The SSSS (that’s the Sonic Stadium Soundtrack Squad) launch their regular soundtrack review program; to kick off we take a look at the recent Crush 40 Best of album, Super Sonic Songs…
Crush 40 – Super Sonic Songs Review
We’ve had a real overdose of Sonic music in the last few months, with Jun Senoue’s “The Works”, Crush 40’s “Super Sonic Songs” and just last week we had the next installment of the Best of Sonic albums, “True Colours”. So the question I had to ask myself while reviewing this album was, “is it really possible to overdose on Crush 40?”
Granted, this album has definitely got the track selection right, and I think this is more than fair to say this is definitely the definitive Crush 40 album. We blast off with “I Am…All of Me” from Shadow the Hedgehog, the spectacularly down tuned dark anthem which is definitely an unusual choice for a starting track as it is not the typical C40 sound…but somehow it works very well. As we’ve come to know and love with C40, the pace of the album is blistering; the Daytona USA inspiration definitely holds well in conveying the concept of speed throughout the games they were written for. I for one am over the moon that they have added a selection of tracks from their self titled album including “Revvin’ Up” as these are cracking anthems that really don’t get an airing often enough.
My problem with this album however starts on track one…upon closer inspection, the back of the CD case says “New Mix for this Release”. Now, my ears are shot to pieces thanks to too many years of standing next to the amplifiers at Iron Maiden concerts, so I can’t pick up finer details in some songs…but heck, I’m having a real trouble picking out what’s different. This isn’t just for this track either, this goes for the rest of the tracks with the same asterix. Now either I’ve gone crazy, tone deaf, or the changes are really, really subtle; I wasn’t expecting anything eye-popping from these mixes, however I was expecting to get something different, and I didn’t get it…in fact all I got was the last 25 seconds of random noises snipped off the end of “Open Your Heart”.
Moan aside, we’ve got three new tracks on this album including a cover of “Un-gravitify” from Sonic Riders ZG, a cover of The Cult’s “Fire Woman” (strangely from their album “Sonic Temple”…coincidence?) and a Crush 40 original “Is it You?”. “Un-gravitify” follows in the same vein as “His World” – Crush 40 seem to be able to take any track and flip-reverse it to make it sound like they wrote it. I’d even go as far as to say “Fire Woman” is better than the original at the risk of being lynched by classic rock fans. I also have to admit that “Is It You” also sends a tingle down my spine as a great lead out of the album, with Senoue playing guitar with a really sexy Chorus effect on, again something you don’t usually hear from C40.
Sure, the album is definitely the best of, and if you’re looking to start your Crush 40 collection somewhere, this is a great buy. However the die-hard C40 fans out there might want to think the purchase of this album over if they don’t think it is worthwhile buying an album for three new tracks…otherwise you may just overdose on “Open Your Heart”! .
A must-have album for any fan of Sonic music; filled with back-to-back classic tunes. However with only three new tracks, seasoned Crush 40 fans may be a little disappointed.
Super Sonic Songs is still available for purchase from the Jun Senoue Official Store, as well as play-asia, and CD-Japan.
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