Spectral Force Genesis OST
Catalog Number: SFDS-00531-2
Released On: June 19, 2008
Composed By: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Seiichi Takamoto, Daisuke Miyake
Arranged By: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Seiichi Takamoto, Daisuke Miyake
Published By: Idea Factory
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - To a Former Friend
02 - To a Former Friend (recorded DS)
03 - It Wasn't Supposed to Be Like This
04 - It Wasn't Supposed to Be Like This (recorded DS)
05 - Neverland
06 - Neverland (recorded DS)
07 - World Map
08 - World Map (recorded DS)
09 - Lead Them to Us!
10 - Lead Them to Us! (recorded DS)
11 - Triumphal Return
12 - Triumphal Return (recorded DS)
13 - Hope
14 - Hope (recorded DS)
15 - Mistake
16 - Mistake (recorded DS)
17 - That Which is Dispersed
18 - That Which is Dispersed (recorded DS)
19 - Shout of the Victor
20 - Shout of the Victor (recorded DS)
21 - Little Person
22 - Little Person (recorded DS)
23 - A New Hero
24 - A New Hero (recorded DS)
25 - New History
26 - New History (recorded DS)
27 - Prologue to a New History
28 - Prologue to a New History (recorded DS)
29 - Fighters
30 - Fighters (recorded DS)
31 - A Smiling Face on the Battleground
32 - A Smiling Face on the Battleground (recorded DS)
33 - Oh Supreme Leader, Let's Defeat Our Own
34 - Oh Supreme Leader, Let's Defeat Our Own (recorded DS)
35 - Only the Vanquished
36 - Only the Vanquished (recorded DS)
37 - Flying Dragon
38 - Flying Dragon (recorded DS)
39 - One Who Stands in My Way
40 - One Who Stands in My Way (recorded DS)
41 - One Who Will be Remembered in History
42 - One Who Will be Remembered in History (recorded DS)
43 - History Goes On
44 - History Goes On (recorded DS)
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For Spectral Force Genesis on the DS, a new sound team was contracted to do the music (in place of Kenji Kaneko and other Idea Factory regulars). Now, the soundtrack CD was a promotional item that came with the game (hence the disc being the closest thing to "cover art" we have).

The track layout for this soundtrack is interesting, to say the least. It's become common for DS OSTs to have the music as it was originally created, plus the music as it sounds on the DS (usually a downgrade). But when you do that, most people will split the soundtrack into two sections (if possible, into two separate discs). In this case, however, we get to play the comparison game every few minutes. You get the same 22 songs twice in a row, once as the original music, then as the "in-game DS" music. I'm note sure who came up with this idea, but it certainly is a strange way to present the music.

As far as the compositions go, this is surprisingly good stuff, particularly for the Spectral Force series. There's some great "serious/sacred event" music that sounds like an updated version of something from Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger. I wasn't expecting such high quality from this soundtrack, but there it is. This group of composers deserves to be praised for it, and I guess it's my job to give that praise.

For comparison between the original audio and the DS audio, I recommend listening to tracks 21 and 22. Both are very good, and even the DS version sounds cool, but you can hear that tinny sound that's typical of DS-produced audio. It's far better than early DS games from late 2005 and early 2006, but it still has that undesired compression buried in there. Listen for it.

Fans looking for "oldschool" style RPG music in a new game would do well to try and locate this soundtrack. I'm happy to have had the chance to hear it. If only it had a retail release... (you wouldn't believe how many times I've had to say that about a promotional soundtrack).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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