It’s been a little while since our last CD track, and I’m excited! This is the track that plays during the end mini movie once you complete the game (in the US version, it’s “Little Planet” with some added vocals from “Sonic Boom”). I love the groove to this overall! The intro is surprisingly slow, before everything kicks in. A stand out section is some vocal sampling at the beginning that fades in, along with the scatting there as well, super groovy! The piano is a nice touch underneath, and the bass work is spectacular as well! I like the female vocal a lot (the male vocal work isn’t necessarily my style, but it fits the mood of the piece), the way she scoops and the contour of the line. Not to mention her growling at the beginning of phrases! There’s some panning in the male vocals that sounds really cool as well. I love the chord progression, even though it’s simple at times (never underestimate the power of the bVII!). All the synth work going on is very cool, adding to that 90’s dance/pop feel of the entire track. The strange break near the end before the piano solo trips your ear up, but it’s a nice little fill! This whole thing captures the feel of the entire JAP/PAL soundtrack—a little whacky, but groovy over all!
“Extraordinary things can happen if you believe in yourself!”