Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter OST

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Catalog Number: CPCA-1067/8
Released On: December 21, 2002
Composed By: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Chihiro Onitsuka (2-15)
Arranged By: Hitoshi Sakimoto
Published By: Suleputer
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs

Disc One
01 - Breath of Fire V Dragon Quarter -Opening Animation-
02 - The Beginning
03 - Kind Friends
04 - Ranger Base
05 - Low Layer Area
06 - Lift
07 - Going Out to See the Sky
08 - Victory Party
09 - Bio Public Corporation
10 - Origin
11 - Attack
12 - Waste Abandonment Pit
13 - The Strong Enemy
14 - Small Departures
15 - The 1st Decision
16 - The Lowest Layer Area
17 - Conquring the World
18 - A Sad Memory
19 - Symptom
20 - Imminent Crisis
21 - Industrial Area
22 - Sad Color
23 - Out of Mind
24 - Sign
25 - There is no Regret
26 - At Ease
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Disc Two
01 - The Middle Layer Area
02 - Commerce Disposal Area
03 - Trinity Pit
04 - A Remaining Trace
05 - Life Line
06 - The Upper Layer Area
07 - Electricity Supply Building
08 - A Moment of Joy
09 - The Center Ministry Area
10 - Calling from a Distance
11 - Seeing Again
12 - Lost Hope for Tomorrow
13 - Sealed
14 - Ending
15 - Castle - Imitation (Breath of Fire V Dragon Quarter)
16 - Silver Sound
17 - The More You Dig, The More...
18 - Going With a Smile
19 - Kokon Hore
20 - Prologue
21 - The Way It Should Be
22 - Escaping from NOW
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Yasunori Mitsuda and Hitoshi Sakimoto. Not many can think of a better team of collaborators for a project. Now, throw the acclaimed Breath of Fire series into the mix. Surely it can be said there's magic at work. Mitsuda, who is renowned for his work on Chrono Cross and Xenogears; Sakimoto, who left unforgettable tracks with the revered Final Fantasy Tactics; and Breath of Fire, which has following some role playing gamers' through their youth and grown along side them. It goes without saying that the announcement of Mitsuda and Sakimoto's joint effort on the newest installment in the series, Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter, would result in one of the most epic-sounding musical scores to a game ever. Suffice it to say, such beliefs are true.

Hitoshi Sakimoto's distinct sounds is apparent right off the bat. Several tracks bleed with Final Fantasy Tactics reminiscence. However, they also carry a more mature sound to them, as if the score had grown up as well. In addition, a mighty slew of tracks that sound only vaguely reminiscent of any of his previous works make up the majority of the album. No one piece can be traced to cultural or ethnical roots, and other than a single vocal track, the compositions are synthesized, a series of ambient sounds accompanied by fierce, compelling drum loops. Despite a lack of diversity among the "sounds" in this music (that is, the absence of varying instruments that can be found in many of Mitsuda's works), the soundtrack nevertheless wields an impressive ability to invoke the emotions within the listener, such as sorrow in some of the more melodic tracks, or even urgency as in the more intense songs.

Unfortunately, Mitsuda's role in this project was kept solely to director. He played no part in the composition of these pieces, but lent his expertise in the form of guidance and advice, ensuring that every track Sakimoto produced was his best; Mitsuda is well-known for his relentless conviction during the creation of a game's score. Whether or not Mitsuda pressured him, Sakimoto pulled through with some of this best work to date, offering music that will hopefully accompany scenes as memorable as these pieces.

Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter's OST emanates an epic feel, and is a must-buy for any music lovers who enjoy passionate, movie-caliber quality in their RPG soundtracks. The album has become a favorite, and hopefully the game it represents will fall under the same luck, as well.

Reviewed by: Christopher Holzworth