When all else fails, use fire! Oh wait, Heat Man’s weapon blows… just use dem METAL BLADES!
By Zac Gorman
August 17, 2011 by Shawn Handyside
Filed under Arcade, Bionic Commando, Bomberman, Capcom, Chill Out, Contra, Cray-Z Crossovers, Mega Man, Metroid, NES, Nintendo, Pac-Man, Power-Ups, Retro, SNES, Sonic the Hedgehog, Special Attacks, Stop... Hammer Time, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Under the Sea, Video Clips
When your dreams look like this, there’s a good chance you’ve been playing too many old video games!
If you’ve been following the site for a while, you’re most likely familiar with Brentalfloss and his musical stylings. But for those of you unfamiliar with his work, the man has been putting out some of the finest comedic video game music adaptations around (with maybe Duane and Brando as a reasonable second).
What I wasn’t prepared for however was the insane jump in production quality of the music on this disc. To say that old favorites like Tetris With Lyrics, Duck Tales With Lyrics and Dr. Mario With Lyrics have “been improved” is a gross understatement. The newest versions of these tracks run longer (with additional lyrics) and are so silky smooth that I can’t imagine them being done at a higher production quality.
And the new stuff doesn’t skimp on the bells and whistles either… even the new songs like Bubble Man With Lyrics and Mushroom Kingdom (a parody of Sister Christian by Night Ranger) feature lots of well timed sound effects, quick little lyrical side beats and other subtle nuances that help to make up for the visual gags that are lost in the transition from YouTube music video to audio disc.
Then on top of all that you’ve got two surprise crossover songs… the new Paperboy With Lyrics featuring music by The Konami Kode, and Gotta Run/Be The One which creates a unique lyrical duet merging Floss’ original Mega Man 2 With Lyrics and Mega Man cover band The Megas I Want To Be The One (which in all honesty, I can’t even describe how epic this song sound).
Of course I wouldn’t say every track of this twenty song set totally blew me away. There are a few non video-game songs (The Roommate Song, Good Example) which are kind of funny, but aren’t the kind of thing I would listen to on a regular basis; Corey is kind of over my head because I’m not familiar with the material at ScrewAttack; and Final Fantasy IV Love Theme With Lyrics sung in the voice of Eric Cartman is cute but again not something I’m going to put on a playlist.
Also not making it on to my playlists any time soon are the couple of super short original instrumental clips (Gypsy Tetris, Introspective Duck in Space) which are very well done, but a little too short to fully enjoy. Oh and speaking of which… A Boy and His Blob Mini-Lyric, I know it’s kind of a joke track… but God part of me just wants it to go on FOREVER. I can’t imagine how he could extend the lyrics any farther than he does in this rendition, but I would love to see him try.
So in conclusion, this CD is a must buy for anyone who is a fan of Brentalfloss’ currently released work. If you love the songs he’s put online, this CD gives you renditions that are literally twice as good, plus all new ones you’ve never heard. And even if you’re not a Brentalfan, if you like classic video games (and their related musics) I am pretty confident you’re going to love this CD.
And in case you need more convincing beyond my amazing opinions… here’s a Halolz exclusive preview track of the new Bubble Man With Lyrics track provided by Floss! If only YouTube could really give the audio justice.
If lines like “Bubbles full of poo-poo gas! How else could anybody weaponize a bubble?” played to Bubble Man’s theme doesn’t appeal to you, well honestly I don’t know why you’re reading Halolz to begin with!
Oh and if you feel like picking the CD up (or just previewing the tracks), check out the following links:
Tangible Actual CD Version
ScrewAttack [$14.98 + shipping]
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Why the hell did Dr. Wily not think of this sooner?
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This is actually a game mod made for those willing to take on the ultimate Mega Man 2 challenge! More information here at Retronauts!