another quick soundtrack review from another game somewhat recently finished, pokémon colosseum, with music by tsukasa tawada. tawada is not among the team of composers of the handheld games, but his score is definitely enjoyable.
to accompany the desert setting of the game, tawada’s score has a strong country and western bent with some nice tunes for the harmonica. he effectively uses jazzy/bluesy music for the baddies (complete with fingersnaps) which gives them a kind of superior, aloof characterization that adds a lot to the game. there’s also some salsa-flavored music thrown in for some of the zanier bosses. and perhaps most importantly the battle music not only fits the mood well, but it doesn’t get old (which given how much you’ll be hearing it is definitely a good thing).