01 - The Dragonborn Comes
The in-game version of The Dragonborn Comes is very bare, sung by Skyrim's bards unaccompanied by any instrument. And because each line of the song is a separate dialogue bit for them, it's filled with awkward pauses that stop it from being a very toe-tapping tune. Tera Catallo and Ro have, thankfully, filled things out with well-arranged backing music from guitar and drums, and as you would expect from actual humans with rhythm, they've eliminated the awkward pauses. The first half of the song is led by the singer, after which it moves into a guitar solo of respectable length. (Not too long, not too short.)
On the downside, the singer and guitarist get slightly out of sync with each other a few times, and the electric guitar seems a bit overblown to match the style indicated by the singer. Ironically, the style discrepancy really comes into focus in the guitar solo section, where the player has free rein to do as they please. This isn't a bad version of the song, but I think it could have benefited from another take or two in the studio, as well as a little more aggressiveness on behalf of the singer or a little less from the guitar.
Reviewed by: John Tucker