I listen to quite a bit of stuff. I am honestly impressed with their efforts, both the scope and the execution. It has a very professional sound that is levels beyond their previous projects.
Anyway, I like to think I listen to a lot of stuff (although I admit I don't listen to a huge amount of dojin efforts). I particularly enjoyed that recent Magical Trick Society album of FFXII stuff. As far as professional arrangement albums, CTBoT and Rockman X Alph Lyra are my favorites, and I can't deny the DQ Symphonic Suites or the FF Piano Collections.
The fact of the matter is I like a lot of different kinds of music, and there are tons of styles represented on Voices of the Lifestream. I thought each style was done well, and even though their individual orchestral tracks might not be on the level of Symphonic Suite albums, the fact that there is so many styles done so well is absolutely impressive.
Of course it's not going to please everybody. I think it should, given there is something there for everyone, but again, it's just hard to please some people. That's fine if you don't like it, but I did. I stand by my assertion that it is one of the most impressive and encompassing arrange albums/projects (or whatever you want to call it) based on the quality of the music and the scope of the project. In your opinion, only a few tracks may be worth another listen, but that's just your opinion, and you shouldn't try to put me down because my opinion doesn't agree with yours. There are lots of people who are as impressed as I am with the project.
You have to keep in mind that I am a huge fan of game music, but there is a wider audience on Music4Games. It's an industry site, and a lot of the traffic comes from members of the game industry. Granted, I'm not going to change the truth of what I think about something based on that, but sometimes I have to simplify things to get an idea across to people who might not be into game music or might not have as large of a knowledge base of what's out there.
Anyway, I worried about this issue when I wrote the review. I knew some people wouldn't like it, and would not have nice things to say to me about it. I'm sorry you didn't like it, but I'd appreciate your support, as a member of the community, in trying to get the word out about game music outside of the US on sites like M4G. That's why I'm there. There wouldn't be reviews of Japanese game music or a review of Voices of the Lifestream if there wasn't somebody like me there. The reason I post links to M4G stuff here is because I've been a fan for so long, and I've been in this community for so long that I feel like I should have your support in expanding the industry view of Japanese VGM.
And for the record, I'm not paid.