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Tales of Rebirth OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: KICA-1353~6
Released On: January 26, 2005
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Isao Kadowaki, Shuji Ikegami
Arranged By: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 4 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Tales of Rebirth B
02 - Prologue A
03 - Prologue B
04 - The scratch on ice
05 - Desperate battle
06 - Relief
07 - A certain day...
08 - Strainer air
09 - Scutum - cruel
10 - Dark seed
11 - Sulz
12 - Icy edge
13 - Battle organization
14 - Victory A
15 - Ginnar troupe
16 - Heart rest
17 - Suspicion
18 - Scutum - unflappable
19 - Alvan Mountains
20 - Annie in the Mist
21 - Eugene
22 - Minal
23 - True drop
24 - Forest Labyrinth
25 - Here and there
26 - Game over
Total Time:
65'51"

Disc Two
01 - Tales of Rebirth A
02 - Petnadjanka - silence
03 - Iron manufacture - jungle
04 - Reckless Tytree
05 - Optimist
06 - Spring sunlight
07 - Rafter
08 - Danger!
09 - Sannytown
10 - Hilda's True Identity
11 - The world without a window
12 - Karez
13 - Anikamal - distrust
14 - Oasis
15 - Anikamal
16 - Climbers' Cavern
17 - Babilograd
18 - Scutum - fang
19 - A comfortable wave
20 - Harbor
21 - Balka
22 - The subway in Balka
23 - Like a glint
24 - Geyorkias
Total Time:
69'37"

Disc Three
01 - Proposition
02 - Petnadjanka
03 - Holy Beast Eephon
04 - Mesechina Cavern
05 - Dogfight
06 - Victory B
07 - Razilda
08 - Ruins
09 - Ancient spirit
10 - The trial
11 - Pipista
12 - Holy Beast Fenia
13 - Kyogen
14 - Auction
15 - Nolzen
16 - Tower of Nereg
17 - Weigh anchor!
18 - Belsas
19 - Belsas - another side
20 - Speech A
21 - Speech B
22 - Speech C
23 - Soaring Shaorune
24 - With Shaorune
25 - Mocrado Village
26 - Holy Beast Gilione
27 - World Purification
28 - Natural Disaster
29 - Dream game
Total Time:
70'33"

Disc Four
01 - Lenpao Sky Garden
02 - Amusement park
03 - Scutum - intertwine
04 - Scutum - decisive battle
05 - Mount Sovereign
06 - Milhaust
07 - The edge of an oath
08 - Zilva
09 - Filled insanity
10 - Ruined Ones
11 - Yuris' Realm
12 - Destruction
13 - The die is cast
14 - Victory C
15 - Will
16 - Final episode
17 - Guidance of the moon
18 - Sealed
19 - The answer
20 - Epilogue A
21 - Epilogue B
Total Time:
69'13"

I've said it so many times now that I feel it should go unsaid, but just as a preface for VGM novices that are reading this review: any soundtrack that extends to this number of discs/tracks (in this case, 4 discs and exactly 100 tracks) is guaranteed to have a lot of boring tracks. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

I've also said this upcoming statement many times, but I'll say this one again too: Motoi Sakuraba is burning out. The man needs a break. He must have a reasonable sum of money for all the work he's done: he should go take a five year vacation and come back to the VGM scene fresh and new and shiny. As it stands, the man is just making more of the same.

That's not to say that we can't find good music in this, the sixth game in the Tales series (which have, up to this point, been done primarily by Sakuraba...Shinji Tamura's role on these soundtracks is still something of a mystery). Disc one is packed with some really impressive non-battle tracks, two of which are apparently meant to refer to ice. I can hear it in the song: Sakuraba knows how to create those musical chills.

Some of the faster songs and battle themes have some fresh and original sounds to them, things that I like to hear from Sakuraba (who is generally criticized for making cookie-cutter songs with the same instruments and rhythms over and over). "The trial", for example, seems to be a conscious effort in bringing some new sounds to the Tales soundscape. An incredible run of triplets on many ethnically-diverse instruments is what makes this song noteworthy. And even those songs that don't make much progress, the songs that sound like every Sakuraba song you've heard, they are still awesome. One such example is disc three's "Dogfight", featuring some chaotic rhythms halfway through the song.

Honestly, what I really appreciated about this four disc collection was its consistent effort to make the slower songs not boring. Man, I am dead tired of multi-disc OSTs filled with three minute tracks that are just two chords being droned out ad nauseum. This may happen up to ten times on another OST, but Tales of Rebirth only does it twice. That's a pretty good track record you go goin' for yourself there, Mr. Rebirth!

Fans of the Tales series and/or Motoi Sakuraba should know what to expect on here. At the end of the day, this is run-of-the-mill Sakuraba with maybe a few new tricks up his sleeve. If you liked the music of the last five Tales games, you'll like this too, though if you're anything like me, you might be getting tired of it. I had hoped for better things from this soundtrack, and I didn't quite get it; but I did catch a glimpse of it. Let's hope for good things from Legendia in the near future.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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