Probably the most unique arrangement concept in VGM history, the “voice mix” albums take clips from in-game dialogue and randomly throw them into some arranged music tracks. Sakuraba’s done this with the first Valkyrie Profile, as well as the third Star Ocean title. I highly enjoyed both of those voice mix albums and expected to like this one just as much.
However, I’d have to say that, of the three voice mix CDs, this is my least favorite. The music had nothing to do it (in fact, the music was fantastic); the problem for me was with the voice actors themselves. My favorite tracks are those of the impassioned female protagonist. Perhaps she’s giving an uplifting speech, or she’s mourning the loss of a friend, or she’s getting psyched up for battle. Though there is a clear presence of female voices on the CD, they all seemed rather bland, and somewhat cold.
The male voices, on the other hand, especially the villainous ones, did a great job. On track 4, “The Infinite Abyss,” that creepy laughter left me feeling tense and even a little anxious. The effect is great, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy the effect. If you like being creeped out, then that’s a potential favorite song for you right there.
My favorite tracks were all at the end, and I have sampled each of them. The last battle music, “How Wicked Ruler,” had an excellent blending of awesome music and angry voices.
So, even if it is my least favorite of three voice mix albums, it’s still a great album in its own right. I still love the concept of voice mix albums, and if you haven’t experienced it for yourself yet, perhaps this album is a good place for you to start.