It seems somewhere along the way Sonic games suddenly took on a very American rock feel to its music and the incarnation Shadow The Hedgehog is no exception. “Lost & Found: Shadow The Hedgehog Vocal Trax” is a 7 song assault of vocal rock tracks from the game.
“I Am…All of Me” see’s Crush 40 return from Sonic Heroes to give us more rock treats. Their music is catchy, polished but edgy enough to keep you listening. The chorus is excellent but the rapping in-between isn’t the best combo I could think of. I prefer their Sonic Heroes songs to this one. Very Kid Rock. “Almost Dead” is done by Powerman 5000 continues to set the darker world of Shadow The Hedgehog with more darker, gruffer voices and screaming vocals. This song works a lot better and sounds like a dead ringer of Marilyn Manson to the extent where you could almost file a law suit! However you cannot get away from someone shouting “We’re almost dead to the world” as an original song for what used to be a children’s genre game as something of a turn up for the books!
“Waking Up” by Julien-K sounds like a 1990’s Depeche Mode song crossed with someone like Fischerspooner, its quite a unique and very catchy song and completely digitalised in manner and a gem! “E.G.G.M.A.N.doc Robeatnix Mix” by Remix Factory is a rock dance hybrid that pounds through at high speed like an american take on an Ayumi Hamasaki song. Another great listen.
“The Chosen One” by A2 returns to the darker rock tones of before which is another good tune although not as immediately strong as the others around it, it has just as much staying power as its well crafted. “All Hail Shadow” is very much a typical rock n roll song which have some excellent guitar riffs and a typical straining male vocal and a satisfying guitar solo to round things off. Crush 40 then returns for “All Fall Down” which has a piano intro before their usual rocking out hard style returns for their best of the two songs they have on here begins. What Crush 40 always manage is to provide so much energy in an explosion of sound and that thought encompasses the whole album.
This vocal collection will definitely suit those who like their rock and guitars more than those of you whom prefer pop or orchestrated music however each song is catchy and well conceived and I would definitely recommend giving it a listen before you judge it. A high quality package.