True Love Story Vocal Collection Vol.2 Ballade & Duet
Catalog Number: WDCD-25117
Released On: May 21, 1998
Composed By: Yuka Funakoshi, Tsutomu Morishita, Masatoshi Sakashita, Yuko Yamaguchi
Arranged By: Hideyuki "Daichi" Suzuki, Hiroshi Uesugi, Takumi Kikuchi, Nobuhito "UNA" Tanahashi, Yukari Hashimoto
Published By: One-Der Entertainment
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Ayane Katsuragi monologue
02 - Spring Aquarium
03 - Nozomi Hirose monologue
04 - Blanco's Song
05 - Misaki monologue
06 - Confession
07 - Ikumi Gotou monologue
08 - Beginning Again from Tomorrow
09 - Midori Amano monologue
10 - Future Lovers
11 - Yurika Mizutani monologue
12 - Sad Mermaid
13 - Misaki monologue
14 - Let's Meet Again Someday
15 - Midori Amano monologue 2
16 - Good-bye July ~Promised Place~
Total Time:

The first volume of this trilogy of vocal albums featured two characters: Ayane and Midori. Volume 3 is just Midori. But Volume 2 has representation from almost the entire cast of female characters in the original True Love Story. So if you want diversity, this is the album from the trilogy you'd want.

But, then again, diversity doesn't guarantee goodness.

I'm not sure if I'd declare this one my favorite of the three original vocal albums from "True Love Story ~Remember My Heart~." It's a difficult decision, really. But I will say this: the instrumental and vocal performances on every track is stellar. It tops Tokimeki, and it certainly tops most character vocal albums from RPGs (see: Growlanser IV and V). All three albums are good. This particular album, I can't think of much to say. I've listened to it a few times, and it's certainly good. I just have no attachment to the True Love Story series, and since Iwadare himself didn't contribute to these vocal albums, I have nothing to which I can relate.

But the music is good. I can't emphasize that enough. I was truly surprised by the quality of these songs. That's all the more I'll say about it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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