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The Legend of Legacy OST
Catalog Number: MNMK-007
Released On: March 18, 2015
Composed By: Masashi Hamauzu
Arranged By: Masashi Hamauzu
Published By: MONOMUSIK
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Buy this album from CD Japan
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Main Theme – Legacy
02 - Avalon
03 - Initium
04 - Ruins in the Forest
05 - Double Dimension Battle
06 - Victory
07 - A Shrine Untouched by Man
08 - Guardian
09 - Defeat
10 - The Singing Rocks
11 - Treasures
12 - Unknowable Truths
13 - Departure
14 - Hidden Forest
15 - Melody of Shadow
16 - Good Night
17 - Dreams
18 - Deserted Village
19 - A Great Calling
43'29"

Disc Two
01 - The Spirit Callers
02 - Fight Against the Unknown
03 - Dungeon in the Desert
04 - The Shipwood
05 - Recapture
06 - Battle with the Dragon
07 - Courage
08 - The Bottomless Depression
09 - A Proof of Existence
10 - Sacred Mountain
11 - City of Solitude
12 - Battle with the Heavenly General
13 - The Star Graal
14 - Forgotten Light
15 - Ending Theme – Travelers' Song
16 - Double Dimension Battle (Short Version)
Total Time:
51'44"

It's difficult to explain why, on most days, when I listen to Unknowable Truths I hear a beautiful, sparkling soundscape, undulating slowly as the melody marches steadily towards resolution, but, on occasion, hear a wanting, underproduced attempt at minimalism. In the same way, I have heard Double Dimension Battle change from a predictable quantity that lacks creative spark to a pulse-heightening jam whose bright brass and eager strings provide satisfying contrast to the heavy, electronic kick drum. Despite complicated feelings for tracks like this, I still hold a curious affection for them.

There are several such conflicting songs on Masahi Hamauzu's Legend of Legacy OST. Though capable, interesting, and at least a little enchanting, they couldn’t consistently hold my attention or adoration. In contrast, City of Solitude is an exceptionally moving song: using a steady pulsing and innocent melody to build into a simple yet breathtaking apex when the deep, electronic kick drum finally enters. Likewise, The Shipwood succeeds in blending several of the album’s distinct styles into a strangely beautiful amalgamation of abstract, chirping sawtooth synths and tense driving percussion. There's a good handful of similar gems, whose luster made the album a truly worthwhile experience for me.

I did, however, find many of Hamauzu's attempts at high energy tracks rather mundane. They aren't clumsy or offensive, but largely fill me with apathy and lack the intrigue that draws me to much of the other music. The only significant exception to that sentiment is Battle With the Heavenly General, whose powerful tension and exuberant jazz guitar make it stand singularly above its peers. It's unfortunate, though, that the mellow tone cultivated in other tracks can make it seem boisterous by comparison.

There's something about this album that touches me on an intrinsic level, even if not all the time, and being unable to fully define it fills me with a certain amount of infatuation. Even now, there are many things about it that I wish I could clearly communicate. I don't know if this is solely a personal phenomenon or a quality of the music, but I encourage you to decide for yourself.

Reviewed by: Davi Tesnovich



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