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Catalog Number: SVWC-7056
Released On: March 8, 2000
Composed By: Tetsuo Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Sahashi, Yoshifumi Iio
Arranged By: Tetsuo Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Sahashi, Yoshifumi Iio
Published By: SPE Visual Works
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Beginning of the Adventure
02 - Little Flower
03 - Title
04 - Basqual
05 - Grasslands
06 - Repentance
07 - Mansel Village
08 - Country of the Dragons
09 - The Fun Circus
10 - Charm of the Circus
11 - Sea-Front Street
12 - Romarna Castle
13 - Battle & Battle II
14 - Country of the Gods
15 - Green Notes Revival
16 - The Fairy Tribe
17 - And Once More
18 - Maira's Temple
19 - Battle with Maira
20 - Decisive Battle
21 - Narcia's Feelings
22 - Star Story
23 - Elena
24 - Jilva
25 - Leona
26 - Kimen Doji
27 - Kimen Doji's Past
28 - Roshimoff
29 - Excuse Me, Sir
30 - Gilbert
31 - Monkey Salsa
32 - Boxy
33 - Zull
34 - Garp
35 - Gorg
36 - The Great Lord Julius
37 - Balbaran
38 - Maira
39 - Little Flower Inst. Version
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It's a shame that American gamers never got to experience the PoPoLoCRoIS series (variant capitalization rules: one can also find PopoloCrois or simply Popolocrois). This cute, fairy-tale game for the PlayStation presented a fun, light-hearted yet adventurous story to gamers. I myself never got to play it, only hearing about the title's merits second-hand from another gamer. Fortunately, I managed to nab the games' soundtracks and quickly fell in love. In particular, PoPoLoCRoIS Story II was exceptional. The album, composed by Tetsuo Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Sahashi, and Yoshifumi Ito, contains tracks that are both versatile and emotionally evocative throughout.

It is rare that I get hooked on a song, but this album did it with the title track, Chiisana Hana (Little Flower). The vocal song, reprised in a world music/celtic fashion by Ronan Brown on his Melodies of Love CD, is infinitely more beautiful in its original form. The song is so darn sweet! Of course, that isn't the album's only merit; Sea Front Street, with its harmonica and 80s-style synth is lots of fun and evokes images of lazy days.

The Battle & Battle II medley seems to run the gamut of 80s/90s battle theme variations, which I appreciate very much, being a fan of nostalgia. Kimen Doji's theme and Kimen Doji's Past provide the requisite traditional Japanese atmosphere, complete with koto/shamisen.

Most of the other tracks on this album are short - many under a minute - but are just plain fun! PoPoLoCRoIS was meant to be a light hearted game, and the soundtrack adequately reflects that. Although the album does have its share of mediocre tracks (such as Country of Dragons), overall this is an album that just makes you feel happy while listening to it.

If you can find it, PoPoLoCRoIS Story II makes an excellent addition to any game soundtrack library. Even thought the game is dated, the soundtrack is fun and contains its share of really beautiful tunes. Definitely a good choice for anyone who wants to smile.

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas


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