George S. Clinton

Mortal Kombat [Original Score]

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George S. Clinton's mindless score for the 1995 video game adaptation Mortal Kombat wreaks none of the musical carnage one would anticipate given the absurd, even cartoonish violence of the game -- in fact, it's embarrassingly tepid, embracing hard rock guitars, Japanese percussion, and badly dated electronic samples to create a mishmash of sound more annoying than anarchic. It often seems as if Clinton dusts off synthesizers at least a dozen years old -- and if Mortal Kombat sounded dated upon its original release, you can only imagine how old it sounds years later. Moreover, there's no trace of thematic development or melodic innovation here -- guitarist Buckethead simply peels off skronky solo after skronky solo, as if style is any substitute for substance. Abysmal.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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2 02:22 Amazon
3 01:40 Amazon
4 01:18 Amazon
5 03:02 Amazon
6 01:17 Amazon
7 01:36 Amazon
8 01:30 Amazon
9 01:26 Amazon
10 00:46 Amazon
11 00:45 Amazon
12 01:28 Amazon
13 00:22 Amazon
14 01:31 Amazon
15 02:44 Amazon
16 01:01 Amazon
17 00:38 Amazon
18 01:27 Amazon
19 01:12 Amazon
20 01:30 Amazon
21 00:58 Amazon
22 01:01 Amazon
23 01:56 Amazon
24 06:27 Amazon
25 01:23 Amazon
26 01:19 Amazon
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