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Pokémon 2.B.A. Master August 30, 2010

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 7:06 am

Track Listing

  1. Pokémon Theme
  2. 2.B.A. Master
  3. Viridian City
  4. What Kind of Pokémon Are You?
  5. My Best Friends
  6. Everything Changes
  7. The Time Has Come (Pikachu’s Goodbye)
  8. Pokémon (Dance Mix)
  9. Double Trouble (Team Rocket)
  10. Together Forever
  11. Misty’s Song
  12. PokéRAP
  13. You Can Do It (If You Really Try)

1. Pokémon Theme

If you don’t remember this theme song that damn you lived a very sheltered life away from TV.  Everyone should know the theme song to the first season of the anime.  The fact that there’s a second verse/chorus, guitar solo, and even a final chorus blew my mind when I bought this so long ago.  I used to know every single line of this song (and sadly still do), but it’s just a song that is so hard not to remember since it made the show what it was especially being the show’s opening theme and such.  One of the easiest songs to point out.

2. 2.B.A. Master

I mean yes, this album’s lyrics is cheesy and all about Pokémon so there shouldn’t be a surprise when the title song is basically about what the whole series is about roughly.  Now, I beef this song so much because I learned that ~Flame~ was a type…I’m guessing they also wanted to say Bird for more lulz?  It’s an edgy kiddie song, but did they really need to add the kids and the little conversation in the middle of the song…who the hell was that…Giovanni?  Iono, it’s just so out of left field for me…just iono…

3. Viridian City

Let’s be honest, Viridian City wasn’t what I was expecting from an album like this.  I like the almost airy pop sound it has and I love the lyrics for it since it does follow the game in a rather pseudo way.  Though hahah Viridian City isn’t important until the later half of the game which is funny.  Now I liked the vocalist for this song a lot more than the one in “2.B.A. Master” and the MC wasn’t annoying either.  Nothing like yelling ~we’re on the road to Viridian City!~ 

4. What Kind of Pokémon Are You?

Because we need a song that makes a Pokédex seem rather obsolete for a song, WKoPAY is probably one of the cheesiest songs the album has to offer so it helps that it came pretty early.  I mean it’s rapping about types and a Pokémon that fits the typing.  Even though ~kick your grass~ does not hide the fact this song wasn’t truly made for kids in mind at first.  I really thought the rapping was uber-cheese, but the actual singing isn’t that bad, but it definitely could use some work.  Don’t forget this was released in the primary generation and so you won’t hear stuff about Dark and Steel types since they didn’t exist.  Not bad and the chillish arrangement is cool, but those parts are filled with the bad rapping.  ~Watch out for Mewtwo!~

5. My Best Friends

Ok, we aren’t out of the dangerous section of the album just quite yet.  My Best Friends sounds like it could’ve been cool (especially with the guitar riff at the beginning, but that chorus is so bad in lyrical form, since it’s that sentimental and just omg icky to listen to.  The tropical verses are nice, but the chorus just ruins everything.  Sorry, but it’s my least favorite song on the album.

6. Everything Changes

Today when I listen to the album, I only pass up a few songs on the album.  Everything Changes might be my only regret for not paying attention more since it’s different from the songs before since it’s got some synths going on and has a certain mystery to it.  Whoever is singing it sounds nice.  I like the lyrics since they aren’t so overbearing and make small allusions to the general reasoning of Pokémon, but it’s slight and not thrown at ur face.  Though did they had to insert the Metapod < Butterfree evolution scene?  They do this a bit in this album so prepare for random scenes in the songs.  It’s a good track though.

7. The Time Has Come (Pikachu’s Goodbye)

Oh man, this song can be a tearjerker when you are in the worst of moods.  Trust me, it caught me off guard at least once.  I oddly remembered that a guy sang this on the show, but the album makes it that a female sung it instead.  It’s sappy, a little cheesy, and the music is kind of dated somewhat, but the gal singing sounds really pretty here.  Like it makes you surprised that it’s so sad in both context and emotionally…it’s so weird but so good and I like when a ballad is able to pull that off.

8. Pokémon (Dance Mix)

Wait!  we go from a heartwrenching ballad to a dance mix?  Well, I guess flow can be thrown out the window.  The biggest thing I remember is the vocalist was HUGE in the disco era and of course hearing this song having that slight sound is great and let’s be honest she sounds amazing even when ad-libbing.  Then hearing this song being used in the CM’s for the first movie made it awesome.  It stands out so hardcore from the album since it’s the only song besides “Viridian City” that makes you get up and dance.

9. Double Trouble (Team Rocket)

Wait, Team Rocket gets their own song?  Well, I can’t blame them because this song just oozes sinister and slyness that I loved with the early TR.  Even better is that they got the voice actors from the show to sing in the song and I was like oh this must be pretty epic.  I mean Meowth doing a lil singin is funny to picture.  It’s trying to say that TR is badass and we all know how much BS is that XD.

