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lordskylark Mar 17, 2008

Chris wrote:

Given the lack of popularity of the game, I think that album would have flopped. A Kingdom Hearts arranged album would have been a successful choice but less interesting.

You sure? Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 1 had an arranged album.

I'm still disappointed that SaGa Frontier 1 never had one, considering all 3 of the Romancing SaGa games had one and that was during the time when many low-profile games still received arranged albums.

Tim JC Mar 23, 2008

I just listened to the newest preview clip (Ending Theme ~ Heroes of Mana) - dude, it's so sweet. Just like the rest of them; it's like this whole album can't help but be gold. The great thing is that the tracks feel like glorified versions of the originals (hence "drammatica") --they don't need an arrangement overhaul, yet they're arranged enough to suit them perfectly for the orchestra sound that fully brings them to life. And we're talking well over ten tracks here. This is going to be a real highlight of my spring.

allyourbaseare Mar 24, 2008

It's Shimomura, so it's guaranteed to have at least a few good moments.  In all reality, this might be the last we see of the big-name composers until FFXIII hits, which, given Square's track record, should be due right around 2009-10. 

What's Junya Nakano doing?

What's Masashi Hamauzu doing (besides FFXIII)?

Hiroki Kikuta - Concerto, so at least we have that.

What's Yasunori Mitsuda been up to besides that soccer game for the DS?

Cedille Mar 24, 2008 (edited Mar 24, 2008)

allyourbaseare wrote:

What's Yasunori Mitsuda been up to besides that soccer game for the DS?

Last month he stayed in Czech for a week and recorded music with an orchestra. Not sure if it was a game project or not.

Herrkotowski Mar 24, 2008

There was also Soma Bringer which recently came out (OST soon), but I'm sure you knew about that one.

Rumors have it that the orchestra is for a big budget next gen project, but that can't be confirmed at the moment. I hope so though. I loved his work with the orchestra on Xenosaga.

Amazingu Mar 27, 2008 (edited Mar 27, 2008)

So I bought the CD yesterday, and I've only had time so far to listen to the music I actually know (so that's only KH and LoM), but I'm impressed. Definitely one of the best Orchestral arranged soundtracks I've heard in awhile, but then, I think there haven't been that many recently anyway tongue

I have to say though, the KH stuff is kinda hit or miss. I was kinda disappointed in Destati, because I felt it built up too fast when compared to the original.
Twinkle Twinkle Holidays is okay, I wasn't much of a fan of KHIIFM+'s new Christmas theme, but Neverland Sky is a very welcome arrangement indeed.
13th Anthology starts great with the Organization XIII dramatic theme and battle theme, but kinda loses its momentum halfway through when moving into the less interesting battle themes.
The Other Promise is very good though, a beautiful rendition of Roxas's theme.

On the LoM front however......WOW, this stuff is ALL win!

I guess the Title Theme is kinda obvious but still very good.
I have to commend the choice of songs though, these are all some of my, and probably other fans', favorites.
Hometown Domina is as beautiful as you could hope for, and even mixes in the My Home theme for that nostalgic feeling.
Colored Earth is very impressive. I would not have expected them to keep up with the original's pace, but they do a damn fine job at it.
Ruined Sparkling City or whatever the 'official' translation is, well, this was just MADE to be performed live, it almost brought a tear to my eye, beautiful stuff.

Also I listened to Somnus, but be warned, this is NOT the kick-ass orchestral theme that was used in the most recent FFvsXIII trailers, it's an entirely different image song altogether, and frankly, not very interesting.

Still, judging by how good all the LoM and most of the KH stuff was, I'm sure Live a Live, Front Mission and Heroes of Mana fans will be VERY pleased with what they're getting as well.

Here's to the next 20 years, Mrs. Shimomura! wink

Herrkotowski Mar 27, 2008

This is a decent effort. Nothing spectacular save for a few tracks (six by my count). The orchestration is superb, but at the same time, a lot of the tracks just breeze right by. Really easy listening.

Perhaps if she chose different tracks, I might have been impressed a bit more.

KujaFFman Mar 27, 2008

Amazingu wrote:

13th Anthology starts great with the Organization XIII dramatic theme and battle theme, but kinda loses its momentum halfway through when moving into the less interesting battle themes.

I don't consider Chain of Memories' "Lord of the Castle" to be less interesting. To me, it is the true climax of the track. Simply amazing!

Excellent album overall.

Wanderer Mar 27, 2008

lordskylark wrote:

What's the total playtime of drammatica?

59:40, give or take a few seconds.

I've listened to it once and I think it's pretty good. I'm not a big Shimomura fan but the orchestra shows off her music very well (with the exception of "Destati", where the chorus is annoyingly flat).

the_miker Mar 31, 2008

I literally got chills while listening to Hometown Domina and Colored Earth for the first time, so good!  Some fiiine arranging here with a nice powerful orchestra.  Highly recommended to any Shimomura fans out there, you will not be disappointed.  Every major VGM composer should do a "best of" orchestra project like this!

-Mike

Arcubalis Mar 31, 2008

the_miker wrote:

I literally got chills while listening to Hometown Domina and Colored Earth for the first time, so good!

Funny.  Same two tracks that I enjoyed most.  It's a great album overall, but I think my experience with LOM makes those tracks even better.

Qui-Gon Joe Mar 31, 2008

Yeah, may well be my new favorite arranged album ever.  There's nothing on it that I don't like.

Does anybody else feel like the FFvsXIII track seems out of place?  Not bad, at all (I quite like it, actually), but it just seems not to mesh with everything else on the disc in some way that I can't put my finger on.  Recorded elsewhere at a different time by different performers, maybe?

Ramza Mar 31, 2008

this is the first time P-A's let me down. I asked for overnight shipping, and I still don't have it. wtf. I want it SO bad.

Flexar Apr 2, 2008

Could someone please translate the liner notes and track explanations?
I, as well as many others I reckon, would REALLY appreciate it.

Ramza Apr 4, 2008

Finally got it from Play-Asia. Resisted the temptation to download it up to this point, am about to start my listen. But first I was doing my packaging scanning (I know packaging scans exist elsewhere, but I like to keep full records of the stuff I buy). And I saw that, indeed...

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

Does anybody else feel like the FFvsXIII track seems out of place?  Not bad, at all (I quite like it, actually), but it just seems not to mesh with everything else on the disc in some way that I can't put my finger on.  Recorded elsewhere at a different time by different performers, maybe?

Absolutely. The whole album was recorded by a specific orchestra in Cologne Germany ... EXCEPT for Somnus. Somnus' recording was done at Sound Inn Studios in Japan, and is probably the exact same recording that we will no doubt see on the Versus XIII OST at the time of its release.

Ramza

Ramza Apr 6, 2008

Amazingu wrote:

Also I listened to Somnus, but be warned, this is NOT the kick-ass orchestral theme that was used in the most recent FFvsXIII trailers, it's an entirely different image song altogether, and frankly, not very interesting.

What the f--- are you talking about? I finally got through this album, and I was like "wow I wonder what Somnus will be if it's NOT the trailer music."

...............

It is the trailer music, genius. Listen to Somnus, then watch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cWU-M9EpEg

listen for the word "tragedia" ... it's the same song, if the vocalist hadn't given it away.

Were you thinking of the FFXIII trailer with Hamauzu music perchance?

Either way, I want to slap you for calling this song anything but interesting. It totally captivated me. tongue

Ramza

KujaFFman Apr 7, 2008

This trailer is quite old now: though we got to watch it in December, it actually dates back to summer 2007. Two new trailers have been unleashed since then, but only in closed theater during the Tokyo Game Show (September) and Jump Festa (December). I guess these new trailers have new music too. At least one of them has an extended version of Somnus, with solo violin.

Chris Apr 7, 2008 (edited Apr 7, 2008)

I'm usually the one to make tonnes of picky criticisms, but this time I feel pretty satisfied. I'm very glad a proper orchestrator was used and I think Natsumi Kaneoka was a great choice as a very diverse colourful musician. I thought that the orchestra did a  fine job here and I think any issues with balance are because Shimomura wanted it like that, not because of bad recording engineers or an attention-seeking percussionist.

BTW Ramza, I just read your review of Drammatica. Nice job and great to see this album getting some praise. However, no Square Enix members really had anything to do with this recording (Shimomura and Kaneoka are freelancers, the producer and orchestra are German). Plus Noriko Matsueda has been retired since 2003 (Takahito Eguchi is still going but as a freelance vocal arranger / orchestrator / anime composer) so next to no chance of an album there. sad

Ramza Apr 7, 2008

My understanding was that some of the financial backing was from Square Enix. That Shimomura basically got the same sort of deal that Hamauzu got. I know that Shimomura isn't "stuck" to SE like Hamauzu is (Shimomura's done some anime work right?), but this project couldn't have happened w/o SE. That's all I meant from what I said in the review. But thanks for reading it!

Chris Apr 7, 2008

Ramza wrote:

My understanding was that some of the financial backing was from Square Enix. That Shimomura basically got the same sort of deal that Hamauzu got. I know that Shimomura isn't "stuck" to SE like Hamauzu is (Shimomura's done some anime work right?), but this project couldn't have happened w/o SE. That's all I meant from what I said in the review. But thanks for reading it!

Yeah, it did get financial backing and was published by the record label.

lordskylark May 3, 2008

I just got the drammatica cd. I like most of the material quite a bit.  I thought it was interesting that the FF13 track was recorded in 2006. I wonder if most of the soundtrack has been done for awhile or if it was just recorded ahead of time by itself knowing the trailer would be out first. I hope that a majority of the music in that game is similar and/or orchestral besides just that single track.

Ramza May 4, 2008

lordskylark wrote:

I just got the drammatica cd. I like most of the material quite a bit.  I thought it was interesting that the FF13 track was recorded in 2006. I wonder if most of the soundtrack has been done for awhile or if it was just recorded ahead of time by itself knowing the trailer would be out first. I hope that a majority of the music in that game is similar and/or orchestral besides just that single track.

I'm almost positive it was just that one recording done in '06 so they could reveal it with a sweet trailer. We've heard *no other* music from vs XIII in two years...if more awesome music existed, they'd drop a couple tracks on us. smile

And stop calling it FF13. It's FFvs13. DIFFERENCE!

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