Adam Corn May 18, 2012
After inexplicably ignoring this album for the longest time I picked it up on the cheap as a random find at Book Off a while back. (Have I ever mentioned I love Book Off?)
First the question: What track from the OST is "Plastic Castle in the Air" arranged from, or is there one? I did a super-quick scan through the OST with no luck.
And the comment: This is a nice arranged album! Can't believe I let it slip past me for so long. Nice mix of instrumentals and vocals, lively and more quiet tracks, and all very much in the spirit of the first two OSTs. And the "Withered Earth" arrangement is *outstanding*. OST version - good, Asian Collection version - outstanding, Orrizonte version - equally outstanding but in a completely different way (closer to the OST).
The album needs another track or two the quality of Withered Earth or its other standout tracks (Amid the Silence, Captured Town, and Plastic Castle) to rank among my top favorites, but still I love arranged albums like this and Romancing Saga ~La Romance~ that take a small ensemble of talented musicians and do wonderful things with them.