Parasite Eve Original Soundtrack

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Tracks

106 minutes total

Disc 1 (52 minutes)

  1. Primal Eyes
  2. Waiting for something awakens
  3. Overture
  4. Se il mio amore vincito
  5. Memory
  6. Gloom and doom
  7. Theme of mitocondria
  8. Sotto Voice
  9. Arize within you
  10. Main theme
  11. The surface of the water
  12. Aya and Eve
  13. Out of phase
  14. Urban noise
  15. Mystery notes
  16. Influence of the deep
  17. Phrase of aya
  18. Phrase of mitocondria
  19. Theme of aya
  20. Under the Progress
  21. Plosive attack
  22. Missing Perpective
  23. Memory II
  24. Force Trail
  25. Phrase of Eve
  26. Memory III

Disc 2 (54 minutes)

  1. Matrix
  2. The omission of the world
  3. Wheel of Fortune
  4. Kyrie
  5. Across the View
  6. Femmes Fatales
  7. A piece of Remain
  8. Musica mundana
  9. UB
  10. Escape from UB
  11. Main Theme
  12. Theme of Aya
  13. II
  14. Somina Memorias
  15. Consensous
  16. Someone Calls Me
  17. Main Theme Orchestral
  18. Influence of the Deep
  19. Se Il mio amore sta vincio
  • Released May 21, 1998 by Digicube (catalog no. SSCX-10020, retail 2854 yen).

Reviews

Undoubtedly the best soundtracks Square has ever produced.

Reader review by John W. Flynt

The first time I heard a clip of Parasite Eve's music it was from a scratchy, static-filled .mov file I downloaded previewing the game. I was shocked, no I was stunned by just how completely Square had succeeded in developing another musical style. This time not one for a mystical world of swords and magic (with the standard trumpets and fanfare) or even one like the techno thrill world of the future as in Einhander. This time they had designed a musical style with piano, tight synthesized percussion, and a slight hint of metal edge from the guitar. In short they had captured the musical attitude of our time.

Anyone familiar with modern music knows that the evolution of the synthesizer has melded it seamlessly into every musical genre. No more beeps, whistles, or emotionless drum beats. Now the synthesizer caries custom sounds and motifs that can't be reproduced with conventional instruments. Herein lies the strength of Parasite Eve Original Soundtrack. It captures this evolution perfectly. You won't feel like you're listening to knights going into battle, and you won't feel like you're in a techno Blade Runner world either. For instance, when listening to "Under the Progress", it's so easy to imagine you're running down a back alley in New York, desperately trying to catch Eve. If conveying emotion was the goal of Yoko Shimomura, then she succeeded brilliantly.

But it's not just about conveying that emotion, or developing a musical style is it? Are the songs good? The answer is undoubtedly yes, but with a quiet reservation. Make no mistake, you'll find yourself closing your eyes and feeling the calm of some songs, and for others you'll feel the adrenaline rush of a desperate battle. This is cinematic music at his finest. However, throughout the entire CD I can't help thinking, "Haven't I heard all this somewhere before?" For instance, the opera scenes sound hauntingly similar to the opera scenes of Final Fantasy III. And some of the songs and leitmotifs sound similar to the ones from Final Fantasy VII. Particularly, the female singing voice sounds like it was taken straight from Einhander. Chances are, however, that this problem lies at least in part on the limited sound synthesis capabilities of the Playstation.

On a side note, the last two tracks really deserve special mention; Square has orchestrated two of the best songs of the game along with the performance of an incredible singer. There is something very cool about listening to techno-opera at this level of quality.

All in all, I cannot recommend this CD highly enough. Everything from the music, to the cover art, and even its packaging is top notch. When Square advertises this as "the Cinematic RPG", they are certainly accurate about the music, which leaves me that much more breathless about the release of the game.

The new Square style.

Reader review by Kevin Quan

The music in Parasite Eve OST is upbeat yet mysterious, a style no RPG has ever encountered. Most people are used to hearing the wonderful music by Nobuo Uematsu in the Final Fantasy series, with its mellow sound and powerful feelings. But here we have a soundtrack based on modern music with electric guitars and synths. Parasite Eve is a pretty dark game (compared to other Square RPGs) and the music just embraces that effect. Although the soundtrack doesn't really have the emotional effects like FF7, the music does suit Parasite Eve better because it is a much more fast-paced game.

I would definitely recommend the Parasite Eve OST to everybody. Even if you are into FF music (like me), this soundtrack opens the doors for future musicians with a new upbeat and mysterious style.

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