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Stella Deus OST

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Catalog Number: SVWC-7215 (reprint SVWC-1023)
Released On: October 6, 2004 (reprint October 26, 2005)
Composed By: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata
Arranged By: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata
Published By: Aniplex
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Buy this CD from Game Music Online
Tracklist:

01 - Alchemy (Man's Theme)
02 - Name Entry
03 - Situation Explanation
04 - Requiem
05 - Energetic Music
06 - The Supreme Ruler's Army
07 - Activity Time
08 - Mission Clear
09 - Danger
10 - Conspiracy
11 - World Map
12 - Shop
13 - Guild
14 - Save/Load Screen
15 - Tutorial
16 - A Cheerful Mood
17 - Main Battle Music
18 - Everyday
19 - A Formidable Foe
20 - Game Over
21 - Heroine's Theme
22 - Reminiscence of the Past Music
23 - Prince of a Ruined Country
24 - Apostle of the Light
25 - A Turning Point
26 - Theme of the Religious Order
27 - An Oppressed Mood
28 - An Unfavorable Situation
29 - While Feeling Doubt
30 - Infiltration
31 - Holy Kingdom
32 - Disciple of the Dark
33 - Vize
34 - Nature
35 - The Four Elemental Spirits
36 - Ruins of the Forbidden
37 - Ancient God
38 - Highlands
39 - Decisive Battle
40 - March of Heroes
41 - Epilogue
42 - Holy Spirit (Spirit's Theme)
Total Time:
59'55"

Note: The year 2005 reprint from Aniplex was made for the purpose of releasing a disc without the controversial "Label Gate" copy protection software, as the original version had come with this software.

Atlus' pseudo-sequel to Hoshigami, Stella Deus, made waves in Japan with gameplay and storyline that has been the first to rival Final Fantasy Tactics over the last five years. Of course, when I say "rival", I may also say "clone": especially in regards to the music, done by the same composers, the classic tag-team comprising of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaaharu Iwata.

If you've listened to the Final Fantasy Tactics OST and enjoyed it, then you should not be surprised to find out that you will also enjoy the Stella Deus OST. This music is on par, but it's quite fresh to the ears of one who hasn't heard music of this sort composed for years.

For those among us that are somehow unaware of what I call the "Sakimoto strategy RPG style", expect to hear the most incredible synthesized music of your life: it is as close to "real, live instrument" as you can get without actually recording the live instrument. Sakimoto and Iwata are uncompromising in their use of these incredible synth sounds: harp, strings, orchestra, horns, brass, booming percussion, light percussion: it's all there.

The compositions are also beautiful. I haven't even played Stella Deus, yet I know that not only is the music composed with a mark of genius, but the music will also make for wonderful background music in the game (many have already experienced the joy of playing the game and hearing the music, and I am envious). Not only do we have 41 beautiful instrumental pieces, but Sakimoto and Iwata venture into a place they usually don't go: vocals. The ending track is a female vocal piece that is anything but bland: the structure of the song, the movement of the 3/4 time signature, all of it just flows together seamlessly. I fell in love with this song on first listen, and it is going to be one of my favorite female vocal tracks for years to come.

My single complaint about this soundtrack is that the pieces are not looped, and I definitely do not enjoy having over 40 songs stuck on one disc. If this soundtrack had been "Final Fantasy Tactics II", you know the producers of the soundtrack would have looped the instrumentals and made the soundtrack a double-disc set: and that's how it should have been.

For years, I have been listening to dozens of bland OSTs that sometimes I could care less about; as a result, I am quickly jaded. Then that bright shining light comes that restores my hope in VGM: this soundtrack is one of those lights. Do not miss out on it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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