Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon

 

Review by · February 27, 2000

This CD is awesome. Purely spectacular. It deserves more praise-like adjectives than I can think of. That might be prejudice, seeing as I am a fan of both Celtic music and Final Fantasy music…So there you have it. If you like Celtic music or Final Fantasy music, this CD is for you. Even if you hate both, the CD is STILL for you! Well…maybe not.

Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon was originally recorded and released only months after FF4’s release, but the reprint (the only version you can find these days) was released long after Final Fantasy IV itself…This CD was actually released after the Japanese release of Final Fantasy VI for Super Famicom. The CD was also reprinted in 1996, so it is somewhat easy to find in stores. So what’s the music sound like? Go listen to a Celtic CD and find out. Lots of different flutes/whistles, along with harps, crazy percussional instruments, and lots of violin-ish string instruments. Every track is fully Celtic-ized, no synth (with exception to some synth vocals). Look above at the name or the arranger on this one. Miss Máire Bhreatnach…Straight from Ireland, eh? The style is true to the name, and the songs stay true to their original sounds. Every song is easy to pick up after listening to just once. Now to pick out my favorite track. My personal fave track on this awesome CD is track 11, Dancing Calcobrena. When I first heard this song (by way of playing the American FF2), I was very scared of this song. It gave me the chills. Now, because of this arrangement, I love it. I could dance to this song; in fact, I do dance to this song. My dance looks as scary as the song sounded back in the day to me.

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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 cats.