Angel's Present: Marl's Kingdom Story OST

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Catalog Number: TYCY-10044
Released On: February 21, 2001
Composed By: Tenpei Sato
Arranged By: Tenpei Sato
Published By: Toshiba-EMI/Future Land
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Girls, to Arms
02 - Orange Village
03 - Baby Bird
04 - Dreaming Cat
05 - Because We Will Always be Together
06 - Overture
07 - Sabato
08 - Dream Traveler
09 - I am a Cat that Lives for Love
10 - Called by teh Darkness
11 - One Day, We Will Meet
12 - Boy on the Ring
13 - A World Made Just for Us
14 - Eringya Valley
15 - I Don't Believe in Unrequited Love
16 - Closed Space
17 - Cubist Freezer
18 - Miss Marl's Kingdom Contest
19 - Who's Crying Now?
20 - The War-Maiden Smiles
21 - Footsteps of Terror
22 - Emergency
23 - Arabian Beast - The Great and Terrible Wizard King
24 - Thank You
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The third game in the "Marl's Kingdom" series was, in many ways, more of the same. More cutesy characters from NIS, and more cheesy, lovable music from Tenpei Sato. But this time around, Sato's musical style showed a bit of maturity.

Now when I say that, I don't mean that the cutesy-girl vocals are gone. They're here, and they're intact. But the instrumental tracks, the in-game OST stuff, it's really good. Sato's a pretty prolific composer, but I'm used to hearing certain types of songs, with certain instruments, and nothing beyond that. But if you compare this album to previous Marl's Kingdom soundtracks, or to Disgaea, you'll notice that this album has some unique charm to it. Things that Sato doesn't use elsewhere are on this album. "Orange Village," the first town theme, is a striking example. It's a simple song, nice melody, sounds like something that Hisaishi would write for a Miyazaki film. What it doesn't sound like is your average Sato "calm" piece. I guess that's why I like it so much: I wasn't expecting it, and it was a pleasant surprise.

The vocal tracks are really up to one's personal taste. I could withstand the melodic ballads like "Baby Bird," but eccentric vocalists (like in "Sabato") really gave me a headache. I know it's done for personality, and I'm guessing this song was either written for a villain or a really aggravating support character. Either way, I like to skip over this track. Deep-voiced women...yuck. It doesn't work well here.

Sato fans looking for something a little different can rely on the entire "Marl's Kingdom" series, but they can especially rely on this particular soundtrack. Outsiders won't get it, but if you know Sato, and you love Sato, this is a great album to have in your collection.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann