Listening to soundtracks should do two things, be fun and bring up memories for the listener. Sorcery fulfills half by being a lot of fun to listen to. If I had played the video game the soundtrack is from I would bet that I'd remember certain scenes from the game. However, I've never played the game so I was content with having just one of the two objectives accomplished. The music that's played on the soundtrack was composed by Mark Mancina and played by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra-F.A.M.E.'S Project. For the CD there are 28 tracks of songs that were not what I was expecting.
What was it that I was not expecting? That would be the Celtic sound that a lot of the scores have. This felt more like a Celtic dance CD rather than a soundtrack to a video game. While listening to this soundtrack there were sounds that would be played that threw me off track completely. On track 11, “Bogey Village”, near the end there are some chimes being played that just came out of nowhere. It’s an action with beats and a rhythm that would be fitting for a high energy, fast paced, action fighting sequence, when the chimes come in the song goes to another level. At first I didn’t quite like the chimes in it but after a second and third listen to the song I found that they fit quite nicely to the flow of the song.
Listening to Sorcery felt like I was a part of something big that was going to become not only history but a story that would be passed on through generations. There’s a grand scale being played in the songs where even the slower paced tracks have weight to them. For a video game soundtrack there is a very dramatic sound given to the songs. These songs have more than intense energy, the songs have a pulse of life that is infectous. While I was listening to the songs the vibe they give off is as if I was doing something important during the moment, even though all I was doing was sitting on my deck listening to the songs, yet at that moment it was a grand moment in time. What I liked and on a few listens didn’t like, was how the songs would change pacing in an instant. Where one track it was slow, evenly paced, with mellow horns playing to becoming a sound that reminded me of a cartoon cat falling down some stairs. It’s a fun soundtrack, it’s well composed, and it’s fun to listen to.