OK. So it's out!
= Meh @ Pain the Universe. This makes me sad because I was reaallly looking forward to this one. I really think it should have owned the HARD ROCK vibe it had going. The synth organ [?] thing did little for me and it had an odd strum kick in every so often. When i thought of a remade Pain the Universe, I think Sakuraba
having that 'hardcore' feeling down much better. This was boss music lite
= The other Legend of Mana tracks were great. In Flames was brilliant, and I loved hearing the Song of Mana in, what it definitely, the most realized version of the opening and main theme. Good to hear the same Swedish singer back on it. I always found the song was...kinda cheesy, but sweet. Anyways, it works beautifully with such a grand orchestra.
...I actually thought In Flames would have really rocked that Latin choir used in the new FF15 theme too.
= Sweet jesus Megalomania did NOT
need lyrics. It *was* a good idea, but I guess the Engr
ish is distracting (maybe they should have stuck with Japanese; or shit, is it that hard to find an English singer in Japan? Get Donna Burke, she's done everything).
The original song is so sharp and precise sounding, adding lyrics just feels like noise on top of a tune good enough without the additions *. In saying that, the karaoke one is more my style. The other Liva a Live song doesn't do much for me either. It's short and cute...maybe playing the game would have changed my mind on how I feel about it.
Not to bring up Sakuraba again (I know people are torn on him here), but I like when he does his Arrange albums he's much more progressive about it adding to themes solos or instrumentals they didn't have before.
= FF15 = KH. Eh. It's more her usual that you've come to expect...but in revealing another *Final Fantasy 15
* track, I guess you gotta go big or go home, you can't play, for example, something that...well, doesn't have the epic Latin or fancy violins. But it's good, but not really hooking me, what, 10 Kingdom Hearts albums in where those types of tunes are a STAPLE. :P
= Great having Mario RPG representation, both tracks were lovely and performed perfectly with that sweet and storybook-y feel.
= Aya's theme on piano?! Lovely. Very dramatic and unique, transferring the more techno vibe of the originally very elegantly.
= I like the diversity of the album, but as a whole, I thought Drammatica was stronger (again, as a whole). That not me saying it's bad, because what I like in Memoria I *loved* instead. Just those few tracks that don't do much. Which is fine, a lot of other albums fare much worse.
*(I'm not a music person to use good terminology here, bear with me)