Arc the Lad Twilight of The Spirits OGS

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Catalog Number: VRCL-4007
Released On: April 23, 2003
Composed By: Masahiro Andoh, Takayuki Hattori, Yuko Fukushima, Koji Sakurai, Takashi Harada
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Village Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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01 - Theme of Arc the Lad
02 - Kharg ~ Soaring Wish
03 - Offense and Defense
04 - Darc ~ Way of the Supreme Ruler
05 - Natural Selection
06 - Mysterious Old Man
07 - Yewbell ~ Balmy Breeze
08 - The Day of Departure
09 - Battle
10 - Escaping
11 - Orcoth ~ Wriggle
12 - Peacefulness
13 - Sparks ~ Advancing Sky Monster
14 - Challenge
15 - Sulfas ~ Liberation
16 - Big Owl ~ Departure
17 - Moonlight
18 - Drakyrnia ~ Proud Loneliness
19 - Attack
20 - Trial
21 - The Audience
22 - Nafia and Windalf ~ Bound Spirit
23 - Spirit Guidance
24 - Cragh Island ~ The People Who Live Along Side Each Other
25 - Truth
26 - Peisus Temple ~ Free From Distracting Thoughts
27 - Sunlight
28 - Fierce Battle
29 - Barbadoth ~ Craving
30 - Wandering Soul
31 - Bloody Battle
32 - Discord
33 - Darkham ~ Reign
34 - Desperate Struggle
35 - Victory
36 - Creeping Oasis
37 - Fateful Fight
38 - Depths of Hell
39 - Stellar Memory
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I have to admit that Iím generally not a big fan of Original Soundtracks as they often suffer from low quality sampling or are restricted by a systemís sound capabilities. As such, I usually tend to prefer arranged soundtracks such as fully orchestral arrangements or other type of arrangement that really bring out the full potential of a composition. However, once in a while comes a game that boasts a great soundtrack that succeeds in matching quality composition with quality sound. Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits is one of those games for me.

Arc the Ladís soundtrack is the work of many different composers and this probably explains the great variety in styles and sound that can be found on this OST. The sound quality is also extremely high as it seems like none of the songs on the OST seem to use the internal Playstation 2 sound chip and it all sounds like it is redbook using real instruments or in some cases some very high-quality samples. From the peaceful, soothing melody of Yewbell, to the militaristic theme of the Dillzweld Empire, to the furious guitar-driven battle music, Arc the Ladís music really seems to fit each environment and situation perfectly.

In terms of instrumentation, this soundtrack has it all. Youíll hear full orchestra, electric guitar, classic guitar, violins, flutes, organ, tribal instruments and even bagpipes. From what I could hear, it seems like 9 songs on the soundtrack were recorded using a full orchestra. However, most of the other songs on the soundtrack also use real instruments here and there that were most likely recorded in a studio. The fact that it is difficult to figure out which songs use real instruments and which ones do not speaks volume about the quality of this soundtrack. Another thing that is decidedly different from most RPGs is the use of electric guitar in many of the songs. By my count, 16 songs on the soundtrack use electric guitar in parts of the song. Most of them are battle themes and for those who donít really like eletric guitar, I wouldnít worry too much because it is not done in a ďhard metalĒ style or anything like that and it is used mostly to complement the songs.

In terms of composition, I thought the quality was very good and you can really hear the difference in style from all the different composers that worked on this soundtrack. Another cool thing is that there is also a big difference in style between the music used for the Kharg portion of the game and the music from the Darc portion of the game (the 2 heroes). It really helps to give each race their own identity and really helps to show how different they are and helps to explain why there is such hatred between the two.

I would definitely recommend this soundtrack to any fan of RPG or game music whether youíve played the game or not. This is definitely some high quality material and although the composers arenít named Uematsu, Mitsuda or Iwadare, itís hard to deny that this soundtrack reaches that same level of quality.

Reviewed by: Eric Farand