Songs will be rated 1-5, with 1 being awful, 3 being mediocre, and 5 being excellent.

The Marathon Eternal soundtrack has some amazing music in it. All the songs (almost) are remakes of originals, with more modern-sounding synthesized instruments and a whole lot of ambiance. They were made mostly by composers Craig Hardgrove and Nicholas Singer. I have a lot to say about this excellent soundtrack!

Chomber - the whole song is built around the original, simple tune (which is in 7/8 time), made very beautiful by fading strings, piano, and ambiant electronic sounds, among other things.
> 5 (Excellent)

Flippant - in the original Marathon, Flippant was probably the most intense track. In Marathon Eternal, composer Craig Hardgrove made it even more memorable with piano, organ, and a great head-shaking drum beat. A very awesome remake!
> 5 (Excellent)

Flowers in Heaven - This is one of the most powerfully beautiful songs in the soundtrack. In the original Marathon the song was beautiful in a simplistic way. This version is more ambiant, made very soothing and pensive with echoing metallic piano and fading strings. A wonderful song to fall asleep to!
> 5 (Excellent)

Landing - This song starts out with a repeating two piano notes, accompanied by an echoing, ringing synth that builds up into long string notes and bass hums in the background, which have a very minor tone and huge atmosphere. This is one of those tracks that is so amazing that it gives me chills to listen to.
> 5 (Excellent)

Leela - Another one that I absolutely love! It has some of the most beautiful muted piano and ambiant noises fading in and out that I have ever heard! The quiet electronic buzzing every once in a while also enhances the mood of the game's vast, futuristic landscapes.
> 5 (Excellent)

Leela (Acoustic) - I really want to learn this one on piano. It starts with a repeating, low piano tune that is soon accompanied by higher chords which go low, than high, and dance around making a truly beautiful melody.
> 5 (Excellent)

New Pacific - I love the windy ambiant noises in this song. The whole thing is a superbly-composed masterpiece of piano and electronic ambiance, perfectly adjusted to the left and right speakers. It's terrific!
> 5 (Excellent)

Plasmidia Elegans - This song starts out great, with a low kind of electronic moaning that changes pitch, and is slowly joined by quiet piano and strings that take turns playing, while little electric noises buzz in the background.  At 2:17 these cool electronic strings of some sort join in, making for a very interesting melody.  A very good atmosphere song for a spaceship, which I think is where it's played in Marathon Eternal.  Oh, and it's the only song that's not based on one of the originals.
> 5 (Excellent)

Rapture - I actually think I like the original better this time. This one gets into the accompanying instruments a little too quickly. The original had a cooler, choir-like intro. This one is more orchestral. Still pretty good though!
> 4 (Good)

Rushing - What a great song! It starts out with the familiar descending tune that repeats, accompanied by a buzzing bass, then by symbols and kick drums, and finally we have the awesome synth coming in for the other part of the original melody! The song veers off of the original a bit at times, but it all sounds so cool that it doesn't matter. There's a part where the volume builds and then transitions into some powerful piano. Then it loops. Epic!
> 5 (Excellent)

Splash - I love the original Splash, but this one holds its own because it has such a different mood.  While the original sounded like an action track, this version is more epic, all in powerful piano and occasional guitar chords.  A very unique rendition, and a good song for the last level or so of the game, where everything builds up to a close.
> 5 (Excellent)

Swirls - This is a very muted, snythpad version of the original. It has some quiet strings and bells in the background. It is eventually joined by soft piano, and then some sparse tom-tom drums. Very lullabic.
> 4 (Good)

Swirls (piano) - What a breaktaking, powerful piece! It's the whole swirls song, redone on piano. Craig Hardgrove is a genius for coming up with this! It's beautiful and quite moving when it gets into the heavy chorded section about 3/4 of the way through the song.
> 5 (Excellent)

Leela/Covenant Dance - Here we're getting into the Nicholas Singer stuff. The album for this track is titled "Marathon Mixes," and indeed, it seems to be a mix of Marathon music with something else. Rather Halo-ish, with choir voices and strings fdaing in and out. Actually, since it has the word "covenant" in it, maybe it does have something from Halo, considering that Bungie made both it and Marathon. It's pretty well-made, but not as good as the others. Works in the game though.
> 4 (Good)

Chomber/Under Cover of Night - In this one an acoustic bass does the classic Chomber tune. It's accompanied by grand orchestral strings and windy ambiance, among other things.
> 4 (Good)

Flowers in Heaven/A Walk in the Woods - This is my favorite Nicholas Singer piece. The Flower in Heaven tune is played by a something that sounds like an electric vibraphone. There is lots of loud, powerful string parts, low buzzing, and choir-like singing. Still not as good as Craig Hardgrove though.
> 4 (Good)

Guardians - This one is by both Craig Hardgrove and an artist named Tek. A vibraphone plays the classic Guardians tune that I always liked, and a low string instrument of some sort plays the accompanying bass tune. The drum beat is nice and there's a lot of that DJ-esque disc scratching sound, which works strangely well here. Oh, and did I forget the loon? I love the loon noise!
> 5 (Excellent)

> Average Score: 4.8

There's really nothing bad about this soundtrack. If you're into sci-fi and FPS games, when go play Marathon Eternal - with a great story and a soundtrack like this, it's to die for!