10. Together Forever

I’ll be honest, I’m biased more for this song.  It’s basically “My Best Friends” pt. 2, but I love the vocals a whole lot more than in that song.  It’s still about friendship and all that sugary stuff and includes another snippet from the show (well, actually it might be original spoken lines).  It’s still however might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it sounds a whole lot more easier on the ears and not as cheesetastic.

11. Misty’s Song

I like that for our next song that they used the voice actors for some new material here.  Though did they had to pull one of the cruelist jokes on the fans by making this a song about Misty wanting to make out with Ash?  Yeah, I partially blame this song for starting up the whole AshxMisty ordeal and making it last so long with no official answer as to what might’ve happened since they alluded towards it many-a-times during the seasons before she left.  Now I don’t know if the gal singing is the official VA for Misty, but she sounds nasally as all hell and add the uber cheese lovey-dovey lines about one-sided love it’s just so wrong xD.  Thx….this is going to bother people to no end!

12.  PokéRAP

Wow, really you’re gonna stick the whole damn Pokémon list on here…all 150 (remember Mew really didn’t exist to us at the time).  Now I have to give props because naming off all 150 of these blasted things takes a lot of dedication and rather a lot of patience since he’s doing this all out of random and not by the national dex and all that.  He does them through I think 19-20 maybe at a time and there’s a little interlude in between each to make it not boring?  Iono, but hearing this really brings a lot of nostalgia to us older guys since it played at the end of each episode in the Kanto episodes.  Just as memorable if not more than the opening theme.

13. You Can Do It (If You Really Try)

I’m surprised the album didn’t just finish off with that last song.  However, You Can Do It is an acoustic song, but it sounds like a rather rejected Christian song because of the whole positive attitude of the song and minor nods towards it.  It doesn’t even sound like it’s Pokémon related and I’ve never even heard it on the Anime at all, so this stands out on the album.  I just can’t get the fact it sounds so…religious almost.

Tracks Recommended

  • Pokémon (Dance Mix)
  • Together Forever
  • Viridian City
  • The Time Has Come (Pikachu’s Goodbye)
  • Pokémon Theme/PokéRAP

Song of Avoidance

  • My Best Friends

Yes, this album is a big drop of nostalgia for me because of my knowledge of them from so long ago (was one of my first 5 albums to be exact).  This has some of the shows bigger songs and that’s great, but listening to it today has changed my outlook.  Most of the album’s faults comes in the cheesy lyrics found in most if not all the songs, I mean yes, this is geared towards kids so I won’t fault that.  However some were just bad even at my age then, I knew these were ugh lyrics in some of them.  It’s a novelty album for sure and I mean it’s really the only place to hear some of these better songs that were shown off in clips (they replaced the PokéRAP during the near end of the Indigo League era).

 

Super Mario RPG Sound Version: CD2 2/2 July 13, 2009

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 8:58 pm

Track Listing

  1. Margerie Margarita
  2. Dodo’s Coming!!
  3. Barrel Volcano
  4. The Axem Rangers Drop In
  5. Bowser’s Castle (Second Time)
  6. Weapons Factory
  7. Fight Against Smithy
  8. Fight Against Smithy, Who Likes Transforming
  9. Goodbye Geno / Seeing Dreams Through the Window of the Stars
  10. Happy Parade, Delightful Parade / And the Parade Draws to a Close
  11. The End!

1. Margerie Margarita

We begin the final half of the second CD with a pretty sneaky song and something that once again sounds like something from a past FF game.  The thing I find annoying is that laugh that happens like every 3 seconds.  It happens back and forth through my headphones, so you can imagine my annoyance factor here.  The music is kind of fast as well…baroque music maybe?  Don’t know, but it’s interesting nonetheless if not hampered by the laugh.

2. Dodo’s Coming!!

Ahhh, this track is one hot mess.  Dodo is Valentina’s partner in crime and he is a bit clumsy hence the songs wacky composition.  There’s parts in it that throws the listener off and makes the song oddly confusing, which I think was the point of it all.  Outlandish, but it is the last “funny” track.

3. Barrel Volcano

Mario in a volcano…haven’t we seen that somewhere before?  Anywho, the song carries a more mysterious sound and it’s quite fast as well.  The song is split in two parts.  The first is when the bass is doing the melody and the 2nd is where the xylophone takes over.  It’s quite cool since it does go back and forth, so it works at its advantage.

4. The Axem Rangers Drop In

Ahhhh, I love the beginning of the song with the acoutic melody and the rhythm that was going on.  After that though it becomes a rearrangement of the Underground Theme from the original Super Mario Bros. (for the second time, mind you).  It does get repetitious especially if it doesn’t really follow the song and the melody doesn’t fit with the arrangement.  Axem Rangers though…..x.x

5. Bowser’s Castle (Second Time)

Well, well, well…We’re back to what really started the game off.  It’s just a longer version of the track found on Disc 1.  It does add an extra part here which was needed since the earlier one felt like it looped way too fast.  Now the new part is quite cool and the beat is quite awesome and you can tell where it loops as well.  Better version if you ask me.

6. Weapons Factory

The final area of the game, Weapons Factory is another awesome track just because the mix of strings and the synth together here made this a worthy song.  Then there’s this little section where the acoustic guitar takes over and wow that was a nice touch before looping back.  It might not be the best song for a final area, but where this was played, it’s holding its own.

7. Fight Against Smithy

As we all should know, Smithy is the final boss in the game.  It starts off pretty cool with the pipe organ and that slide down from the keyboards.  Oddly enough, it doesn’t really sound like final boss music…Even the regular boss music sounds more convincing than this does. 

8. Fight Against Smithy, Who Likes Transforming

Then again when compared to the 2nd part of the final fight, this easily wins over as it is more convincing and well the battleground was creepy as hell.  I mean the faces on the walls and shit…Talk about bothersome LOL.  The song is fast-paced and the melody flows and get erratic at places…it’s like the song is bipolar.  Strong track though.

9. Goodbye Geno / Seeing Dreams Through the Window of the Stars

So the first part is basically where we do say goodbye to Geno since well…yeah can’t spoil here.  The usual twinkly sound of when you get one of the seven stars begins, but things get quite happy and joyous (because y’know the end of the game and such).  It finishes off with the melody to the beginning of the next part.  Seeing Dreams Through the Window of the Stars basically is one bittersweet song since when it plays it looks at what happens after the story and how it’s done s that it looks at the stars hence the title.  After a little bit, the song does get more happier.  Still, it’s one of the saddest tracks altogether.  Amazing track to finish the game

12. Happy Parade, Delightful Parade / And the Parade Draws to a Close

The credits of the game appear and well, of course Parade = March style so you’ve get to live it up with that.  It also seems that the first part carries tunes from various places here, but I’m not good at pointing which and where.  I still love the parade scene, that made me laugh at the various moments with the characters.  Funny that it’s like 5 minutes long as well and that’s just only the first part.  You’ll easily tell when it gets into the second part as it slows down at the end and returns to the twinkling star melody.  Once agan, very bittersweet since it’s another Geno moment, so you can’t deny it’s factor being really important. 

11. The End!

After you let the ending screen stand for a bit, The Mario theme starts to play, kind of a nice nod if you ask me (especially for a game, that was covered in Easter Eggs).  It’s got a twinkly sound going on and there’s something else like a string instrument or just keyboard.  Doesn’t it make you wanna play the game all over again?

Tracks Recommended

  • Weapons Factory
  • Goodbye Geno / Seeing Dreams Through the Window of the Stars
  • Fight Against Smithy, Who Likes Transforming
  • The End!

The final 11 tracks did pretty much change moods when in conjunction with the previous tracks.  Though at the cost of the mood switch, the songs lost a bit of memorability and though Yoko Shimamura fixed it with the last few tracks, the early tracks just didn’t work for me…

The OST itself was a great listen, though some of the songs were too short and had a lot of potential, but because of how the game was already jam-packed, it’s understandable that the music would be cut down short.  At the same time, it did bring ot some of Yoko’s memorable work here.  Still it is one of the best RPG’s of the SNES for sure.

 

Super Mario RPG Sound Version: CD2 1/2

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 7:37 pm

Track Listing

  1. The Marry Mary Bells Ring
  2. Celebrational
  3. The Starlight’s Flower
  4. Sunken Ship
  5. Going Shopping in Seaside Town
  6. My Paradise -Monstro Town-
  7. Fight Against Culex
  8. Victory over Culex
  9. Conversation with Culex
  10. You and Toadafski Create Exquisite Music
  11. Let’s Do the Fooka-Fooka

1. The Marry Mary Bells Ring

If you haven’t guessed already, it’s the town theme for Marrymore which basically where a certain somebody almost gets married and where you collect Bowser as a team member (wait, Bowser good?).  Back to the track, it’s set in the mood where it sound like a peppy folk tune of all things.  I’m surprised that it comes off like that, but it makes the song stand out. 

2. Celebrational

Odd that a 15 second track appears, though a bit fitting after the last track.  What it is is a small excerpt of when someone gets married in the game, and it has a cute moment whenever Mario goes into a spot, that’s where I remember the track is bein played.  Nice pipe organ.

3. The Starlight’s Flower

Anyway, we continue our progress into the game into the oddest place in the game (well, from here on out.)  Star Road.  Just like the name implies, it’s got a twinkly sound to it, but it doesn’t really lead anywhere which is bad and it gets old after awhile, walking around in the confusing maze area.  It is wondrous though so I’ll give it that.

4. Sunken Ship

Yeah, we do get all pirate-like for our next song.  Interestingly enough, the track does sound like something Nobuo Uematsu did because of the closeness it takes after Final Fantasy, especially in the 2D days.  It’s got like oboe-like melody and strings mixed in with sounds that make the boat sound like it’s being pushed by waves.  Creepy tune but it did its job.

5. Going Shopping in Seaside Town

Our next town theme pops up next and it’s kind of strange and yet something about it lures me to it.  I guess it is because it s close to the Sunken Ship, but it’s got a happy-go-lucky sound to it.  The chords are a bit strange, but it works to an extent…I don’t know why but I love this town theme for some reason.

