Big fan of Suikoden series, blah, blah. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this album. Konami hates me having money, so they keep coming out with new albums from the Suikoden Series, this time a THIRD Celtic Collection, entitled, not surprisingly, Genso Suikoden Celtic Collection III.
Now, I love Celtic and “world” music. And I love Suikoden. But come on, folks, it’s getting a bit tired. That’s not to say this is a bad album, not in the least! But there are only two types of people who will appreciate this type of album; those who really enjoy Suikoden music and those who enjoy Celtic music. Of course, either of those categories will simply love this CD.
Most of the tracks on this album manage to remain in the Celtic vein, such as Gathering of Warriors and REQUIEM. Some step outside the boundaries, such as Harvest Festival and Avertuneiro Antes Lance Mao. And a couple deviate heavily from their original theme, that being Theme of a Moonlit Night and Reminiscence. But regardless, all the tracks manage to perform excellently, and some are truly emotionally evocative, such as Toppo/Nei/Shabon’s Theme, which has a lovely flute being played slow and teary.
Personally, I really enjoyed this album, even though the a capella rendition of Currents is a little lackluster. As stated before, if you enjoy either Genso Suikoden music or Celtic music, get this album, as you will NOT be disappointed. All others may want to try before you buy. And if you’re tired of Suikoden Celtic albums, I’m sure Konami will come along to make Celtic IV just to spite you and take my money. Thanks K…