Reading the more or less negative reviews about this remixes album, or seeing that this whole CD was labelled as "trance" made me want to write my own review about it.
Know that "Parasite Eve Remixes" may require a wide and knowledgeable taste of most electronic genres to be appreciated at its fullest. This album has many genres going on: Trance, Techno, Deep House, DnB, Trip-Hop and even IDM are part of this CD.
The opening track, Yoko Shimomura's DnB approach to "AYA's theme", is definitely a very nice work. Combining a very nice amount of piano lines, powerful drum work and carefully mixed ambience elements; this track proves to be a very interesting and catchy listen; and might possibly be one of your favorite tracks later on.
The "Plosive Attack" remix caught me off guard, since I usually am not a fan of such tracks. This track is basically a techno track with trance elements going on; it captures a few key elements of the original track but is pretty much a free remix. The very good production, and constant feel of "progression" going on in it, making every big transition extremely enjoyable, really makes that track stand out as both a clubber's and listener's choice.
About the "Primal Eyes" remix that seems to be the oddity that not many people can seem to enjoy; know that it was the IDM track I was talking about. The music plays a lot with dissonance, broken rhythms and drum lines, filtering and various sound effects. And actually it is not a bad IDM track at all, and should please the enjoyers of the genre. For some of you who are not aware of what IDM is: it is an acronym for "Intelligent Dance Music" (yes bad term) and basically is "electronic music you can't dance to". The genre is a lot into exploration and pushing "music" further by breaking one or many common rules of traditional music composition. Some artists often labelled as IDM makers would be: Autechre, Aphex Twin, M-m, Brothomstates and Plaid to name a few.
Let's now briefly talk about the other tracks that are worth checking out as well. "Missing Perspective" is a Deep House track that works as "chilling out" music but does not provide much in terms of musical complexity (and also it is really, extremely different from the original). "Somnia Memorias Platinum Remix" is a nice, spiced up trip hop version of the original with Engrish vocals from a pretty nice sounding singer. "Across the memories" will please you if you are into fat, distorted industrial basslines/synths and jungle percussion. "Under the Progress" is a great track and might remind you of some past FSOL tunes. Also, "Urban Noise" is an excellent trip hop track that you'll most likely play on loop for a long time. "Arise within you" and "Influence of Deep" are also worth checking out.
Parasite Eve Remixes is definitely a CD to have for game music fans who'd like to hear or discover more interesting approaches to various forms of electronic music. This collection of tracks is pretty refreshing and will definitely change you from all the orchestral/celtic/piano remixes albums that Squaresoft generally has to offer you. Open your mind!