6. My Paradise -Monstro Town-

Monstro Town also got to me for some reason, maybe its simplistic bouncy factor got to me.  I remember this town the most though with the things you can do in this area of the game.  The later part of the track before the loop makes it sounds like a march…odd in a town like this. 

7. Fight Against Culex

If you don’t know who Culex is, shame on you.  Culex was an optional boss that was actually harder to defeat than Smithy (then again, Square has always put in an optional boss that was hellishly harder than the final boss).  Also, if you’ve noticed the fight music is different as well, being a rearrangement of the FFV boss music.  It’s energetic compared to the normal boss theme of this game for sure.  It’s a nice nod from Square to their own series.

8. Victory over Culex

Yep if you guessed, it is the FFV Victory Theme which is kind of odd this time around since your party aren’t FF characters.  I’m not sure if it’s a direct translation of the track or was rearranged, but c’mon still….it seemed a bit more random here, though understandable.

9. Conversation with Culex

So once you whoop Culex’s ass (give or take a few tries), he will talk to you about something and yadda yadda and this song will be playing in the background.  LOL Funny that it’s the Crystal Theme that’s been prevalent everywhere in the series, so it’s there for the nostalgic factor and ends the whole “Culex” part of the game. 

10. You and Toadofski Create Exquisite Music

Another quick tune and anothr sidequest, This was the music you played and tried to get the melody right with the song and let me tell you, before internet this sucked hardcore, nowadays it’s easy as hell.  The excerpt is quick and it flows nicely, but it does end too quickly since it doesn’t loop.  It does sound like it’s missing something, and that’s because they didn’t add the melody the player had to make.

11. Let’s Do the Fooka-Fooka

This track is the last town theme and for Nimbus Land hence the light, airy and giddyness of the track.  I’m a bit take aback when I hear flute being the main instrument while the strings take the rest of the song.  There’s also a little bit of acoustic guitar as well.  It’s another one of my favorite tunes just because of it’s nostalgic factor to me and the storyline here worked out….c’mon Birdo…WTF was she doing here?

Tracks Recommended

  • Let’s Do the Fooka-Fooka
  • Going Shopping in Seaside Town
  • The Merry Mary Bells Ring
  • My Paradise -Monstro Town-

If you look at my recommedations.  All of the town themes were the best here and it’s true…besides the uber short tracks what else was their really to make the first 11 tracks of the 2nd disc.  We do however leave the happier sounds for the final 11 off the album. 

 

Super Mario RPG Original Sound Version: CD1 2/2 February 8, 2009

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 8:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. The Dungeon is Full of Monsters
  2. Let’s Go Down the Wine River
  3. Grandpa and the Delightful Tadpoles
  4. Shock!
  5. Sad Song
  6. Let’s Play “Geno”
  7. Geno Awakens
  8. Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms
  9. Rose Town
  10. From Inside the Earthen Pipe
  11. Welcome! Yo’ster Island!!
  12. Let’s Race!
  13. Hard-working Moles are Good Moles
  14. Docaty Mountain Railroad
  15. Welcome to Booster Tower
  16. And My Name’s Booster
  17. Long Long Ago…
  18. Heart Beating a Little Faster
  19. Slope

1. The Dungeon is Full of Monsters

Well, if you can guess where this song is played, then it’s obvious.  It’s a really dark and foreboding area song, but it suffers from the repetition issue because it never really goes anywhere and you can only stand so much organ for so long.

2. Let’s Go Down the Wine River

OMG hick music at its best.  Even though the song doesn’t have a main role in the game rather imposing as a mini-game tune, I actually found the charm instantly here.  I just wished there was more of it to listen for.

3. Grandpa and the Delightful Tadpoles

Since the area where this tune is played is near water, you’ll hear steel drums playing the main melody of the song, but other than that, I found this to be really empty almost.  If it wasn’t for the jolly mood the song was portraying as, this tune would’ve been a huge failure.

4. Shock!

If there was a track that was beyond pointless, this would definitly fit into that category perfectly.  All it is is two dejected notes that sound horrible to represent the emotion of shock.  Not flattering and leaves me to question why this was on here in the first place.

5. Sad Song

Shock to sadness?  Well, this track was pivotal for the storyline for Geno so, you can see how it fits.  There’s a lone piano playing here and it does sound depressing and quite the odd one not be any bouncy and fun like the others.

8. Let’s Play “Geno”

I’ve always wondered why they had to rearrange “Athletic” from Super Mario World for this tune.  I honestly, don’t remember hearing this tune, so I must’ve not paid that much attention, but if it was my guess…it was probably when Mario met the Toad kid in Rose Town for the first time and saw the Geno doll.

7. Geno Awakens

Twinkly sounds begin this otherwise short tune and ends on a good note.  The song gradually gets louder and happier and when the twinkly sounds start to diminish, this small ditty tune starts to play instead.  I really liked the song.

8. Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms

“Geno Awakens” is easily overshadowed by the fan’s favorite and most memorable track, Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms managed to capture a forest’s mood, like there’s something looming in mystery and covered up by a catchy melody.  It’s nothing short of amazing here and such fun-loving track too, I mean what’s not to like about it?

