Soundtrack Reviews: Xenosaga and Short Stuff
07.23.06 - 8:39 PM

What do Nietszche and The O.C. have in common, other than the fact that they both give evidence that life is nothing more than a meaningless struggle for power? Well, thanks to this soundtracks update, they both share the connection of having videogames use them for inspiration. Sort of.

As for "The O.C.", Neal Chandran reviewed the limited edition EP for Dreamfall - The Longest Journey, with music performed by the band "Magnet." Yeah, that's right, the same band that has music featured on The O.C. now has music in a videogame. Kudos to them. Indie pop-rock is the name of the game, so check it out.

Three other single and/or EP-ish soundtracks have been reviewed.

I reviewed the opening and ending theme for Shining Tears, performed by Soichiro Hoshi. It's the first male J-Pop artist I've really liked in a long long while.

I also tackled a promotional item that came with Atelier Iris Grand Fantasm. It's called "Luce ~ Another Fantasm." It's short and sweet.

Now here's a treat. My wife has submitted a reader review, only with a slight bit of coaxing. She has reviewed Motoo Fujiwara's "Song For Tales of the Abyss." Thirteen tracks, thirty minutes. Good times.

Finally, long-time reader-reviewer Ben Schweitzer pulls through with the big headline-grabber for the update. Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra OSBT (the B stands for "Best"). There's where Nietszche comes in. Also, it's where Yuki Kajiura comes in. Beautiful music awaits those who check our real audio samples with this review.

Next update, expect plenty of old, new, popular, and obscure soundtrack reviews!

Patrick Gann

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