RPGFan


Undertale Soundtrack
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: August 13, 2015
Composed By: Toby Fox
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Toby Fox
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: Digital
Buy this album from Bandcamp
Tracklist:

01 - Once Upon a Time
02 - Start Menu
03 - Your Best Friend
04 - Fallen Down
05 - Ruins
06 - Uwa!! So Temperate♫
07 - Anticipation
08 - Unnecessary Tension
09 - Enemy Approaching
10 - Ghost Fight
11 - Determination
12 - Home
13 - Home (Music Box)
14 - Heartache
15 - sans.
16 - Nyeh Heh Heh!
17 - Snowy
18 - Uwa!! So Holiday♫
19 - Dogbass
20 - Mysterious Place
21 - Dogsong
22 - Snowdin Town
23 - Shop
24 - Bonetrousle
25 - Dating Start!
26 - Dating Tense!
27 - Dating Fight!
28 - Premonition
29 - Danger Mystery
30 - Undyne
31 - Waterfall
32 - Run!
33 - Quiet Water
34 - Memory
35 - Bird That Carries You Over A Disproportionately Small Gap
36 - Dummy!
37 - Pathetic House
38 - Spooktune
39 - Spookwave
40 - Ghouliday
41 - Chill
42 - Thundersnail
43 - Temmie Village
44 - Tem Shop
45 - NGAHHH!!
46 - Spear of Justice
47 - Ooo
48 - Alphys
49 - It's Showtime!
50 - Metal Crusher
51 - Another Medium
52 - Uwa!! So HEATS!!♫
53 - Stronger Monsters
54 - Hotel
55 - Can You Really Call This A Hotel, I Didn't Receive A Mint On My Pillow Or Anything
56 - Confession
57 - Live Report
58 - Death Report
59 - Spider Dance
60 - Wrong Enemy !?
61 - Oh! One True Love
62 - Oh! Dungeon
63 - It's Raining Somewhere Else
64 - CORE Approach
65 - CORE
66 - Last Episode!
67 - Oh My...
68 - Death By Glamour
69 - For The Fans
70 - Long Elevator
71 - Undertale
72 - Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans
73 - The Choice
74 - Small Shock
75 - Barrier
76 - Bergentrückung
77 - ASGORE
78 - You Idiot
79 - Your Best Nightmare
80 - Finale
81 - An Ending
82 - She's Playing Piano
83 - Here We Are
84 - Amalgam
85 - Fallen Down (Reprise)
86 - Don't Give Up
87 - Hopes And Dreams
88 - Burn In Despair!
89 - SAVE The World
90 - His Theme
91 - Final Power
92 - Reunited
93 - Menu (Full)
94 - Respite
95 - Bring It In, Guys!
96 - Last Goodbye
97 - But The Earth Refused To Die
98 - Battle Against A True Hero
99 - Power Of "NEO"
100 - MEGALOVANIA
101 - Good Night
Total Time:
131'18"

In its first few tracks, Undertale initially comes across as a faithful tribute to the NES era à la Shovel Knight. Once the piano kicks in on "Ruins," though, it becomes clear that Toby Fox is working from a wider palette. In fact, one of the defining features of Undertale's soundtrack is the way it combines and fluctuates between chiptunes, more sophisticated soundfonts, and occasionally live instruments. The battle tracks in particular, like "Enemy Approaching" and "Heartache," tend to blend these formats together. In theory, I wouldn't have expected this to work, but Toby Fox somehow manages to weave these disparate styles into a unified whole.

This unity is partly a result of the Undertale's thematic richness. This soundtrack, despite its brevity, is incredibly dense with motifs that repeat and recombine in fascinating ways all throughout. The melody of "Once Upon a Time" may sound prosaic at first, but it gradually emerges as one of the game's most prominent themes and is used to great effect in "Undertale," "Hopes and Dreams," and a half-dozen others. One of the album's standout tracks, "Death by Glamour," combines and reinterprets bits and pieces of several tracks that precede it. Most of these connections are immediately apparent, but Toby Fox also throws in a few more subtle reworks of previous themes. Try listening to "sans" and "It's Raining Somewhere Else" back to back. This is a soundtrack that rewards repeated listening.

It certainly doesn't hurt that the various themes are bursting with atmosphere and character. Between the jingle bells in "Snowden Town," the funky baritone-sax in "sans.," the rustic guitar in "Home," the techno-synths in "CORE," the sparse duo of piano and strings in "Snowy," and the martial intensity of "Spear of Justice," Toby Fox navigates an impressive range of styles. His melodies are consistently engaging and memorable, and the tracks have an overall economy of composition that allows these melodies to shine. Even the game's most intense tracks never feel busy or unfocused. There are also a few smart references here and there; Phoenix Wright fans will get a kick out of the three "Dating" tracks.

In case it isn't obvious by now, Undertale is one of my favorite OSTs of 2015. It is a consistently delightful set of tunes that feel modern and original even as they pay homage to the past. Like the game itself, it overflows with whimsy, but manages to be genuinely moving and occasionally unnerving. The soundtrack's thematic density adds an extra layer of musical mind-candy, with every listen yielding new discoveries. My one complaint is that all of the tracks are a single loop, and as a result some of the shorter tracks feel like they are over before they start. That aside, you can't go wrong with Undertale. Buy this game, folks…then buy the soundtrack.

Seriously, one track has a chorus of yapping dogs. That's game-of-the-year stuff right there.

Reviewed by: Adam Luhrs



Back




Twitch Schedule & Status

TBA
Sunday, November 26 • 10am PST/1pm EST

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Mondays • 6pm PST/9pm EST

Vandal Hearts
Tuesdays • 12pm PST/3pm EST

Final Fantasy VI
Thursdays and Fridays • 3pm PST/6pm EST

Xenosaga Episode III
Tues-Wed-Thu • 7pm PST/10pm EST
Saturdays • 5pm PST/8pm EST

Featured Content
Night in the Woods OST Vol. 1: At The End Of Everything Review
Night in the Woods OST Vol. 1: At The End Of Everything
Review
Fire Emblem Warriors Review
Fire Emblem Warriors
Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Preview
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Hands-On Preview
Retro Encounter 109: Final Fantasy IX
Retro Encounter 109: Final Fantasy IX
Podcast
Path of Exile: War for the Atlas Preview
Path of Exile: War for the Atlas
Preview
The Journey Down - Chapter Three Review
The Journey Down - Chapter Three
Review
The Fruit of Grisaia Review
The Fruit of Grisaia
Review