9. Rose Town

Town themes in this game always have the bounciest melodies and Rose Town is no exception.  I do have to say that it is way too short to be even liked fully.  Still, it’s an alright town theme, but not my favorite of them.

10. From Inside the Earthen Pipe

Another rearrangement of a classic Mario tune, this time in the form of the Underground music from 1-2 of the orignal Super Mario Bros.  In this game it still plays during the underground portion that links to Yo’ster’s Island.  Not the most original of tunes but definitly used for the nostalgia.

11. Welcome! Yo’ster Island!!

We’re talking Yoshi here.  Even though Yoshi once again wasn’t that important in the game, it was really nice they at least put them somewhere nice.  It doesn’t seem really “islandy” as some of the other Mario tunes mostly from later release “Super Mario Sunshine”, but it was OK, just not that memorable IMO.

12. Let’s Race

This song was used in a mini-game that had to with racing Yoshi’s….Sadly the music was fast and had a marching style tied to it as well.  Worse was the fact whenever this song played, it somehow frustrates me especially when you have to pay attention to the mini-game and the music is just blaring by.

13. Hard-working Moles are Good Moles

Moleville, oh what an original title right?  Well, it has a sense of serious work and does sound like they’re mining, but it also seems like it represents a little clumsiness as well.  I thought it was the perfect theme to Moleville for sure though.

14. Docaty Mountain Railroad

There was no way around it.  You had to listen to Docaty Mountain Railroad during the ride out of the mountain.  It’s a typical train song so it’s not anything new, but the fiddle usage and the whole Western feel made it a new sound on the game.

15. Welcome to Booster Tower

I’ve always felt this song was looming darkness.  There’s strings playing the melody, but there’s low horn and shuffling and other small sounds that makes up this tune.  Like I said there was an unsettling dark sound to it and it’s perhaps Booster was represented as evil, but maybe I’m thinking to much.

16. And My Name’s Booster

For being a bad guy named Booster, his theme track was anything but.  It was more of a sneaky persona with the feeling I was getting by listening to it.  Likewise it’s bouncy, but it’s just nothing special once again.

17. Long Long Ago…

Oh the nostalgia factor just went up again.  This time with the main series’s most recognizable tune.  Stage 1-1 makes an appearance in the game, but in the most random way and everyone should know where that is in this game.  At least Nintendo was nice enough to remind us of Nintendo’s biggest game.

18. Heart Beating a Little Faster

Just like the original, when time was running low, The game notified you by doubling the speed of the song trying to get you to move faster.  They also kept this intact in the game where it plays at the same spot where you run into the previous track.  It was so funny just going through that moment in the game.

19. Slope

We finally finish the first disc with the chase scene’s tune when Booster runs away with Peach.   It’s not a spoiler alright, just a minor part of a bigger issue.  Slope doesn’t really sound like something you’d chse someone with, but accounting that it is the longest track between these 19 tracks it’s surprising.  By itself though, it kind of is annoying because it’s frantic sound and overall repetitiveness…

Tracks Recommended

  •  Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms
  • Let’s Go Down the Wine River
  • Geno Awakens
  • Sad Song
  • Welcome To Booster Tower

I’m not sure what happened, but some of the songs here were just plain to me.  Other than the fact that this was the 2nd half of the 1st CD, I’m surprised at how much nostalgia was found on the ths half.  Let’s hope the 2nd disc won’t be as meh as the first disc.

 

Super Mario RPG Original Sound Version: CD1 1/2 November 30, 2008

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 3:49 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Happy Adventure, Delightful Adventure
  2. Let’s Try
  3. In the Flower Garden
  4. Bowser’s Castle (First Time)
  5. Fight Against Bowser
  6. The Sword Descends and the Stars Scatter
  7. Super Pipe House
  8. Where Am I Going?
  9. The Road is Full of Dangers
  10. Fight Against Monsters
  11. Victory!!
  12. Hello, Happy Kingdom
  13. Explanation
  14. A New Partner
  15. Still, the Road is Full of Dangers
  16. Invincible Star
  17. Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster
  18. Here’s Some Weapons
  19. Fight Against an Armed Boss
  20. Got a Star Piece

1. Happy Adventure, Delightful Adventure

Well, we start off with the entry track as it isn’t exactly the first song the plays whe you start the game.  It’s quite peppy and the whole hero sound is actually quite noticeable from first listen.  Now granted that the whole OST is keyboarded, I do liek the strings played even though they aren’t really strings…. After a while it ends on a gloomy kind of feeling which doesn’t add up to our next track.

2. Let’s Try

Which is our menu screen music.  So it’s a little strange to go back to happy stuff.  Anyways, it’s the Mario theme givin an SNES touch.  It’s not very long and it loops pretty quickly.

3. In the Flower Garden

Now, it starts off quite serene and then you hear some dark gloomy sounds which is actually Bowser kidnapping Peach uhhhhhgain.  Then this little marching pace happens and finishes up the track.  Seem’s like Mario’s on the case uhhhhhhgain…So much for being interesting LOL.

4. Bowser’s Castle (First Time)

Got to love his castle.  Now the song is very short for some reason…Anyway there’s definitly some organ present playing the main melody, which isn’t much of one in the first place.  At the same time there’s some notes that are bouncing and it doesn’t quite sound right in my opinion.  It’s probably because of the short playtime it has.

5. Fight Against Bowser

We come to our first of the Boss theme’s and surprisingly Bowser isn’t the main boss this time.  His theme is pretty quick as well.  I do love the melody playing against the beat causing a chaotic sound.  Sad that it loops so soon though. 

6. The Sword Descends and the Stars Scatter

Twinkly sounds begin this otherwise dark tune.  The organ introduces us into what basically starts the story.  The loudest part is probably when the sword actually sets itself in Bowser’s Castle.  Doesn’t that the sword is a homewrecker?  I suppose it does ^_^

7. Super Pipe House

Yep, you guessed it Mario’s home is smaller than Peach’s home, what a bitch…Anyway this area is definitly Mario’s home because of it’s accompanying music which is obviously the theme that’s so well-known through his legacy.  If you didn’t recognize it then shame on you!

8. Where Am I Going?

The world map music is definitly a little disappointing.  All it really is is a woodwind instrument playing staccato notes and there’s like bits of other sounds, but they aren’t important enough for me to care about it.  You’ll be hearing this a lot.

9. The Road is Full of Dangers

The first of many area theme’s, is surprisingly cute and full of life.  Even though the word “Danger” doesn’t quite make a meaning to this piece at all, It’s definitly a nice listen.  I mean you got woodwinds playing and some percussion…Marimba maybe?  It’s so nice to hear it whenever I’m in one of the places that plays this tune.

10. Fight Against Monsters

You’ll also be hearing this a lot as well.  Sadly, that’s where it gets bad.  You’ll hear it aloooot.  The song is very repetitive at the start, but it changes into a quiet flute section before its loop back into the main part.  What bothers me is that it’s a little too happy-go-lucky for a battle track IMO.  Probably could’ve made it more serious.

11. Victory!!

Even the victory theme is so happy and sooooo short too.  I guess staying on this song would bother you because it doesn’t lead anywhere interesting.  As with the battle theme you’ll get tired of this one pretty quickly as well.

12. Hello, Happy Kingdom

Mushroom Kingdom’s town theme is definitly surprising at the least.  It’s marching style definitly encases the whole kingdom feel to it and packs a good punch at the same time.  There’s actually something to the song that doesn’t overkill the mind and wants you to shut it off.  Weird to hear a metronome going off at the quietest part.  Still, good town theme.

13. Explanation

I have no idea why they had to include this empty track.  All it is is a shuffle and dang played over and over.  Talk about absurd.  I guess it’s known as the song where Toad comes in and explains (hence the title).

14. A New Partner

Even worse is that the track is only 8 seconds of uselessness.  It’s the jingle when you get a new partner…WOOOOOW….

15. Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

I actually like this area tune a lot more than the first one.  There’s a little more oomph to it and continuing with I’m guessing is a shuffle sound it definitly has its perks to it.  It could be those fast xylophone parts or the woodwinds playing.  This definitly sounds like adventure music right here.

16. Invincible Star

Yea, yea, it’s the invincible song played again.  Funny that it sounds like Super Mario Galaxy’s version of it which is a great nod right?  Shockingly, this actually isn’t played a lot, as the item isn’t available as much as let’s say SMW…or mainly the others.

17. Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster

Surprisingly, the boss battle theme is very serious.  The most intriguing feature is the choice of sounds and the use of a minor disc scratch which makes the track standout from the other ones pretty quickly.  It also seems sneaky almost with the 2nd part of the tune.  Pretty cool if you ask me.

18. Here’s Some Weapons

Here’s Some Weapons is very sneaky almost to the point where it seems like it’s a bad thing.  It seems the instrument of choice playing a good portion of the melody is an accordian which basically adds to the whole mysterious vibe of the piece.  Nothing too fancy though.

19. Fight Against an Armed Boss

The 2nd boss tune pop after and it still a serious battle tune, even angry almost.  I liked the fact that the bassoon plays a major role as the main melody.  Sadly it doesn’t really change as much as the previous boss theme does.  It did it’s job so that’s all that matters at this point.

20 Got a Star Piece

Yep, after you beat an important boss, you get a star piece which is the most important thing in the game.  Now, it’s also split into two part one being where you see the star and the 2nd being the part where Mario actually gains it.  In other words a slow twinkling and then the whole celebritory fanfare of getting it. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Hello, Happy Kingdom
  • Super Pipe House
  • Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster
  • Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

The first half of this OST was a little boring and not much to it really.  It’s your basic first tracks of a RPG, battle theme, boss theme, intros….etc.  Still, the best is yet to come actually. 

