The Bonus Tracks of the Bioshock 2 Soundtrack Review
But wait there’s more! Now there are other songs that didn’t make it on the soundtrack. So this is another review in which I call it, the “Bonus Tracks” on Bioshock 2. Let’s start this off with a bang! Now you’ll probably have to buy the songs on iTunes to complete the soundtrack. Kicking it off is the haunting comedic humor of English Jazz with Hush, Hush, Hush (Here Comes The Boogie Man) which was featured in the horror film, Jeepers Creepers, Henry Hall and his Orchestra gives this number a quirky taste as if they toured with Harry Roy and his Bat Club Boys with their whimsical crisp of Halloween.
And then we get into the core of the early piano blues thanks to the raw voice of Bessie Smith with the eerie tragic beauty that makes it perfect for whoopee on I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl and being broke with Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out which the great Sheryl Lee Ralph of Dreamgirls and Moesha fame sings a tour de force snippet of the song in the audio diary at Pauper’s Drop. The Pied Pipers bring an orchestral waltz of dance with Dream which was featured in the teaser trailer and in the opening cut scene while The Ink Spots bring a darker acoustic guitar and piano sound echoing Rapture’s demise on We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me), Memories of You, and duets with Ella Fitzgerald on I’m Making Believe.
Ruth Etting brings a ‘30s nightclub flavor atmosphere to the Siren Alley with her Kurt Weill homage of the Threepenny Opera-era, Ten Cents a Dance. You can imagine her singing this at a German Cabaret singing to the audience and the female dancers doing some avant-garde dances to fit the mood of the song. Bing Crosby brings sadness in a symphonic yet beautiful sound on Pennies From Heaven while The Mills Brothers which could have been The Ink Spots kid brother, bring a folksy bebop sound on Paper Doll, the heartfelt emotions on You Always Hurt The Ones You Love, and a second theme for Eleanor with the mourning, Daddy’s Little Girl.
And then the ‘30s sound come back like a bat out of hell again with one of my favorite artists, Cab Calloway, later known for his classic Minnie The Moocher and Some of these Days which was featured in the cult classic Forbidden Zone, brings lukewarm scatting to the music on the swinging sound Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. And then we have a night out of the dance and beauty with Ella Fitzgerald on the angelic sound and her ‘50s love-song beauty of going to have fun with It’s Only a Paper Moon while Bunny Berigan closes the dream-like bonus tracks on the dedication to a loved one homage with Sweet Madness.
Again, Jordan Thomas is in the mind of Robert Crumb. But he and 2K picked some top notch music from the grand old area of the golden-age of music from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. And they done one hell of a job to bring the geek-loving fans the way music is meant to be heard. So ignore those so-called artists of Taylor Swift, Justin Biebler, and Jordin Sparks and the dull-like top 40 hits of 2010, this soundtrack of Bioshock 2 and the bonus tracks that are featured in the game is what you need.