This CD is not what I expected. Actually, it's what I half-expected but had hoped wouldn't be true. Parasite Eve had amazing music, thanks to Yoko Shimomura's brilliant compositions, but unfortunately that's not the case with its sequel.
First of all, Yoko Shimomura didn't compose Parasite Eve II OST. Second, almost all of the music is ambient. Since the sequel is more of a Resident Evil game than an Action/RPG like its predecessor, the music would (and should) be more ambient, to set a mood. But that's not good for listening outside of the game in my opinion.
In fact, some of these tracks are even *more* ambient than the music found in the Resident Evil games, if you can believe it. In the RE games for example, there are deep, menacing strings, creepy piano, etc. Here we have wind blowing effects, subtle creaking and cracking, and anything else that you can hear when you step outside at night. Of course it's not all like that, but that's the initial impression you get and it is disappointing. I would have been a little happier with RE-style ambience but, alas...
As for the good points of the CD, a few original tunes from the first game are reprised/remixed. "Forbidden Power [Theme for Aya]" is a remix of Aya's Theme. "MIST" is a remix of "Out of Phase" and is a slow, moody track. My personal favorite on the CD is "Tower Rendezvous". It's a slow piano song that sounds like lounge music from the '20s. It's very well composed I think, but I do like jazz piano music so I'm a little biased.
The sound programming on this CD is average at best. It is of good quality, but nothing really jumps out at you (especially since only a handful of tracks have noticeable music in them).
If you're a big fan of ambient music then you'll probably enjoy this CD, but all others should think twice about getting it, even fans of the original Parasite Eve OST. Also keep in mind that you won't get ambient *music* like in the Resident Evil soundtracks... you're getting mostly justambience.