 

Still Alive – The Remixes [The Theme of Mirror’s Edge] November 21, 2008

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 4:56 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge) (radio edit)
  2. Still Alive (Benny Benassi mix radio edit)
  3. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk mix radio edit)
  4. Still Alive (Armand van Helden mix)
  5. Still Alive (Benny Benassi mix)
  6. Still Alive (Junkie XL mix)
  7. Still Alive (Teddybears mix)
  8. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk mix)
  9. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge)
  10. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk mix short version)
  11. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge) (US radio edit)

1. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge) (radio edit)

Well, we begin this album of the same song with pretty much what we all know of from this game.  Still Alive is sung by Lisa Miskovsky and she did a real good job of putting the song.  It’s a pretty moving song and definitly an interesting song to have put in a game such as Mirror’s Edge.  The music starts with a nice piano melody and then adds synth and drums and other things.  The chorus would be the only thing I do worry about because there isn’t much into it.  Other than that, it is shorter than the main version of course.

2. Still Alive (Benny Benassi mix radio edit)

I know who Benny Benassi is of course.  I love his songs for sure and I was excited to see that he put his part into this remix.  It starts out kind of like the original minus a few things and it sounds like Lisa is singing a little faster as well.  The dance beat starts up right at the chorus, and then it’s lead into this trance sound which covers it up.  Now for us, this is a shortened version which is definitly a plus in my book.  It goes back to being just Lisa and BKGD singers for the second verse and it really sounds kinda strange keep going bac and forth between trance and quiet. 

3. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk mix radio edit)

Ithink Paul van Dyk did a better job than Benny’s radio edit.  We immediatly get sucked into trance mode for this one and even better, he incorporates the main melody into the song mostly in the chorus.  It also quiets down after a while, but we eventually get back into the hypnotic beats.

4. Still Alive (Armand van Helden mix)

Think of Utada’s m-flo remix of “Distance”.  It starts with bits and pieces of the chorus all mashed up randomly into each other to create a beat.  There’s also distortions given to this area as well changing it up, but I really didn’t enjoy this remix because it didn’t really make sense.  There’s low synths here that Nakata could be proud of.  Just turn this off plz.

5. Still Alive (Benny Benassi mix)

Benny Benassi truly does better with longer remixes because he has time to gradually add or take away things.  Anyways, this is actually longer than 8 minutes and it still isn’t the longest song on the album.  You’ll eventually hear what the “radio edit” had in it of course…but all it is is a way longer version of the song.

6. Still Alive (Junkie XL mix)

Why does Junkie XL sound familiar, didn’t the remix one of melody.’s tracks perhaps?  The remix starts of very twinkly and really doesn’t go into trance mode either which is a breath of fresh air.  It still does have dance beats, but it’s more casual if you know what I mean.  The chords in the chorus really sound strange to me for some reason but everything else is actually nice and calm.  Cool remix.

7. Still Alive (Teddybears mix)

Clapping beats start this fun remix off.  I actually love the bass here because it’s practically the beat as with the clapping as well.  Lisa vocals are on double echo mode which will throw people off hearing this.  It also does seem the vocals are sped up here as well.  Definitly another good remix.

8. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk mix)

Longest track right here crossing 9 minutes…It’s definitly one of those typical trance songs.  You know they start up with the beat and eventually grows into the melody?  Yeah, it’s that obvious.  I also love hearing the bass as well here which kind of made the mix a little better.  It still doesn’t make it that good.

9. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge)

Finally we get into the original track.  Anyway the song does have a longer beginning and is a little slower thean the edits.  Still it’s got such an ethereal sound to it which is definitly something new to Vocal songs to a VideoGame.  Now I have another version that’s a minute longer than this which is weird, at least for me.  I guess my version has a longer ending. 

10. Still Alive (Paul van Dyk short version)

There’s a 3rd version of this certain remix?  My goodness.  Even then the radio edit is shorter than this so giving it this title is definitly wrong in itself.  I’d call it middle version since it’s over 6 minutes.  I can actually listen to this one fully and not be bored with because it doesn’t drag like the long one does or makes it sound cramped like the radio edit. 

11. Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge) (US radio edit)

Seriously?  What is the exact difference between this and the 1st track?  I mean it’s basically the exact track played all over again.  Maybe there’s a slight change of sound but I’m not too exactly sure.  Anyways, I actually like the longer versions more than the shorter ones because there’s more time to enjoy the music. 

Tracks Recommended

  •  Still Alive (The Theme of Mirror’s Edge)
  • Still Alive (Junkie XL mix
  • Still Alive (Teddybears mix)
  • Still Alive (Paul van Dyk short version)

My goodness, this OST, should’ve had more variety.  Like you could have switched styles on some of them because seriously, this was just trance/dance blah blah blah.  Maybe an original track could’ve been nice to hear as well, not to say Still Alive was bothering me or anything, but this many remixes for one song?  Too much.  Still the original is awesome

 

Atelier Series & Mana-Khemia Vocal Collection: VOLKSLIED 2 October 9, 2008

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 6:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Akatsuki no Kakera
  2. Yaten ni Tomosu
  3. Hitoribocchi
  4. carrot
  5. Zutto
  6. Koikaze Tayori
  7. Lhiannon Shee
  8. Inori no Umi
  9. ROYAL BLUE
  10. Frasco Boy
  11. Change My Life
  12. Yoru no Tsubasa

1. Akatsuki no Kakera

You can already tell about this song that it’s one of many medieval-like sounds from this album.  Yuki Mizusawa sings around in this track in a very moving fashion.  The thing I really enjoyed about this song is how much bass present in the song where it stands out from a lot of the instruments.  The violin solo also stuck out in my mind from this track and really opened the song further.  Yuki does has some trouble keeping the higher notes in tune, but it’s nothing too bad.

