Brigandine Original Sound Collection

 

Review by · December 9, 2008

A cult classic title that, despite a few raving fans’ love, received mediocre reviews, “Brigandine” is one of Atlus USA’s lesser-known PlayStation titles. Despite its (relative) unpopularity, the Japanese publishers decided to release a standalone soundtrack through Columbia. And here it is.

Three composers worked hand-in-hand to bring this set of music together. The sound quality is on-par for its time, though it’s still sequenced synth (instead of streaming audio) through and through. I really enjoy the audio quality here and the synths used. In this day and age, VGM from 1998 can bring a sense of nostalgia. And this is the case for me, even though I only played Brigandine briefly at the time of its release.

The compositions themselves are fairly generic. However, they are still enjoyable. Almost every song is in a major key, and even those in a minor key manage to be bouncy and invigorating. Very simple, military-style marches weave and blend with super-robot-anime-style themes. That description pretty well captures about 90% of the tracks on here.

Like most Columbia albums released before the year 2000, this album is now very difficult to find. But if you’re one of those avid Brigandine fans, maybe you’ll want to add this album to your collection. Used shops, including the always-dependable Yahoo! Japan Auctions, are your best bet for procurement.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.