Just a few notes, from the past couple days...
-Went back and relistened to the Covenant of the Plume albums. I definitely prefer the remade tracks on this one. The songs have significantly more breathing room than the originals. Very noticeable in Hard Chain Reaction. Originals are hit or miss (mostly misses, I gutted a LOT of stuff out of this album), but the arrange album is actually REALLY solid from start to finish. Odd combination, since the arrange mostly focuses on newer tracks.
-The newer SO/VP band album is a cool idea, but WAY too much lead synth. It's out in front a lot and really hurts quite a few of the arrangements. This one ended up about 50/50 overall. I loved what he did with Dynamite...Totally different from the original:
I guess this one would be the lead single...It's exactly what I wanted from a "Stab the Sword of Justice" arrange. Way livelier than the SO2 Arrange Album version and it includes the whole song (it's a toss-up for me between the electric guitar synth of the SO2 arrange and the live guitar here)
And my favorite SO1 track makes an appearance. It's pretty good, but there's a few spots where that synth is just NASTY:
-DEFINITELY recommending Street Fighter V. I enjoyed the disc of stage themes nearly as much as the classic character themes. Each one, I expected kind of a shallow "regional" reference in the music, but there's a nice development into each theme that is just loaded with hooks. The New Zealand stage, Brazil stage and the India stage musics are good examples. I'm having a lot of fun with this one (and I say this as someone that found Street Fighter IV's soundtrack obnoxious). My favorite fighting game soundtrack of this decade, by far.
-Plants vs Zombies is a fantastic old-school soundtrack. A tad short, but very little goes to waste.
What got me to try this one?:
-Soma Bringer IS great, but it's Mitsuda on autopilot for 3 CD's pretty much. without the insane sound quality of Chrono Cross. I realized I wasn't gutting anything from this soundtrack, but very little was sticking out at the same time. Definitely a safe pick.
I think this ended up being my favorite track from the set: