Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny Bonus Soundtrack

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Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: April 25, 2006
Composed By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa
Arranged By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa, Saitama Saishu Heiki (14)
Published By: NIS America
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Eternal Story (Opening Theme Song)
02 - Ties
03 - Go! Go! Novice Alchemist
04 - Land on the Winds
05 - Tree Spirit Tumbling
06 - Her Store is a Big Success?
07 - Ask a Fool in Time of Need
08 - Boy in the Fields
09 - Shine, My Sword
10 - Mountain without a Path
11 - Corridors of the Sky
12 - Truth
13 - Carmine
14 - Deceitful Wings
15 - Welcome to Atelier Iris
16 - Popo
17 - Seaside Highway
18 - Shopping with You
19 - MANA
20 - Before you Leave
21 - Snowy Night
22 - The Path You Walk ~remix~
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In what has become tradition from NIS America, the preorder bonus of a special soundtrack happened once again with Atelier Iris 2. The moment I saw the tracklist, I immediately recognized it as a track-for-track reprint of the Japanese bonus "Soundtrack Book" for AI2. That made things easier for me to review the soundtrack.

The first 13 songs are a "best of" Atelier Iris 2. The songs picked aren't my all-time favorites, but there are definitely some good ones on here, including the opening song, the standard battle theme, and some of the better environment tunes. However, that's not the real treat. Listen to this...

Tracks 14 through 22 are all from the first Atelier Iris, and to make things even better, they are all exclusive arranged tracks! Track 14 is even done by S.S.H., which was the precursor to the "Deceitful Wings" arranged album.

I'm a big fan of these new arranged tracks. They aren't too different from the original versions found on the old OST, but there's enough of a difference to make the songs fun and exciting for AI fans. Having two vocal tracks at the end is a nice touch too.

If you missed out on this preorder bonus, your only hope is eBay and similar trading/selling forums. If you're not an importer, but you like the Atelier music, this might be the best soundtrack you can get.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann