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Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~ OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: KDSD-10001/2
Released On: May 19, 2004
Composed By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa, Akira Tsuchiya
Arranged By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa, Akira Tsuchiya, Takashige Inagaki (disc 1 tracks 1, 39)
Published By: Team Entertainment
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Buy this CD from VGM World
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - White Night Imagination
02 - Genesis
03 - Mana, Noisy Time
04 - The Forest of Meeting
05 - IRIS
06 - Town Where the Bells Chime
07 - Revelation ~introduction~
08 - Flask Boy
09 - Fun Shopping in Kavoc
10 - To the Unseen World
11 - Wind Over Time
12 - Alchemic Blast
13 - Winning Shot!
14 - Waterdrop Waltz
15 - Refreshing Power
16 - Popo's Pleasant Money Lecture
17 - The Name Is Beggur!
18 - Bullfight
19 - The Story is Over
20 - Lakeside
21 - Sleeping Reality
22 - Lost Technology
23 - Traveling Companion
24 - The Forest Where the Witch Lives
25 - Cute Witch
26 - Klein and His Pleasant Friends
27 - Break
28 - Spending the Night Together
29 - Miraculous Little Universe
30 - Anchor and Pickaxe
31 - Fun Shopping in Arcose
32 - Hager's Song
33 - Two Funny People
34 - Hot or Cool?
35 - Popcorn Strategy
36 - Looming Crisis
37 - Ferocious Drive
38 - The Path You Walk
39 - White Night Imagination (with SE)
Total Time:
63'24"

Disc Two
01 - Distant Hometown
02 - Beat of Illusion
03 - Crack in the Earth
04 - Konkon Fountain
05 - Village of Snow and Glass
06 - Fun Shopping in Duran
07 - Huge Game Table
08 - And Fate Was Changed
09 - The Way to the Spirit King
10 - Spirit's Hometown
11 - Tree Spirit in the Mist
12 - Eternal Ground
13 - Small Workshop
14 - DO · TA!
15 - Albion
16 - Horned Enigma
17 - Succeed on Earth
18 - Animal Village
19 - Finished!
20 - Phantom Wings
21 - What Was Left Behind
22 - Eternal Eyes
23 - The Tower of No Return
24 - Duke of Stratosphere
25 - Inferno
26 - Frozen Lithograph
27 - Undeveloped Region
28 - Voiceless Poem
29 - A Girl's Memories
30 - Revelation
31 - Whistle
32 - Sadness Is Whisked Away by the Wind
33 - Drive into the Dark
34 - Beat of the Rumbling Earth
35 - Deceitful Wings
36 - Future
37 - To Each Their Own Way
38 - silent rhyme
39 - IRIS (without Voice)
Total Time:
71'37"

When I turned on Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~ for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. This album was my first foray into the long-running series, and I'm definitely glad I took the time to check this soundtrack out. There's a little bit of everything here: Celtic, rock, funk, and it is all done so well. I can't name very many games that can blend different musical styles together into one seamless product. Not only does Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~ do this perfectly, it stands out (in my opinion) as one of the more distinguished RPG albums of 2004. Why would I say something like that, you ask? It's simple: when you hear Atelier Iris, you'll know it's Atelier Iris.

As I turned on the first disc, I was overwhelmed by the pulsating beat of "White Night Fantasy," a beautiful vocal that will invoke you with thought. As the first disc unfolded, I was treated like a king with peaceful tunes like "Fun Shopping in Kavoc" and "A Night Together." Specific tunes like "Cross-Time Wind" reminded me instantly of Chrono Cross with its beautiful violin melody, and the modest "Popo's Pleasant Money Lecture" had me going back to it again and again. But as the first disc progressed, the tracks slowly started to get heavier. "Hot or Cool" had me tapping my toe with its funky bass, and "Hagel's Song" had me scratching my head in confusion as I tried to adjust to the strange macho-man vocals. But the real winner was "Ferocious Drive," a great battle theme full of electric guitar and classic synth. As disc one came to a close, I knew Atelier Iris had much more to offer than it was letting on.

Sure enough, I was right. Disc two is all about the battles and suspense. It starts off with the heavily Celtic "A Far Country," and yet another battle theme, "Beat of Illusion." Eventually, "Huge Game Table" came up and slapped me in the face: this track is probably my favorite on the entire OST. It's got an awesome drumbeat, some nice sampling, and great chords. Some heavier tracks, such as "Horned Enigma" and "Duke of Stratosphere" give you the feeling that the there’s an epic battle taking place. Near the end of the disc, I reached "Deceitful Wings," (which sounds like the final battle track), which featured some familiar themes from earlier tracks and a hard rock style. The OST finally came to a close with "Silent Rhyme," a pop vocal that's got some great chords and a talented vocalist. If there's one thing about this disc, it's that it rocks harder than the first. The first disc focuses mainly on peaceful, uncomplicated melodies, and the second focuses on harder, deeper rhythms and melodies.

Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~ has a fresh sound. Its predecessors have offered up the same style, but this incarnation seems to do it the best. The only downside to some of the tracks is that they are short and sound alike, but they are all so good that it probably won't bother you too much. But, nonetheless, I wholly recommend this album, and I also recommend the Atelier Viorate OST if you like this OST. Pick this album up while you still can.

Reviewed by: Mike Wilson



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