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Misty Blue

[back cover]
Catalog Number: ALCA-123
Released On: April 21, 1991
Composed By: Yuzo Koshiro
Arranged By: Yuzo Koshiro
Published By: Alfa Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Misty Blue
01 - In the morning
02 - Broken beats
03 - Opening
04 - Lovers
05 - Doubt
06 - Don't you know that
07 - Illusion
08 - I wanna close to you
09 - Misty Blue
10 - Hold me tonight
11 - Dancing heart
12 - Catch the step
13 - Theme of enix quest
14 - Escape
Actraiser
-Sound Board II Version-
15 - Filmoa
16 - In the castle
17 - Boss fight
18 - Minotaur
19 - Blood Pool ~ Casandora
20 - Ordeal of God
21 - Wilderness
22 - Endless Venture
23 - The Beast Appears
24 - Flight
25 - Seven Demons
26 - Sacrifices
27 - Jungle
28 - Space Flight
Total Time:
50'23"

I don't know how I got suckered into marrying a man whose primary hobby is listening to videogame music...but I did, and as a result, I am regularly listening to the stuff. I was recently browsing through the old collection when I chanced upon a name that I thought was pretty, so I decided to give the soundtrack a listen.

The soundtrack was for "Misty Blue," an extremely old graphic adventure from Enix. The songs are written by Yuzo Koshiro, who (I'm told) is a pretty big name in classic videogame scores. As a matter of fact, the second half of this soundtrack is tacked-on music from his hit "Actraiser" (the versions of the songs are different from the SNES version...they sound like an Arcade game soundtrack, but my husband says the game never went to arcade).

The whole album starts at a pretty slow pace, with simple melodies and such, then begins to build momentum. The faster songs have an "old school hiphop/groove" style going, and the other pieces are more lighthearted, upbeat, interesting, with a "dance party techno" sound. Misty Blue's soundtrack doesn't have much variation in style, though I did like the synths used for the harpsichord, piano, and percussion.

What I really hated about the album was the use of fadeout...I wanted clear endings. My husband has mocked me for having a problem with this, a feature used in nearly every videogame OST (because the songs can loop endlessly in a game), but I really do prefer definite end points.

The Actraiser tunes are okay, but they are inferior to the original music (which was released on its own before this album was published). Personally, I liked the Misty Blue side more, but even so, it's not a great album in my opinion.

Also, "I wanna close to you"...?!? I wanna BE close, or GET close, or even STAY close, but someone who knows English really ought to fill in the blank on that one!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Gann



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