Got a chance to listen to the soundtrack today. I'm definitely enjoying it; there's an abundance of interesting sound dynamics and arrangement choices that Takahashi has brought to these classic Final Fantasy pieces that, in my opinion, totally make them worth visiting again. Those sleek electronica bits in "Force Your Way" and "Man With The Machine Gun," for instance. The peppy-jaunty styling of FF1's "City Theme." The orchestral rawness of FF5's "Decisive Battle" and FF6's "Fierce Battle." Even some tracks I might not have necessarily cared much for before, like "Hunter's Chance" and FF2's "Battle Scene 2" suddenly become class-A songs in my book.
And then there's just the varied selection of the pieces themselves, which make for an aurally nostalgic listen. Labyrinth covers the entire FF spectrum, with the strong presence of FF5 songs pleasing me most -- but hearing the likes of FF4's "Airship," FF6's "Epitaph," and FF8's "Only a Plank Between One and Perdition" proved to be delightful surprises too.
Ai Kawashima's vocal piece "Door Crawl," though pleasant enough, is thematically disassociating. Between this and Chocobo Racing's "Treasure Chest of The Heart," though, Kawashima doesn't touch Hiromi Ohta. :)