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Enjoyable, but distractingly sloppy at times.

Songs of Time is an interesting album. As a long-time LOZ fan I had very high hopes for the themes, lyrics, music, and tone of tis project. I’ve enjoyed many of Nate’s songs (as have my kids). Some of the songs are great — I particularly enjoyed “The Evil King” and its Gerudo Valley tribute, and the salsa feel of “Time to Go.”

Honestly, writing original lyrics doesn’t seem to be Nate’s strong suit in general. Lazy rhymes, gimmicky wording, and awkward phrasing really detract from the otherwise beautiful or skillful music throughout the album.

Track 1 is the only song from Link’s perspective, which surprised me. That’s a big contract from a project like Dr. Awkward’s “Boy without a Fairy” album which is entirely from the Hero’s viewpoint.

Tracks 2 and 3 feature female vocalists (lovely voices!) and come from Saria and Zelda’s perspectives. The music is nice, the vocals and lovely, but the lyrics came out somewhat sloppy.

Tracks 4–5 did a nice job of capturing the urgency and difficulty of Link’s quest, and included some fun riffs and musical themes.

Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were written from the perspective of temple bosses Link defeats as an adult. Thematically, they’re all quite similar: taunting the hero with the futility of his quest and singing Gannondorf’s praises. 5 tracks of this seemed very repetitive. If the lyrics had been more nuanced I think it would have gone over better.

Track 11 — The Evil King — is undoubtably the best. Hearing from Gannondorf himself was fun, especially to the tunes of Gerudo Valley and a dark version of Zelda’s Lullaby. Lyrically, it could have used some more work, but even so it’s still a great track.

I was also surprised how little of the original soundtrack made it in to the album. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, though I did feel he may have missed some good opportunities to incorporate the familiar and moving themes from the LOZ score. As a tribute to the series, it’s not necessary to use them, and it does make the album seem like more of an accomplishment when he doesn’t rely on them so much. If you’re looking for a rock opera using LOZ music as its spine, you may be disappointed.

I could tell a lot of hard work went into this. Nate’s musicianship and potential as a composer was very evident. I wish he had collaborated with a lyricist who was just as much a fan of the series as he is. It’s certainly a fun album, but in retrospect, I wish I had purchased just “The Evil King” and maybe “Time to Go” rather than the full album. I look forward to Nate’s future work as he continues to grow in his craft!

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Awesome!

Nate, you once again amaze me and do my nostalgia for these games great justice. One of the best albums I've heard so far

Biography

Born: Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

A popular voice actor, musician, gaming commentator, and YouTube star, NateWantsToBattle is the nom de plume of Richmond, Virginia native Nathan Sharp. Sharp launched his popular YouTube channel in 2012, where he performs original songs about video games and covers songs from popular anime games in English....
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