums come in, the song begins to swell dramatically. A lot of fantastic instrumentation and beautiful chords continue to ramp up in volume and intensity. As it nears a boiling point, the song quickly backs off to regroup before putting everything it has into one last hurrah. The ensuing segment brings some great vocal chanting to the forefront, and combines it with everything else the song has done thus far, dramatically building up to a fantastic fever pitch. This entire section of the song is incredibly exciting, and goes a long way towards representing the imaginative way that World of Goo operates on the whole. It’s wonderful and majestic in a way that really draws me in, exuding a level of genuine excitement that’s really great to see. Once it’s reached its apex the song finally cools off, reverting back to the somber style that it began with. In a way, this song is all about the ups and downs, as it constantly alternates between peaceful lows and breathtaking highs to great effect.
Best of Times, to my knowledge, never appears in the actual game. I only recall hearing it alongside one of the game’s trailers (as well as on the officially released soundtrack), and in that sense it is perhaps a better representation of the journey you take in World of Goo more than any specific moment of the game itself. Best of Times is a wonderfully dramatic and majestic song, and is one of my absolute favorites as a result.
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