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Professor Layton and Pandora's Box OST
Catalog Number: PKCF-1008
Released On: December 24, 2008
Composed By: Tomohito Nishiura, Ryoki Matsumoto
Arranged By: Tomohito Nishiura, Norihito Sumitomo
Published By: Frame
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

Original Version
01 - Theme of Pandora's Box
02 - London
03 - Puzzles 2
04 - Molentary Express
05 - Suspense
06 - Drop Stone
07 - A Disquieting Atmosphere
08 - Folsense
09 - The History of the Village
10 - A Moment of Rest
11 - Lost Forest
12 - To the Darkness
13 - Unfulfilled Feelings
14 - Dignity of a Castle
15 - Dance in the Dreams
16 - The Village of Truth
17 - iris ~ Music Box ver.
Live Version
18 - Theme of Pandora's Box
19 - Folsense
20 - Don Paolo's Theme
21 - A Moment of Rest
High Quality Version
22 - The History of the Village
23 - Lost Forest
24 - Dignity of a Castle
Total Time:
74'14"

Why do I suddenly feel like I'm in France?

...It must be all the accordion and orgel (music boxes) coming from this CD I bought. Professor Layton and Pandora's Box, eh? Who would've expected Tomohito Nishiura (Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy) to compose such traditional, Western European pieces? The man is good at bringing ethnic diversity to the table, but we are quick to assume "ethnic" equals African drums, traditional East Asian flutes and strings, maybe some Mediterranean or Arabic melodic structure. And Nishiura delivered in previous games, pulling out all the stops to create a very diverse landscape.

But Professor Layton is a decidedly European game. Early Industrial Revolution era Britain and France immediately come to mind. And certainly, developer Level 5 did have past exposure to a "French" game with the alternate-history strategy RPG "Jeanne d'Arc" released for the PSP before this trilogy came about. But there was very little "provincial" about that soundtrack. In turn, this soundtrack is very nearly the definition of provincial. So if you're ready to sit down at a cafe and have a croissant, while playing a Nintendo DS, this is the soundtrack for you.

What sells this album to me as a good album release is, honestly, the last 7 tracks, where are all arranged. Four are performed live, and the last three are "high quality" (but still synth) arrangements. All three of the Layton OSTs have these bonus tracks, and they are truly enjoyable additions to the repertoire. The live version of "A Moment's Rest" is almost as good as the opening (title) track! Pretty fancy stuff right there, my friend.

At 75 minutes, this one disc is packed with goodies, though one might also argue that it's packed with filler. The DS sound source isn't that great, but the arranged tracks (particularly the live tracks) tend to make up for it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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