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Soundtrack Spotlight – “The Normandy Reborn” (Mass Effect 2)

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It’s always great seeing an old friend return, even is that friend is a formidable spaceship that you and your crew have served on and relied on for assault and light-speed transportation. Today’s track from Mass Effect 2 celebrates exactly that feeling.

The track is titled “Normandy Reborn and was composed by Jack Wall. After Shepard witnessed the destruction of his ship, the Normandy, in the game’s opening, he was rescued by Cerberus and ‘rebuilt’ during a period of a few years. After reuniting with Joker, the ship’s pilot, Shepard is led to a docking bay where he witnesses the beautiful unveiling of the Normandy-SR2, the second version of the ship.

This piece is masterfully paced, with a perfect buildup leading up to the majestic explosion of trumpets and violins. It succeeds in capturing a sense of heartfelt wonder and reuniting with something beloved. The Mass Effect titles have excellent soundtracks, but this is one of the obscure surprises in the series’ musical library. Let us know what you think!

Jack Wall is an American composer who has worked on the soundtracks for game series’ like Mass Effect, Call of Duty, Splinter Cell, Myst, and many others. You can check out his site here.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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