miz – In The Sky

 

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Review by · February 14, 2006

Note: the limited edition includes a bonus music video version of “In The Sky.” Click on the link to watch a clip of the music video, which includes scenes from Grandia III.

Performed by “Miz,” the Grandia III theme song single is one that I frankly do not care for. These are standard pop songs with the occasional English lyric thrown in (“when I fly in the sky!”) amidst the otherwise Japanese words. Musically, we are looking at sticking to the same key and moving the bass up and down a step or two to change the root of the chord. Miz’s vocal performance is pretty decent, and she can sing English words without distorting them in the least; this is an accomplishment for most J-Pop vocalists.

However, I’m still not impressed. The “Remix” of In The Sky does not vary from the original much at all — I was hoping for some more variation. The B-Side to the single, “What Difference,” is just plain boring. The clever pun I came up with to describe the song is “what difference does it make whether or not this song is included?” Yeah, that’s right, you think it’s funny.

Unless the samples compel you to do otherwise, I’d recommend not buying this one. Just listen to your local pop/rock radio station and you’ll get the same effect.

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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.