The music in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Re-Arranged Album is really good dance music. I mean, *really* good dance music. "Dance music, Michael?" you say. "How in the world could Zelda music be dance-able?"
And here's my reply: drums. There is a drum set beating some cool rhythms in almost all the tracks of this CD. The drums make the songs less serious and less symphonic, to the point where they almost (and I stress *almost*) sound like pop music or something like that.
Is this good? Well, it all depends on your personal tastes. Do you like Breath of Fire 3 OST, Brink of Time, and Mario 64 OSV? Or are you more of a fan of soundtracks like FF6 Grand Finale, Chrono Cross, or Final Fantasy 7? If you like the latter (more serious, classical songs), you won't like this CD as much as those who are into the former. Now, that's not to say that fans of serious or classical music should not touch this soundtrack. LoZ:OoT RAA (long acronym, huh?) covers lots of styles. All I'm trying to do is associate it with other soundtracks.
This re-arranged album takes the example set forth by CDs such as Final Fantasy 5 Dear Friends and takes it to the next level: real instruments played on a synthesized background. And when I say "real instruments", I mean *real* instruments. The people playing the trumpet, guitar, violin, etc. on this soundtrack *know* their instruments. They play with incredible tone and range. It's a real treat.
Most of the songs on this album are really good, but there are a couple of puzzlers. For "Temple of Time", all they did was take the original song and intersperse it with some soprano-synth. It's boring. In addition, "Battle" song is little more than a cacophony.
Aside from those, the rest of the tracks are great, and really worth listening to. For instance, take track 1, "Title Theme". It is a really good example of what this album does to most of the songs: change the synth, add a drum beat, make it more upbeat, and intersperse it with some instrumental solos. This formula, in my opinion, spells success.
"Lon-Lon Ranch" is a vocalized piece sung by Emiko Shiratori, the same person who sang "Melodies of Life" for Final Fantasy 9. The part I like most about this track is the piano. (Is it synth?? I can't tell.) "Great Fairy's Fountain" is one of the slower songs in this CD. It uses real string instruments to create a nice effect. The only problem I have with this one is the strange synth that they chose for the melody in the first part of this song.
"Last Battle" is a great finale to this CD. The drum beat is cool, fast, and syncopated. The song would drag were it not for the incredible trumpet soloist playing little licks and solos throughout. Like I said before, the instrumentalists in this album are incredible.
That's about all there is to say about this re-arranged album. Definitely get it if you like Koji Kondo's compositions or have played Zelda 64. Even if you haven't, it's still worth a try.