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Persona 5 OST

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Catalog Number: LNCM-1175~7
Released On: January 17, 2017
Composed By: Shoji Meguro, Toshiki Konishi, Ryota Koduka, Atsushi Kitajoh, Kenichi Tsuchiya
Arranged By: Shoji Meguro, Toshiki Konishi, Ryota Koduka, Atsushi Kitajoh, Kenichi Tsuchiya
Published By: Mastard Records
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There
02 - Phantom
03 - Escape
04 - Life Will Change
05 - Run Away ~ Arrest
06 - Interrogation Room
07 - Recall ~ Hint
08 - The Poem of Everyone's Souls
09 - Beneath the Mask -instrumental version-
10 - Encounter
11 - To Another World
12 - Tension
13 - Awakening
14 - Will Power
15 - King, Queen and Slave -another version-
16 - King, Queen and Slave
17 - Last Surprise
18 - Talk
19 - Victory
20 - Tokyo Emergency
21 - Confession/SecretA
22 - Confession/Secret -piano version-
23 - Layer Cake
24 - Life Will Change -instrumental version-
25 - Blood of Villain
26 - Blooming Villain
27 - Regret
28 - Collapse of Lust
29 - Beneath the Mask
30 - Everyday Days
31 - Star Forneus
32 - Punch de Ouch
33 - AkaTaro Railway
34 - Gochitera Gang
35 - Hatred Goemon
36 - Professional Golfer Monkey Tabiko
Total Time:
75'25"

Disc Two
01 - Tokyo Delight
02 - Butterfly Kiss
03 - Memntos
04 - Have a Short Rest
05 - Suspicious Person
06 - My Homie
07 - Wicked Plan
08 - A Woman
09 - A Woman -another version-
10 - Sunset Bridge
11 - Days of Sisters
12 - Beneath the Mask -rain-
13 - BAR Yuu Comer
14 - Suspicion
15 - High Pressure
16 - Price
17 - Price -another version-
18 - Keeper of Lust
19 - Life Goes On
20 - Memories of a Summer Day
21 - Going Through the Scorching Desert
22 - The Days When My Mother Was There -another version-
23 - The Days When My Mother Was There
24 - Alleycat
25 - Fall of Anger
26 - Alright -elp version-
27 - New Beginning
28 - Hawaii
29 - Alright
30 - Break it Down -elp version-
31 - The Spirit
32 - What's Going On?
33 - Sweet
34 - Big Bang Burger's March
35 - TRIPLE SEVEN
36 - Crane Game
37 - Planetarium
38 - Electronics Store
39 - Welcome Back! Master♡
40 - Penalty Time
41 - Destiny Land
42 - Dark Net
Total Time:
75'59"

Disc Three
01 - Beneath the Mask -rain, instrumental version-
02 - Break it Down
03 - Is it Boring
04 - Disintegration
05 - Sweatshop
06 - Sweatshop -another version-
07 - RUN, RUN, RUN!
08 - Broadcast Accident
09 - Restlessness
10 - The Whims of Fate
11 - Escape -another version-
12 - Run Away -another version-
13 - Betrayer
14 - Nothingness...?
15 - Trick
16 - Unfamilar Arrogance
17 - Ark
18 - Improvised Song Dedicated to the Next Prime Minister's Ship
19 - Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There -instrumental version-
20 - Rivers In the Desert -instrumental version-
21 - Desire
22 - Rivers in the Desert
23 - Collapse of Arrogance
24 - Freedom and Security
25 - Erosion
26 - Confrontation
27 - Jaldabaoth
28 - Swear to My Bones
29 - Our Beginning
30 - With the Stars and Us -piano version-
31 - With the Stars and Us
32 - With the Stars and Us -opening movie version
Total Time:
75'11"

I've been a fan of Shoji Meguro for as long as I've been a Persona fan. His ability to establish mood through his music is a sound to behold. That said, his jazz has never struck me as very engaging: as a jazz fan, his Reincarnation albums felt like bland, hollow shells of what jazz is meant to be — spontaneous, catchy, and filled with emotion.

It feels like Meguro tuned into my thoughts and took my remarks as a challenge. Persona 5's soundtrack is able to establish its own voice, unique in comparison to its sibling titles, by being an engaging jazz-filled album, all while introducing a new singer to its listeners.

I figured this review would be rather long, but it turns out that this isn't the case. This is because while every track in Persona 5 is a great listen that will have you grooving with pulsing drums and funky basslines, it never really "gets in the way." That is to say, it is first and foremost meant to be an accompaniment to the game itself. As a result, the instrumental tracks are a bit more subdued, and there are fewer vocal tracks than in any other modern Persona game.

"The ones that are there end up being the stars of the show. The game's main theme, "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" establishes the jazzy themes of the album as a whole right off the bat, while "Life Will Change" ramps things up for an exciting violin and guitar-based track.

The series' new singer, Lyn, didn't need much time for me to warm up to her. While I was used to Shihoko Hirata's pop-based lyrics, Lyn's soulful voice matches the vocal tracks of this album. "Last Surprise" showcases this feel well, with its crescendo letting Lyn flex her pipes with an addictive chorus. But it's "Beneath the Mask" that really takes the cake in this regard — the song transports me to a small bar, where I'm sure Lyn is singing her relaxing tunes in the lounge for all to enjoy, her band backing her.

That last point encompasses the album as whole; part of what makes Persona 5's soundtrack so easy to listen to in the background is that the tracks meld together like an impromptu jazz band jam session. Almost every track hits the four-minute mark without ever getting stale or repetitive, and even the ones that don't feel alive, given attention to in a way only Shoji Meguro can provide. The core theme of "grooving" is never really lost, even in more intense tracks like the guitar-heavy "Will Power" or the high-octane "Keeper of Lust." That said, the opener of the album's second disc, "Tokyo Daylight" manages to keep that jam-session vibe going with Lyn's lyrical ad-libs, while still harkening back to the synth-based vibes of Persona 3's soundtrack.

One nagging point I will make is that tracks like "The Whims of Fate" and "Rivers in the Desert," while instrumentally impressive and addictive as per usual, come with lyrics that aren't well-enunciated. It is not a deal-breaker by any means, but it can break the immersion singing along with her, only to have to mutter words that are incomprehensible.

The album culminates with "With the Stars and Us." Like Persona 4's "Never More" before it, it is performed in Japanese, which I believe works in the song's favor, allowing Lyn to really let the emotion flow. It's a seven-minute epic with that traditional soaring Meguro fare, and will more than likely make anyone cry when they hear it after beating the game.

I must admit that this review is rather restrained. It is difficult for me to hold back from heaping praise on all 110 tracks of Persona 5's soundtrack. Every single one has a purpose and establishes a mood. No song feels out of place, and all work to fit into the themes and leitmotifs of the album as a whole. As someone who was not fond of Meguro's Reincarnation albums, it is amazing to me to see how much improvement the composer has made when it comes to composing jazz music. Even if Meguro doesn't strike gold with a genre immediately, he still manages to make improvements and get it right the second time around. I can recommend Persona 5's Original Soundtrack with complete confidence. If you were a fan of the previous Persona albums, you will feel right at home, and if you're a newcomer, you are in for a treat.

Reviewed by: Samer Farag



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