An 'inspired by' album suitable for Ogre Battle fans and die-hard collectors.
Reader review by Adam Page
The Entrance is something else. For the most part, it's a disappointing image album for a game that had such incredible music. I'll get to the saving graces later in this review. The first complaint would be that only two tracks (one, really) contain melodies from the game. These two tracks are "Constellatus" and "Megalo Syntaxis tes Astronomias." All the other tracks are "inspired by". The music in these "inspired" tracks is non-melodic, dissonant, and inferior in all respects to the music heard in the game.
The tracks that have vocals ("Constellatus" and "SHADE OVER" in particular) contain some of the most poorly written lyrics I've heard in a while, and the male vocalist has an incredibly bad English accent. Just to give you an idea, here's an excerpt from "Constellatus": "Yes, it's the battle, human being confront with ogres a picturesque decay. They mess around, playing with sword." *Cringe* The narrator, who I swear is Michael Caine early in his career, does a decent job - but not good enough to compensate for the overall presentation of the one track in which he speaks ("Constellatus").
Now that I've ripped the disc to shreds, allow me to point out the silver lining. "Megalo Syntaxis tes Astronomias" is a well-arranged medley of seven of the best tunes from the game - most of which were composed by either Masaharu Iwata or Hitoshi Sakimoto. These two have done music for Tactics Ogre and Square's Treasure Hunter G. They also composed the song for the Final Fantasy Tactics movie on Square's demo disc and are working on the game's score as we speak. "Megalo Syntaxis" is 21'44", close to half the disc - so some may consider the single track alone reason enough to place an order. But wait, there's more! "Spectrum", the only "inspired by" track that I actually like, is a rocking song that is, indeed, "inspirational" at times. We now come to the final surprise. Risa Ohki, the goddess of game music, makes an appearance on "INNOCENCE". As always, she belts out a phenomenal performance - and luckily the lyrics are good in this one. Risa gets yet another chance to show off her multi-linguality, singing almost the entire song in perfect English. (There's one line of perfect Japanese.)
I did my best to bring out the strengths and weaknesses of The Entrance. People who are unfamiliar with Ogre Battle should obviously save their hard-earned yen for something else, but veteran players of the game may want to check it out.