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Jeanne d'Arc OST

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Catalog Number: KDSD-00123
Released On: January 24, 2007
Composed By: Takeshi Inoue
Arranged By: Takeshi Inoue
Published By: Team Entertainment
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Main Theme
02 - Plain
03 - Canyon
04 - Trap
05 - Streets of Paris
06 - Jeanne Lian
07 - Dangerous Invitation
08 - Elf
09 - Capture the Fort
10 - Defend the Fort
11 - Forest of Night
12 - Cathedral
13 - Last Battle
14 - Victory Theme
15 - Defeat
16 - Enemy Attack
17 - Enemy Counterattack
18 - Enemy Counterblow
19 - Enemy Threat
20 - Battle Preparations
21 - Synthetic Cattail
22 - Locus
23 - Reminiscence
24 - Silence
25 - Premonition
26 - Shock
27 - Henry's Theme
28 - Bedford's Theme
29 - Three Groups of Human Beasts
30 - Talbot's Theme
31 - Solitary Journey
32 - Village Feast
33 - Coronation
34 - Before the Stake
35 - Roger's Awakening
36 - A Wish Outside Paris' Palace
37 - To the Town of Domrémy
38 - Ending
39 - ~Prayer (Refrain)
Total Time:
65'03"

Level 5's first PSP project is, strangely, a re-telling of the life and events of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc). Though I regularly trust Level 5, and have really enjoyed music from their usual composer (Tomohito Nishiura), I was surprised to see a new face (Takeshi Inoue) accompany this new project. Despite the change in composers, I purchased the album trusting that Team Entertainment would make good on their general reliability (they publish good stuff almost always).

The bad news? Like the generic nature of the game (essentially an FF Tactics knock-off), the music was rather bland.

My first complaint: where is the variety in rhythm? Other than the opening track, the first half of the album is entirely in 4/4. It was driving me crazy, and around track 18, I said to myself, "if only they'd switch to...I don't know, 3/4!" Be careful what you wish for. The album is in 3/4 for the entire second half of the album.

Next complaint: where is the variety in instrumentation? The primary instrument for this entire soundtrack is the orgel (the music box sound), with some synth horns and strings coming in a close second and third.

Complaint numero three-o: where is the variety in melodic pattern? Most of these songs are minimalist; at best, they can weave you into a trance-like state, but mostly, they bore you. After a few listens, I relegated this album to "sleep-time music," and I rarely made it to past track 10 before entering my VGM-induced sleep.

Final complaint: the PSP is capable of using streamed audio; and while I'm not demanding that they do this (I love synth), the sound quality could have been a lot better than it was.

My overall impression is that this soundtrack was rushed together to be mixed into what is a very generic Tactical RPG. It's really a shame, coming from Level 5. And, since this is the first work I've ever heard from Takeshi Inoue, I'm tempted to label Inoue-san an amateur; first impression do count after all! But, I'll hold out hope for the future since I'm such an optimist.

This soundtrack will probably fade into obscurity, and it will be better off that way. It has a few good spots, but most of it is, dare I say it: FILLER MUSIC (dun dun daaaa). Unless you were already set on buying it, I'd not consider it a high priority for collectors.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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