P-Vock's Music Box: New Frontiers
Hello and welcome back to P-Vock's Music Box. I got a doozy for you.
A couple times now, I have discussed Sonic. Recently, we had Sonic Frontiers unleashed unto us. While it has some issues, I adore it to no end. As a longtime fan, this game means a lot to me. It both calls back to the tone and mood people love from the 90s and 2000s, while also pushing the series to new ideas.
I think that's the most emblematic in its soundtrack. It is varied, unique, and has so many damn bops.
Let's take a listen.
While the game has tons of high-speed gameplay and hype moments (give it a few sentences and you'll see), one of my favourite moments is just taking a break and going fishing with THE DAMN BOY, Big the Cat. I'm unsure why we needed chill-ass Lo-Fi vibes for fishing of all things, but I am most definitely not complaining. It's just a solid track that puts me at ease. Perfect to listen to when you just need a break for a bit, which is honestly perfect for the impending holiday season.
Alright, back to the speed.
Now THIS feels a little more Sonic, doesn't it?
While the game has a heavy focus on exploration and taking in your surroundings, it also has intense moments of high-momentum platforming that are oh-so-satisfying to get just right (otherwise known as a real Sonic level). The music is frantic, intense, full of drive, and has lyrics that make zero sense. That's exactly what you need when you're Edgy the Blue Hedgy trapped in a hell dimension of nonsense and all you're able to do is run away as if you're P-Vock running from his problems.
And now, I give you just an actual hardcore rock song.
WHY DID THEY HAVE TO BRING IN KELLEN GODDAMN QUINN FOR THIS SOUNDTRACK?
I have not the answer, yet I will not complain. This is just an actual jam. Quinn performed multiple songs for this soundtrack, all of which play during intense boss fights during which Sonic becomes Super Sonic and just wails on kaiju-sized enemies.
While I laugh at any time this series attempts to take itself seriously (it's a three-foot hedgehog trying to be intense), the music has honestly always been incredible for these moments and would be totally fitting if played during any sports comeback moment, training montage, or nasty shit you need to motivate yourself to push out. I genuinely couldn't decide on which of the boss fight themes I wanted as they all slap so damn hard, but I think Undefeatable is the most iconic and the one I've definitely played the most since finishing the game.
Whether you want the chill vibes of Big's Fishing music, the constant fun of Cyberspace music, or the sheer intensity of Kellen Quinn absolutely going off (look up his other songs from this game if you wanna hear him go even harder), I hope this melting pot of varied music gives you something to carry you into the weekend.
Thank you, as always, for checking out my nonsense, and I'll catch you back here next time with another suggestion from my Music Box.
PS. I can't not drop them. So if you want them, here are the other jams Kellen Quinn helped give us for this soundtrack. And if you care, Find Your Flame is my personal favourite.