Okay, don't get me wrong... I like the theme, but it's sub-par compared to the previous games' themes.
Now why exactly is that?
I mean, the tunes are as good, arguably better than the tunes of IV and San Andreas. And they fit the "Sun-soaked city" vibe of the game. So what's wrong?
Well you see, what they got wrong was, as probably thought before, the pacing.
The pacing, the pacing, the pacing ...Oh why, oh why, Rockstar?
I mean, let's take a look at the themes of San Andreas and IV.
5-10 seconds of soothing build-up.
Then it quickly, yet gradually turns into a cross between medium and hard tunes.
Then it slowly introduces new instruments, notes and stuff until it's acceptably loud, hard and fast.
Then a welcome dip into medium, then back up again... Until it slowly goes back to soft tunes until the song ends.
Now, what did V do?
3 seconds of build-up.
Instant shift into loud and hard.
It then introduces new instruments over the already loud ones. Not unacceptable but .. Kinda confusing to a first-time-listener.
After some time like that, a quick dip back into the soft, then it goes back up to medium, then back to soft and then it ends.
It feels like the theme would have been a lot better, maybe even the best GTA theme if the pacing was done right.
Yeah, I'm not really a musical genius, this is just me sharing my thoughts, sorry if all the "Soft, loud, hard" crap confused you.
Now, this would be the time where you share your thoughts ..Or not.
Just in case anyone hasn't heard it, here's the theme. It plays right after the North Yankton sequence and Michael walks out of his Therapist's office: