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Gyakuten Saiban 6 OST
Catalog Number: CPCA-10417~8
Released On: July 13, 2016
Composed By: Noriyuki Iwadare, Toshihiko Horiyama, Masami Onodera, Masakazu Sugimori, Akemi Kimura
Arranged By: Noriyuki Iwadare, Masami Onodera
Published By: Suleputer
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - A Quiet Prayer
02 - Spirit of Justice ~ Prologue
03 - Khura'inese Towns ~ A Rambling Travel
04 - Defendant Lobby ~ Prelude to the Revolution
05 - Spirit of Justice ~ Court Begins Abroad
06 - Logic Construct
07 - Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2016
08 - The Dance of Devotion
09 - Divination Séance ~ Last Sights
10 - Divination Séance ~ The Spirit's Accusation
11 - Phoenix Wright ~ Objection! 2016
12 - Andistan'dhin ~ Ethnic Music
13 - Andistan'dhin ~ Head-Banging
14 - Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2016
15 - Pursuit ~ Cornering Together
16 - Confess the Truth 2016
17 - Jingle ~ Take a Breather
18 - Troupe Gramarye 2016
19 - It's show time!
20 - Investigation ~ Opening 2016
21 - Ema Skye ~ The Scientific Detective 2016
22 - Detention Center ~ Cold-Glass Elegy
23 - Investigation ~ Core 2016
24 - Defendant Lobby ~ Prelude to the Truth
25 - Spirit of Justice ~ Court Begins
26 - Nahyuta ~ The Last Rites Prosecutor
27 - The Basics of the Case
28 - Apollo Justice ~ A New Chapter of Trials! 2016
29 - Mr. Reus ~ The Masked Magician
30 - Reminiscing ~ Smile, No Matter What
31 - The Holy Mother ~ Teachings of Khura'in
32 - Cheerful People
33 - Sanctuary
34 - Maya Fey ~ Turnabout Sisters' Theme 2016
35 - Investigation ~ Opening Abroad
Total Time:
78'38"

Disc Two
01 - Lady Kee'ra ~ Guardian of Khura'in
02 - Rayfa Padma Khura'in ~ The Unyielding Medium Princess
03 - The Revolutionaries ~ Dragons of Rebellion
04 - Detention Center ~ Iron-Bar Elegy
05 - Investigation ~ Core Abroad
06 - Reminiscing ~ A Final Conversation
07 - The Plumed Punisher: Warrior of Neo Twilight Realm
08 - Reminiscing ~ Farewell, Once Again
09 - Strange People
10 - Uendo Toneido ~ The Laughing Typhoon
11 - Athena Cykes ~ Courtroom Révolutionnaire 2016
12 - Reminiscing ~ Each Of Their Feelings
13 - Dhurke ~ A Dragon Never Yields
14 - Kurain Village 2016
15 - Paul Atishon ~ A Clean Vote
16 - Audience Chamber
17 - Courtroom Revolution ~ Gather Under The Flag
18 - The Woman Freed
19 - A Cornered Heart
20 - The Court of Resignation
21 - Pursuit ~ Cornering Together (Variation)
22 - Reminiscing ~ Inherited Hopes
23 - Won the Case! Each Of Their Victories
24 - Spirit of Justice ~ Epilogue
25 - Ellen Wyatt ~ Walking Down The Aisle
26 - Larry Butz ~ When Something Smells, It's Usually Me 2016
27 - Will you marry me?
Total Time:
77'50"

It's no surprise that an Ace Attorney soundtrack is spooky, considering all the murder, lies, deceit, and ghosts in every game. But with the sixth main installment of the series featuring a story so heavy with ghosts, death, spiritual possession, political corruption, and a constant fear for your life, the composing team of Noriyuki Iwadare, Toshihiko Horiyama, and Masami Onodera had to raise their bone-chilling bar. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is, by far, the spookiest soundtrack of the series yet.

The eeriness of the soundtrack is due to the new setting of the corrupt Kingdom of Khura'in and its legal system heavily influenced by communication with the dead. Spirit channeling is not unfamiliar to Phoenix's career, but it carries a different weight in a court where a guilty verdict results in the death penalty for both defendant and lawyer. An essential piece of evidence in Khura'in's court proceedings is the Divination Séance, where the victim's last moments are revealed for all to see. Witnessing a gruesome murder first-hand is already terrifying; hearing the ominous "Divination Séance ~ Last Sights" alongside it… I had to turn on all the lights in the room!

The intensity of the totalitarian Kingdom of Khura'in elevates Ace Attorney's usual dramatic flair even more. "Phoenix Wright ~ Objection! 2016" is so much more relieving and exciting to hear when you've narrowly escaped death. "Dhurke ~ A Dragon Never Yields", the theme of Dhurke and his Rebels, is robust, bombastic, righteous. Melancholy songs like "Reminiscing ~ Farewell, Once Again" are that much more tear-jerking when you can't save the life of a loved one. And believe me, you'll be bawling by the end of your stay in this holy land.

As expected, this new country also invites new instruments to the Ace Attorney library. Khura'in culture seems to be a mixture of traditional Japanese culture with South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Taiko, koto, shamisen, and fue have been featured in previous Ace Attorney games, like in Mystic Maya's home of Kurain Village and in Dual Destinies' Nine-Tails Vale. But this is the first time these traditional Japanese instruments have been accompanied by chanting and sitars, as shown most obviously in "The Dance of Devotion." The blend of instruments and cultures is divine.

The soundtrack of Spirit of Justice is unlike any other in the Ace Attorney series. From overall tone to specific techniques, it's different, new, unique. But purists, don't worry! The scoring is still our favorite Ace Attorney melodies and style. Iwadare, Horiyama, and Onodera do a fantastic job exploring new horizons while sticking true to home.

Reviewed by: Brigid Choi



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