RPGFan


Prescription for Sleep: Lullabies of Mana
Catalog Number: SMRC-1009
Released On: December 1, 2015
Composed By: Hiroki Kikuta
Arranged By: GENTLE LOVE (Norihiko Hibino, Ayaki Saito)
Published By: Scarlet Moon Records
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: Digital
Buy this album from Loudr
Tracklist:

01 - Angel's Fear
02 - Phantom And... A Rose...
03 - Into the Thick of It
04 - The Color of the Summer Sky
05 - Secret of the Arid Sands
06 - What The Forest Taught Me
07 - Spirit of the Night
08 - Calm Before The Storm
09 - A Dark Star
10 - Leave Time For Love
11 - Now Flightless Wings
12 - Memories of Mana
Total Time:
94'53"

I've had mixed feelings about Gentle Love's Prescription for Sleep albums in the past; the arrangements were rather pleasant, but I found the use of different source material for every track to be jarring. The style of music was consistent, sure, but the way each track would put me in a different headspace proved counterintuitive to the intended relaxing nature of the albums. As a result, when I learned that their latest album would focus exclusively on Hiroki Kikuta's Seiken Densetsu 2 OST, I became much more interested.

In that way, I may have set my expectations a little high. Secret of Mana was very dear to me at a formative age, and the music still brings with it memories of a time that I've otherwise forgotten. I had a clear, personal vision of what I wanted from an album entitled "Lullabies of Mana," especially considering my previous exposure to Gentle Love's arrangements. Even as I worried that I had overhyped myself, the album thoroughly enchanted me with its peaceful meandering.

I was surprised at how successful the arrangements were utilizing only a piano and saxophone combo, although the expert application of ambient sound in "Memories of Mana" makes me wish they would have made use of it elsewhere as well. The track selection also left nothing to be desired, even if I'm dubious as to the use of "The Color of the Summer Sky." It was remarkable, after listening, how satisfying and complete this homage felt.

Perhaps most valuable to me is the way the music encourages you to adapt to its pace. Aside from a few bars of excited saxophone, I found my experience to be very meditative, even when the piano tries to steal the show with some excellent accidentals. In a world of overexposure and instant gratification, it's wonderful to be reminded in such a pleasant way to slow down sometimes.

Reviewed by: Davi Tesnovich



Back




Twitch Schedule & Status

Grandia
Sunday, November 19 • 10am PST/1pm EST

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Mondays • 6pm PST/9pm EST

Vandal Hearts
Tuesdays • 12pm PST/3pm EST

Final Fantasy VI
Thursdays and Fridays • 3pm PST/6pm EST

Xenosaga Episode III
Tues-Wed-Thu • 7pm PST/10pm EST
Saturdays • 5pm PST/8pm EST

Featured Content
Fire Emblem Warriors Review
Fire Emblem Warriors
Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Preview
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Hands-On Preview
Retro Encounter 109: Final Fantasy IX
Retro Encounter 109: Final Fantasy IX
Podcast
Path of Exile: War for the Atlas Preview
Path of Exile: War for the Atlas
Preview
The Journey Down - Chapter Three Review
The Journey Down - Chapter Three
Review
The Fruit of Grisaia Review
The Fruit of Grisaia
Review
Exist Archive -The other Side of the Sky- OST Review
Exist Archive -The other Side of the Sky- OST
Review