All right, I step out for the day and everyone throws a party...
People are being inane if they one the one hand state the usual "Sakuraba does too much, makes the his music bad" stuff while avoiding most of it, and then pick tracks they "surprisingly" like (I'll never forget how GoldfishX stated his joy about TotA's halfassed Tales battle theme medley "Everlasting Fight" which he thought to be new just because he conveniently enough skipped all the previous Tales soundtracks). It's obvious most people can't handle the mass of Sakuraba's output, but this is no reason to become incapable of just backing off from spouting negative opinions After.Every.f---ing.Single.Mention of Sakuraba.
Hey, if you're going to get this defensive over a f---ing COMPLIMENT I gave one of his tracks over a year ago, why not give me a hand dealing with people who think all of his battle themes are the same thing the instant they smell a hint of his progressive rock style and constantly do it everytime someone's dumb enough to nominate one into a situation where people seemingly with an agenda are asked to comment on it? I get tired of flying solo when telling people they need to get their hearing checked. Since, you know, Sakuraba actually writes SOME music I like, unlike the other example I used.
However...He releases a ton of music, far more than any single artist I know, I'm not shy about saying I don't think any of it is anywhere near Valkyrie Profile 1 (or Star Ocean 2, to a lesser extent) and I feel a lot of it is very rushed, poorly planned and ultimately disappointing (for extreme examples, see: the Valkyrie Profile 2 OST+arranges and Baten Kaitos 2). On a more basic level, I don't care that much for solo piano, regardless of who does it...Which is why I voiced my opinion of disinterest when I saw what this album consisted of and knowing my favorite Sakuraba material never involves solo piano.
Oh and by the way, I owned Tales of Phantasia (PSX remake + I've heard the the SPC set for the SNES game), Symphonia and Tales of Destiny 2 (I skipped Eternia...shoot me), moderately enjoyed them and I simply didn't notice the recurring melodies in Everlasting Fight. Boo-f---ing-hoo.
But if people like Amber and now Arcubalis get the same cynical circle jerking after posting something is seriously wrong (and no, it's not some opinion that is).
Considering the only music I've ever agreed with Arcubalis on is Velvet Revolver (and even then, mostly because of Slash and I'm still hoping they find another vocalist), I find it highly unlikely I'd have the ability to influence him...