Second time I confronted Bronjahm in Forge of Souls I heard the music. (First time I confronted him: “Man, I hope I don’t die. Follow their lead. What’s that? Wait, what’s that? What’s *that.* Is that dangerous? What’s that?”)
And I was thinking, 2nd time paying a visit, “What on earth is that playing? It’s not my music. It *is* music. It can’t be in-game. How on earth am I listening to someone else’s mp3s on their machine?”
And Bronjahm himself is pretty hip. Oh yeah, “gimme hip.”
This is a fairly different direction taken musically from a lot of the previous content. By “fairly different” I mean born of different mothers on different planets with entirely different biological make-up. One being carbon-based, the other being IFG-based.
The music in the Grizzly Hills is some of my favorite in the game, in any game.
But from the mournful Uilleann Pipes of the Grizzly Hills to the Dirty Sax in the Ice Crown Citadel, they’ve gone a long way. Too long.
It’s a fantasy game. And, yeah, there’s a lot of in-game references to popular culture. But they’re here and there and somewhat isolated little gems. But now, up in ICC, there’s the Godfather of Soul taking you down, to the accompaniment of soul music? … That’s a little too unsubtle for me.
And, please, let there be no truth to the rumors that L85ETC is writing the soundtrack, no matter how appropriate the title may be, for the Cataclysm expansion. But with Goblins in charge, who knows our direction; trapped behind the Greymane Wall might feel like a blessing.