‘Mists’ makes Al a happy pandaren

One of my favorite aspects of “World of Warcraft” is the music.

In several areas throughout Azeroth, I found myself almost moving along to the music. I’ve almost told my friend Tom that he could come up with a dance for the continuous loop that plays in Orgrimmar. Almost being the key word here, as my friend’s dance moves tend to get obnoxious after a few minutes.

In accordance with my recent “Warcraft” kick, I’ve scoured the internet looking for podcasts to listen to on my commute around Spokane County. I decided to try “The Instance.” While the episode mostly pertained to the upcoming “Warlords of Draenor” expansion and the cons of the automatic boost to level 90, the hosts had a Q&A session where one of the questions they answered related to their favorite “Warcraft” soundtrack.

The vote was unanimous. “Mists of Pandaria” was a favorite among the hosts. Prior to leaving for Medical Lake, I went on Youtube and found a video that featured the “Mists” soundtrack.

At this point, the intro to “Wrath of the Lich King” was my favorite “Warcraft”-inspired piece. Although it’s similar to the music that’s played on the other login screens, Wrath’s has a menacing feel to it. But after the first few minutes of Mists’ soundtrack, I was pretty hooked.

The music still has the fantasy and Celtic inspired sounds, but it adds a bit of flavor that you hear in movies or television shows based out of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

There’s one song – the video didn’t exactly provide a detailed list – where one of the characters is actually singing and it’s beautiful.

I enjoyed the Mists soundtrack so much that I put it on my Editor’s Playlist. It will go nicely with Styx, AC/DC and Hootie and the Blowfish.

What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks?

 

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