01 - Heroic Epic
02 - Opposing Rivals
03 - The Spinners
04 - Clash
05 - Ignorance of the World
06 - Sad Fate
07 - Desperate Struggle
08 - Reborn Bronquia Empire / Blazing Emperor
09 - Fantasinia Kingdom / Under the Holy Sword
10 - Milanor Thieves / Towards an Ideal
11 - Embellia Dukedom / Family Griefs
12 - House Branthese / The Power of Sorcery
13 - House Esmeralda / Lost Magic
14 - Ortega Bandits / Challenge
15 - Dort Barbarians / Teachings of the Sun God
16 - Mellia Faith / Doctrinal Propagation
17 - Temple Knights / Holy War
18 - Forest United Front / Selfishness
19 - Nessiah Force / Fallen Angel...
20 - Reborn Bronquia Empire / The Conqueror's Path
21 - Fantasinia Kingdom / Desperate Battle
22 - Milanor Thieves / In the Nocturnal Assault
23 - Embellia Dukedom / Jet Black Sea
24 - House Branthese / The Black Rose
25 - House Esmeralda / The White Rose
26 - Ortega Bandits / Feast in the Night
27 - Dort Barbarians / Pleasant Advance
28 - Mellia Faith / Heretic Extermination
29 - Temple Knights / Prayer
30 - Forest United Front / Panic
31 - Nessiah Force / March of the Deceased
32 - Decisive Battle with an Enemy General!
33 - The Last Decisive Battle!
34 - The Glory of Victory
35 - To Further Ambitions...
36 - An Unknown Cave
37 - The Nation United!!
38 - Epilogue ~Peaceful World~
39 - Game Over
40 - Stage Clear
41 - Opposing Rivals (PV Version)
Yggdra Union is apparently a big success for Sting. The game itself is only one entry in the "Dept Heaven" series. Having originally been released on the GBA, then ported to PSP, a number of side games were developed for Japanese-only mobile phone platforms. One of them was upgraded and ported to the DS. That game is Yggdra Unison. This is the soundtrack for that game.
Of course, that means Shigeki Hayashi is back, though only to do some arrangement, with the majority of composition coming from Minako Adachi, for the game's music. It's only one disc of music, no "multiple versions" crap here, just one set of 41 tracks to dig through.
The tracklist itself gives you an idea of how the game operates. Different groups take turns on the offensive, and they get different music for "light" and "dark" battle time. Lots and lots of battle themes. That's the majority of the album, really.
As for the musical quality from Adachi-san: I wouldn't call these "throw-away" tracks per se, but they are comparatively weaker than their Yggdra Union counterparts. Less substance, less nuance, less style. Fun and functional, to be sure, but far from sublime.
Bottom line: this album is only for serious collectors. Fans of Hayashi's and Adachi's work with Sting on the Dept Heaven series would do better to pick up a more "mainstream" soundtrack, such as Riviera or the PSP Yggdra Union soundtrack (which Atlus USA made available in our region as a promotional item, and will be available in Japan later in 2010).
Reviewed by: Patrick Gann