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Ishimoto, Hirosato Noda (d2 #18)
disc 1: 26 tracks 73:08
disc 2: 31 tracks 74:74
Take the score for Final
Fantasy Tactics, darken the palette,infuse with equal parts of
James Horner's grandiose orchestrations, Hans Zimmer's electronic
panache and Brad Fidel's futuristic verve and you get Hitoshi
Sakimoto's superior score for Vagrantstory.
At first the listener
may not realize that in spite of all the darkness, the music on
this 2 disc set is quite uplifting. Mr. Sakimoto rarely compromises
the dark theme of the game with overtly cheerful music. Most of
the time the inspiring motifs under score the primarily heavy
expressive quality of each piece; even the perkier songs that
are meant to be upbeat have a certain solemnity.
The styles of music written
by Mr. Sakimoto are
basic for this hybrid RPG/adventure game; battle themes, heroic
themes, sinister themes ETC. Orchestrations, although familiar
(Final Fantasy Tactics), are fresh, keeping the listener intrigued
even during the longest of passages. Together with powerful, passionate
performances, this soundtrack is one of the years best. Another
triumph for Mr. Sakimoto, another triumph for Square, another
triumph designed for the listener.
is owned by Squaresoft.