Original and different...
Reader review by Jockolantern
I've been a Estpolis ("Lufia" in the USA) fan every since the first game came out. So when I heard that the two game series had a soundtrack, I had to get it. I was not disappointed with this work of art at all. Yasunori Shiono is no Uematsu, but he has his own unique strengths (and weaknesses). From track 1, you'll be absorbed with great music from the Super Famicom, but that is "strengthened" up a bit by synths and drums to deliver some truly awesome music. Shiono's music goes from happy to sad; excited to mellow. This little switch is welcome and nice. The weaknesses are that the tunes aren't "big and boomy"; they remain soft and quiet for the most part, unlike some FF soundtracks out there. Also, some of the music lags on for a little longer than desired, but otherwise this is a good soundtrack.
The two CDs have music from Lufia 2 and Lufia 1. All the tracks on disc one are from 2, tracks 1-13 on disc two are also from Lufia 2, and tracks 14-48 are all from Lufia 1. The Estpolis 1 music isn't terribly great, but it isn't bad either. The crowning achievement on this CD is track 9 on disc two. It is an upbeat battle theme unlike any other created. All in all, if you like RPG music, you may want to consider buying this one (about $25 for 2 1/2 hours of game music isn't a bad price *at all*). This is, more or less, a "majestic" soundtrack, and should be given more attention. It has its own unique strengths, but still stumbles on a couple counts.