Jesper Kyd has provided an amazing experience within his followup score to Assassin’s Creed II. A mixture of electronic and ethnic flavors create a full on atmosphere and immerse you in the world of the game.
The score propels you forward with the story and really doesn’t ever feel like “background” music. Of course there are a few tracks that may be classified as that such as the tracks that play when you approach a target. However they are structured and looped in a way where the player builds their own suspense and the music fits pretty much whatever images you as the player create.
The score has an other worldly feel but still grounds itself with certain sounds and melodies that give us something emotional to grasp onto. There isn’t anything sweeping or grand and it excels in its simplicity. Kyd embraces solo instruments and lets them shine. The score is a modern approach and works extremely well.