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Star Ocean: The Second Story Arrange Album

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Catalog Number: FSCA-10056
Released On: November 6, 1998
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba
Arranged By: Motoi Sakuraba
Published By: First Smile Entertainment
Recorded At: HARION Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Silent the universe
02 - Sacred song
03 - Stab the sword of justice
04 - Resolusion ~ Pure a stream
05 - Lavender
06 - Theme of RENA
07 - Integral body and imperfect soul
08 - This fragile life
09 - Mission to the deep space
10 - We form in crystals
Total Time:
61'29"

Note: "Resolusion" is a typo on the tracklist. The error is not made on the OST, but is found for the arrange album's tracklist.

I liked the SO2 original soundtrack...I REALLY liked it. So, what do I think of the arrange album? Let's find out...

First of all, the arrange album isn't too arranged at all. It's still all synth, and a lot of it is taken right out of the OST. Different drum loops are added (this is most obvious in "Sacred Song"), some new synth voices are thrown in, and the tracks are MUCH longer (and there is a difference through each loop of the main theme of each track).

This idea worked out very well on just about every song. Personally, I don't like the arrangements of the ending track (We Form in Crystals) when comparing it to the original. I would've been fine if they left the track exactly the same and put it on again. Instead, they added some drum loops and you can't hear that crazy violin-solo as well in this version. Nonetheless, it's still something new and different, so I will listen to this track from time to time.

An interesting fact on this soundtrack is that it was actually released two weeks BEFORE the original soundtrack...so, Sakuraba was able to pick the "better" tracks to arrange without fan input...which isn't surprising, because all of the tracks picked are REALLY good. If you liked the OST's music (whether or not you even own the OST) this album is for you.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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