Valkyrie Profile -Covenant of the Plume- OST
Catalog Number: SQEX-10125/6
Released On: November 5, 2008
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba
Arranged By: Motoi Sakuraba
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded At: Memory-Tech
Format: 2 CDs
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Disc One
01 - The Accused One
02 - Behave irrationally
03 - Fragments of the Heart
04 - Sudden Decrease in Vitality
05 - Wisp of Darkness, Wisp of Light
06 - Epic Poem to a Sacred Death
07 - Hymm of Despair
08 - Raging Fury
09 - A pronouncement from Hel
10 - Emergency Line Slash Stream
11 - Blameless Thoughts
12 - Ancient Eternity of Universal Illusions
13 - Emergency, However
14 - Endless Citadel
15 - Ceaseless Hardship
16 - Distortion at the Bottom of Hell
17 - Bad Tales In All Cases
18 - Mighty blow
19 - Confidence in the domination
20 - False Self-Recognition
21 - The Key to Lauded Victories
22 - When a Man is No Longer a Man
23 - Prosperity's Compensation, and Then Introduction
24 - All Becomes Twilight
25 - The Sleeping Scene of the Great Serpent
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Disc Two
01 - Tomorrow
02 - Crumbling Id
03 - Thin Haze
04 - Hopeless Resolution
05 - The Bliss of Oblivion
06 - Derivating to Chaos
07 - Hard Chain Reaction
08 - Memories of Affection
09 - Obliteration at the End of a Premeditated Murder
10 - An inscription on a tombstone
11 - ise above the world
12 - Mission to the deep space
13 - Unconfirmed God Battle Syndrome
14 - Terror from Confusion
15 - Violent Authority Enforcer
16 - Destiny and Einherjar
17 - Sublime Domain
18 - Maddening Reputation
19 - Holy Hegemony
20 - Music Box Memento
21 - To an Impure Land
22 - An abyss of Niflheim
23 - Jet Black Massacring Bullets
24 - Movement of Relief and Agony
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"It's quantity, not quality!"

Sakuraba has written far too much music for one lifetime. And it's starting to spread too thin even for me. It's come to the point where I actually dread listening to the next Sakuraba album, for fear that it's just more of the same, but even further watered down.

Then, a glimmer of hope! The first five or six tracks on disc one were all good. I became surprisingly optimistic about this soundtrack for the DS Valkyrie Profile RPG. And when I was lifted higher, the fall was that much greater. Ouch.

I've said this before with Sakuraba soundtracks, but I'll say it again. It's not that the music is bad. If this is the first Sakuraba soundtrack you'd ever heard, you might be like "wow, this is cool! Jazz/rock fusion to the max!" ...and then you hear it like 50 more times across other soundtracks, and you wonder "does this guy have any other styles?" He does, but he rarely pulls them out of his sleeve.

As a matter of fact, my favorite tracks from this OST are the songs that he's used over and over again. "Confidence in the domination" and "Mission to the deep space" have been used across a variety of tri-Ace titles, and they're always good. This time, they're exceptional, and they overshadow the new, original tracks for Covenant of the Plume.

The next fast-paced 6/8 battle theme using drum, bass, guitar, and organ I hear, I'm going to throw out that Sakuraba album on the spot. Just a fair warning, Motoi! Please put more effort and thought into your craft...also, proofread your tracklists before sending them out. "ise above the world" is probably meant to be "Rise above the world."

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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