Monday, 12 August 2013

Jet Set Radio: Lost in the Music

I have never played the Dreamcast. I n the past, I had no interest in playing the Dreamcast. By the time the Dreamcast was out, I had jumped ship to the Playstation and was waiting on the PS2. I had heard about the games such as the Sonic Adventure series and Shenmue series, but at the time, I just didn't care. It was because of my apathy that had me ignore some great games from the console, including Jet Set Radio. When the game was announced it was to be released on the PSN, I knew this was a chance for me to redeem myself and my youthful apathy.

The funny thing is that despite me wanting to play Jet Set Radio, I had no idea what the soundtrack would be like. It was through The World Ends With You that I had learned about the Jet Set Radio soundtrack. One of the songs that got me interested in the game's album was the track called Magical Girl. I am not sure why that it was this this song that got me interested in the album. Before I had heard the song, I was merely interested in the game play and hadn't really focused on the music itself. However, Magical Girl just seemed to stick out among the other tracks.

That's not to say that the rest of the album is mediocre. The album has a wide variety of songs, each bringing something unique to the album. It is just Magical Girl seems to be an earworm and it sticks to the listener. In between its simple lyrics, the song has a great beat with it being a mixture of Electronica and Rock.

I really enjoy the music from Jet Set Radio. This is the sort of music that I can turn on and listen to while. Unlike other gaming soundtracks, which can get tiring after a while, the Jet Set Radio soundtrack remains fresh. It is because of its odd mix of musical genres that make it appealing. The World Ends With You emulated this style with its soundtrack and I am forever grateful as it had opened up a new genre of music for me to listen to.

The Jet Set Radio soundtrack is something special. Like many extreme sports games and The World Ends With You, it takes licenced songs to use for the soundtrack. However, instead of focusing on one genre, the Jet Set Radio soundtrack of fusion of styles ranging from a wide variety of genre's such as J-Pop, hip hop, and in North America they even added Metal for the audience.

I highly suggest you pick up the soundtrack. You can find it on Amazon. I recommend this album as it would be a solid addition to your collection.

If you have any suggestions for more j-pop bands or albums that you would like to see covered, please let me know in the comments below or e-mail me at

Sega needs to revisit this franchise. I would love to see a new entry in the Jet Set Radio franchise and the perfect console for it could be the Wii U.

This is Daimo Mac and I am lost in the music.

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