Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles OST
Catalog Number: PCCG-00613
Released On: August 20, 2003
Composed By: Kumi Tanioka, Nobuo Uematsu, Hidenori Iwasaki
Arranged By: Kumi Tanioka, Kumiko Takara, Warehouse, Hidenori Iwasaki
Published By: Pony Canyon
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
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Disc One
01 - Echo of Memories
02 - Sound of the Wind
03 - Serenity
04 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
05 - Village of Origin
06 - Caravan Crossroad
07 - Departure
08 - Clouds Reflected on the River Surface
09 - Dreaming of Twilight
10 - Hammers Ringing on the Mountain Pass
11 - Within the Dark Sorrow
12 - Prosperity and Tradition
13 - Axe Spirit, Evil Spirit
14 - Three People Together...?
15 - Eternal Oath
16 - The Legend Ends
17 - Everything Magiga
18 - Amidatti, and Also Eleonor
19 - Promised Grace
20 - Gentle Blowing Breeze
21 - Voice of Wind, Song of Time
22 - Goblin Fortress
23 - Preparation Decision
24 - Monster Dance ~Rondo~
25 - Water of Life
26 - I'm Moglie
27 - Nostalgic Face
28 - Annual Festival
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Disc Two
01 - Endless Sky
02 - Only Merely Pushing Forward
03 - My House
04 - Looking at the Ocean
05 - Someone's Heart is Burning Inside
06 - The Body is Left "Freely"
07 - Treasure Sleeping in the Sand
08 - Light...!
09 - Aiming Towards the New World
10 - Strong Sorrow
11 - Always Smiling
12 - The Northern Sky is Clearing
13 - Magmel
14 - Across the Divide
15 - Resounding Sound in my Mind
16 - Light and Dark
17 - We Will Not Forget...
18 - Sad Monster
19 - Unite, Descent
20 - The Crystal's Successor
21 - Thoroughly Blue
22 - Starry Moonlit Night
23 - Orgel of Water
24 - Starry Moonlit Night (arranged)
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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles belongs in a genre of its own right. I give the composer, Kumi Tanioka a vast amount of credit for composing an entire soundtrack with instrumentation based upon what she calls ďancient instrumentsĒ, ones that were popular during medieval and renaissance times but have faded out of mainstream listening, you wonít find trumpets, celestas and saxophones on this score- instead youíll find shawms, recorders, gemshorns, serpents and pan pipes.

Interestingly enough, it suits the score just fine, though to be frank- hearing solely harps, pipes and krumhorns can be a little exhausting after a while- especially when youíre used to the Final Fantasy name bringing a more powerful voice, still the compositions are light-heartedly delightful and are successful in providing imagery of renaissance times.

The counterpoint is a little harder to follow since the pieces are based upon the musical idealisms and practices of the renaissance time frame. Many tracks will begin with percussion, especially on the last two beats of the measure. Generally speaking, the lower instruments will come first setting up the melody, followed by the higher pitched ones providing a harmony, or doubling until the bridge- then back to the beginning. It becomes fairly predictable as you listen to it, but no less diminishing to what Kumi was trying to accomplish- itís also interesting to hear a decidedly Asian flavor to the pieces.

Of my personal favorites, Track 19 on Disc 1 beats them all- initially set up with some krumhorns, shawms and typical percussion, it evolves into a little flute duet with some surprising chord changes. I also really liked Track 21 as it made excellent use of sound effects with the gentle airy chimes and bells.

Disc 2 features a few new differences (which is good because hearing 20 more tracks with a guitar and ancient woodwinds would get a little tedious). Track 4 especially seems out of place bearing almost no similarity to Kumiís style- itís dark and haunting with eerie vocal chords and a steady percussion with almost no discernable melody and an odd sounding shawm. As Disc 2 progresses, the melodies do become increasingly more complex and you can imagine that the story unfolding is becoming more serious- also of note is Track 15 which sounds decidedly avant guarde with its strange piano note placements- if I ever get around to playing the game, it will be interesting to see what was going on during them. The soundtrack has a few vocal tracks which generally follow suit with the instrumentation: pretty, renaissance themed, always over a gentle background.

This soundtrack is a good one, especially if youíre a fan of Enya. The music is fun, extremely well written and interesting to hear as you can listen to the forefathers of our popular instruments today. Iím not sure it itís intentional or not, but if you listen very closely, two tracks actually boast snippets of the infamous harp arpeggio that goes hand in hand with the Final Fantasy name.

Reviewed by: Daniel Space