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an cinniùint
Catalog Number: SBPS-1001/2
Released On: December 25, 2001
Composed By: Yasunori Mitsuda
Arranged By: Yasunori Mitsuda
Published By: Sleigh Bells
Recorded At: Procyon Studio
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Opening
02 - Tsugunai (Atonement)
03 - Whilst I Sleep
04 - Morning Fog in the Village
05 - Cursed Forest
06 - Battle - Level 1
07 - Spirit Tower
08 - Enemy in My Path
09 - Victory!
10 - Departure
11 - Collapse
12 - A Peaceful Temple
13 - Early Afternoon in the Village
14 - Evening in the Village
15 - The Pub
16 - Nabi Fairy
17 - Find Him!
18 - Conspiracy Within Castle Walls
19 - Valley of the Goblins
20 - The Flaming Tree
Total Time:
54'43"

Disc Two
01 - Happiness
02 - Black Shadow
03 - Ship Run Aground
04 - Book of Legends
05 - Vanished Body
06 - Fortress of Orcs
07 - The Test
08 - Battle - Level 2
09 - Purification
10 - Grief
11 - Fisela's Theme
12 - Cemetary
13 - Between Mirrors
14 - Battle - Level 3
15 - Sanctuary of Darkness
16 - The Devil
17 - Hell's Resurrection
18 - Battle with the Devil
19 - Eternal Soul
20 - All is Redeemed
Total Time:
62'10"

an cinniùint is a soundtrack of many flavors. In addition to its own style, the album contains styles present in the soundtracks for Chrono Cross and Xenogears. In some ways, an cinniùint is better than its predecessors. In others, it's slightly lacking.

The soundtrack begins with a festive Celtic-style song. Several of the tracks present in the first CD are done in this style. The songs for calm or tranquil situations tend to mirror those of Chrono Cross. The songs for danger mirror those of Xenogears. Where an cinniùint breaks into its own style is in the songs that have Celtic flavor. These songs are beautiful, and set this soundtrack apart from the rest. Mitsuda typically does excellent work in cases where the mood is festive, calm, or dreamy. His songs for danger or premonition are also done well in most cases. However, the danger isn't as convincing when battle or decisive battle themes kick in. Instead of fighting for your life, it feels like you're fighting the Evil Fairy King the size of your palm. Though the songs are good in this case, the mood is wrong.

A few of the songs deserve special mention. The song "Tsugunai" is a saddening song with a glint of hope in it. The instruments used make it sound like something out of Chrono Cross, ironically. The song "Early Afternoon in the Village" is the best track in this soundtrack. It shows the mood of this soundtrack much better than the main theme. It's a great mix of the festive Celtic, and calm style songs. "Happiness" is a calm song, the kind you expect to hear in a backwoods country store, or a breezy beach town. "Grief" is another song that uniquely belongs to Tsugunai. It's a haunting combination of piano and flute sounds. "Battle - Level 3" is the one battle theme that conveys danger properly. Still, the Evil Fairy King element isn't completely gone from it. I'd love to give all but a couple songs special mention, but that would somewhat void the whole point of doing so, ne?

All in all, an cinniùint is an absolute must-have if you're a Mitsuda fan, and it's worth checking out even if you aren't. It does not disappoint.

Reviewed by: Angelo

A few months back, I was having a discussion with Chudah about favorite composers. I said that, initially, I loved Uematsu best because of his Final Fantasy work, but that recently I favored Mitsuda over Uematsu because his compositions touched me deeply. However, with an cinniùint, the OST for Tsugunai, Yasunori Mitsuda is no longer my favorite game music composer. Why? The answer may be different than you think.

An Cinniùint is, in a word, derivative. The Tsugunai soundtrack is, for the most part, directly inspired by Mitsuda's other works, Chrono Cross and Xenogears, with a bit of Chrono Trigger thrown in for good measure. Now I can't really fault Mitsuda for this: he's staying true to his style. However, his refusal to deviate from that style results in a slightly bland composition this time around.

A prime example of the repetitiveness is Early Afternoon in the Village, a track that could replace Aruni village's theme or Fei's Village's theme and nobody would bat an eye. Battle Level 1, on the other hand, while a nice battle theme is obviously inspired in part, by the Dajil theme from Xenogears with a slight disco flair thrown in. And "Find Him!" could substitute for Chuchu's theme from Xenogears as well. It's a veritable cornucopia of revisited, rearranged Mitsuda music.

Most fans of Mitsuda's work will automatically assume that this is a good thing. Not a lot of people, including myself, enjoyed some of the innovation taken by Uematsu in FFVII and IX, but at least he was trying. An Cinniùint's tracks are simply less inspired than those from Xenogears and Chrono Cross, and it's not just because I haven't played the game. The tracks don't touch my soul like "Star of Tears" or "People Seized with Life", and with that emotion being the biggest draw of Mitsuda's work, I just can't place him head and shoulders above other composers right now.

This is not to say that this is a BAD album; on the contrary, it ranks above most of the current RPG soundtracks out there right now. And not all of the tracks are rehashed Mitsuda fare. "Black Shadow" is a perfect example of this originality, as it's dark and yet not quite evil. It's a twist on an ominous theme that I haven't seen in Mitsuda's work before. Though similarly diverse, "Shadow of Darkness" hits on the other extreme of being terribly ominous and tortured, with an effect that sounds like the turning of a giant clock's gears, and some really freaky lyrics being chanted. Mitsuda definitely got the whole "creepy" thing right here.

The only track I can't make heads or tails of is the ending theme, All is Redeemed. I know it's not as powerful as either "Small of Two Pieces" or "The Jewel that Can't be Stolen", but I still enjoyed it somewhat. Perhaps this is one of those tracks, much like "Grief" that I'd have to play the game in order to get the full effect.

The bottom line, though, is this a good album? Yes, this is a good album. Is it another Chrono Cross or Xenogears? No, it's not. Will Mitsuda fans enjoy this CD? Yes. Will non-Mitsuda fans like it? Probably not, but only if they hate Mitsuda's work. For all the rest of you who haven't heard his stuff, it'd be a great idea to pick up this heavily Celtic-inspired album, as it's quite good.

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas



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