2. Yaten ni Tomosu

Taking a less drive and flare that the first track had.  Yaten ni Tomosu mixes the whole medieval style with some beautiful strings.  There’s something that was a little too familiar with the previous track as well, causing me to have mixed feeling about the song.  I’ll agree that Noriko Motose sounds a lot better than Yuki and her vocals really made the song seem better…even though it was short.

3. Hitoribocchi

A ballad pops up next and there’s some hollowed sounds and with some lower-sounding strings being the music practically.  Somehow there’s something missing to this song and it just left me bored.  I just didn’t connect with this song even though it does sound like something I would eventually hear with other female artists.  Which the singer didn’t do too bad of a job really. 

4. carrot

There’s something wrong when you get an artist with a nasally voice to do a track and that’s what carrot’s problem was.  Set with that familiar tone that the 1st two tracks had and to be honest that’s what I liked about the song.  The clapping was kinda of cute as well, giving it a fun atmosphere.  To think that Yuki also sang on this blew my mind because she totally killed the song with her honky voice.

5. Zutto

We roll back into the ballad songs with Zutto, a more fitting ballad with MARIE at the reins.  I loved her child-like vocals that fit with the acoustic guitar, but I’m also still hearing a lot of bass.  The violin solo though really made the song stick out in a more beautiful fashion.  What a nice track!

6. Koikaze Tayori

Now, this is a twist.  The song sounds very upbeat and interesting at the beginning.  I think the song is an early favorite for me with it’s easy and pretty synthy set-up.  Haruka Shimotsuki leads the song and her voice is very interesting at the least but, I think it suits this pop tune.  Obviously you can’t have a song without a violin solo XD.  

7. Lhiannon Shee

Interesting,  the song at the start is pretty ethereal as songs go and when Noriko comes in, it stops and goes into this dreamy-like state for the verse until she hits the bridge where electric guitar makes its presence known.  The song is the perfect sound of adventure if you ask me.  It’s like the song is telling a story almost.  One of the best tracks on the album.

8. Inori no Umi

The calm sound of waves introduces us into this track sung by Haruka Shimotsuki is another one of those songs that would sound great if it had a music video for it…Though that’s just my opinion.  Haruka’s vocals are sort of on the downside because she’s trying for the high notes and they turn flat.  Musically, it’s pretty upbeat and quite nice actually.  The acoustic guitar player is really good for some reason. 

9. ROYAL BLUE

ROYAL BLUE is definitly the stuff I would usually listen to, so hearing this on the album totally knocked me off my seat because it just didn’t fit on the album, but on the other hand it’s a really good track with it’s aggressive guitar riffs and Marie singing on it.  The bridge is probably made me the happiest because it just captured my attention. 

10. Frasco Boy

The last new singer featured on this album is Rekka Katakiri she sounds pretty interesing.  The song being one of those happy moments does sound good, but please Rekka don’t sing in a higher tone please….  There’s some nice instruments like hearing church bells ringing after a verse was nice, but the happiness written in the song totally made it seem useless or awkward.  Nah, maybe I don’t like the track.

11. Change My Life

Haruka disappoints me for this track.  Her voice is oddly squeaky and very seiyuu-like and the music is full of staccatos and pan flute usage.  To think that would have been a good combination fails to see how awkward it sounds.  Haruka needs some English lessons because she’s failing bad. ~Flesh your hush? ~Change my love?~  Yes, but it is the shortest song not even making 3 minutes, so I was happy at the end.

12. Yoru no Tsubasa

Wow, the synth opening the song sounds so good after that mess that was the last track.  Once again Haruka takes the song, I still hear her unsupported vocals take over, but the music is quite nice at making her voice seem better, or at least trying.  The chorus though kind of sounded unfinished perhaps?  I mean they could have added so much more to make this song better.  I don’t know what the solo instrument of the song was but that was some fancy playing right there.

Tracks Recommended

  • ROYAL BLUE
  • Lhiannon Shee
  • Koikaze Tayori
  • Akatsuki no Kakera
  • Zutto

Kind of a request, I kinda like Vocal Collections because it captures most of the time the theme of the games.  The choices of singers here, were pretty good, but then again some of them have some troubles or some out of pitch.  Doesn’t mean nothing when the song’s music is behind them, which was mostly pretty good.  I kind of saw a transition from the medieval/Renaissance stuff into the more modern sounds of today.  That’s was an awesome idea.  Pretty good album overall