There really hasn't been much VGM discussion recently (for a while actually), so I am curious what VGM people have been listening to recently. Feel free to update as often as possible, more discussion about VGM on a VGM forum is a good thing.
I have been going through an entire "re-evaluation" period with all of my old favorite albms and trying to hand out "honest" ratings (minus the nostalgia).
Positive Surprises: Game Music Graffiti, Sorcerian Perfect Collection Vol. 1, Legend of Heroes II Perfect Collection, Final Fantasy IX OST, Star Ocean 2 Arrange Album
Both Game Music Graffiti (mostly the NES cart and Gameboy sections) and Sorcerian Perfect Collection Vol. 1, I never realized how good they were. Thick, satisfying game music arrangements of classic tunes, nothing fancy. I wish the disk-based songs on GMG weren't so damn lousy and the Sorcerian arranges were a tad longer, but both albums produced two of the more enjoyable listening sessions I've had in a long time. Legend of Heroes II Perfect Collection has been largely ignored by me over the years, in favor of the amazing Turbo Duo redbook version of the music. The score has a lot of filler in it that needed to be snipped out and it adheres mostly to the upgrade philosophy without doing too much, but between the PC-98 versions and the upgraded arranges, it turned out pretty solid. I was never a huge Final Fantasy IX fan, including most of the soundtrack, but I have my greatest hits versions of it together (about 22 tracks) and not getting much out of recent Uematsu works makes this one worth going back to and exploring. And SO2 arrange has just held up well, better than VP Arrange, IMO. I snipped out the two non-SO2 tracks on principle (with a score that good, this never made sense to me) and I never understood the popularity of We Form in Crystals, but the other 7 tracks were just begging to be rediscovered.
Negative Surprises: Nazo Nazo's Perfect Selection albums, Phantasy Star Sound Collection 1, Sing!! Street Fighter II
Early on, back in the early-2000's, I was a big fan of the Konami Perfect Selection albums. Now...wow, these have not held up well at all. And I usually love 80's synth-based arranges with recorded guitar parts. Each album (Dracula, Twinbee, Gradius 1 and 2, Xexex, Parodius), about half of it can be thrown away for just kind of sitting there without doing much of anything, while each album also has between 2-3 killer, rocking arrangements that were always my focus throughout the years. But overall, they've slid and half of the tracks on these border on "unlistenable". The two exceptions were Snatcher and SD Snatcher Perfect Selection (which was actually the only one of these albums NOT arranged by Nazo Nazo) and Sound Racing History Perfect Selection, which are both far more consistant despite my lack of familiarity with the original tunes.
I will always regard Phantasy Star Sound Collection 1 as one of my favorite possessions and favorite arranges, but I simply cannot sit through the entire PS3 section anymore. Too many references to the main theme of the game (which is annoying and stereotypical) and I just clipped out Tracks 8 and 12 on my soft copy because they felt redundant. I'm also not thrilled they went for the endings for all 3 games, although I ultimately favorited the PS2 arrange. PS1 and PS2 have so many good tracks that could have been picked for this album. That said, these are nitpicks because the PS1 Dungeon medley and PS2 Field medley are two of the greatest arrangements in VGM history and make the album worth having for those alone.
And Sing!! Street Fighter II was sort of a prelude to the all-star arrange albums that became popular later on. Like most of those albums, it is disjointed, unfocused and ultimately unsatisfying. To be honest, I found most of this album pretty annoying and the only tracks I rated favorably were Chun Li's theme, Ken's theme and Sagat.