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Final Fantasy X-2 Original Soundtrack – Disc 1: 1/2 September 12, 2008

Filed under: Final Fantasy — solarblade @ 7:20 am

Track Listing

  1. Eternity: Memories of Waves and Light
  2. real Emotion (FFX-2 Mix)
  3. YRP, Fight! No.1
  4. Yuna’s Theme
  5. YRP, Fight No.2
  6. Mission Complete
  7. We’re the Gullwings
  8. Mission Time!
  9. Mt. Gagazet
  10. YRP, Fight! No. 3
  11. Game Over
  12. Anything Goes for Leblanc!
  13. Let Me Blow You a Kiss
  14. Shuyin’s Theme

1. Eternity: Memories of Waves and Light

Maybe it’s me, but I never really connected with the startup track, which was is a piano melody with ethereal tones to it.  It really is a nice song, but it wasn’t like “Overture” from FFVIII.  I guess it does its job being where it is.

2. real Emotion (FFX-2 Mix)

A shortened version of said song that I reviewed earlier.  I thought it was a WTF moment in all of FF’s history being such an upbeat vocal track.  Koda Kumi sounded great in the song and showed some awesome skills as she was the motion capture artist to Yuna here which was friggin sweet to see in the PV as well.

3. YRP, Fight! No.1

Obviously, if you’ve already played the game, you will immediatly tell that this is a pop-flavored soundtrack.  The first battle track is a little repetitive in the face the brass sounds the same the whole time.  The synth lines was pretty cool, but just came out lame as hell.

4. Yuna’s Theme

Yuna’s Theme…It starts with some funky beats and then a keyboard melody starts and it sounds so calm for some reason.  It’s a simple theme, but it really did show how open and free Yuna has become since FFX.  Definitly a track to remember.

5. YRP, Fight! No.2

I like the dark side of this battle theme.  There’s some menacing synths that played a hectic role in the track, even though the song is pretty short as it is. The minor tones it hits really did mae the battle seem more important and cooler IMO.  Better of the fight tracks.

6. Mission Complete

Yeah, huh? Ohhhh, it’s after you win.  This one has some keyboard again, but I’m feeling disappointed that the usual “Battle Fanfare” isn’t part of the soundtrack which depressed me bunches.  I do like the music after the main sound which sounded lounge-like…Nakata eat your heart out.

7. We’re the Gullwings

The Airship Celsius’s theme for a chapter or two.  I thought it brought the sound of flight to a nice pop side.  The guitar sounded pretty nice playing in the song or was that keyboard?  Then brass comes in for a little bit of the melody before the loop back.  I enjoyed this theme a lot, very simplistic.

8. Mission Time!

Gearing up for a mission never sounded this good.  Electric Guitar is the prominent feature while the synth plays bleeps and bloops.  Though there’s very little to it the track did make you feel good.  The guitar solo before the loop was so sweet, I loved it good.

9. Mt. Gagazet

Our return to this mountainous region where the Ronso tribe lives is still one of the surprising tracks early on this half of the CD.  Accordion played to a tribal sound.  Even for much this place played a part of both X & X-2 the music pieces are so fitting.  Very strong track.

10. YRP, Fight! No.3

Another battle track?  I think it was a boss theme at one point as well, Not good at remembering these 3 tracks.  The song sounds a bit repetitive in the background and the song loops too early.  I do like the fact the guitar is featured mostly, but the song was just uhm lacking.

11. Game Over

15 seconds of a piano playing some notes.  Not really what I call big…It’s definitly not as good as the one from VIII.  So this fails as a game over sequence should’ve tied in “Eternity” IMO.

12. Anything Goes for Leblanc

Yep it’s Leblanc’s, Logos’s and Ormi’s theme and it’s the most japanese-influenced song especially when the song gets faster.  The slow part sounds mysterious and sneaky as well, which fits their personalities.  Though the fast part, maybe is how good they are perhaps.  Kind of different, but nice.

13. Let Me Blow You a Kiss

Boss theme when YRP goes against Leblanc’s group.  You can obviously hear the similarities from the last track laced in here.  What also was interesting is that took the pop sound and also mixed it together creating a nice battle theme.  Another high-quality track.

14. Shuyin’s Theme

I stopped here since the next few tracks are city themes.  This is also the first dark-stringed track.  The final boss’s theme.  There’s a sense of loneliness and at the same time there’s a twinge of anger.  It’s also the first track to not have pop elements included which is a nice surprise.  A very emotional dark track. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Let Me Blow You a Kiss
  • Shuyin’s Theme
  • YRP, Fight! No.2
  • We’re the Gullwings
  • real Emotion (FFX-2 Mix)

Can you believe it, this first half of the first CD was so different to what FF music lovers are used to.  One track was sinister enough and it was definitly a turnaround.  Though I’m quite baffled at the fact the usual fare seems to be lacking somewhat.  Battle Theme’s aren’t as interesting as they were back in X.  no battle fanfare?  WTF man…