Jon Turner Apr 30, 2020 (edited Mar 3, 2022)
This isn't meant to be a review, but a comment. The remake of Trials of Mana has just hit stores, and the soundtrack has hit digitally. (Hopefully it won't take too long for the physical version to be issued, too.) Apparently gamers weren't thrilled with the treatment predecessor Secret of Mana received, but luckily the soundtrack for this one turned out amazingly IMO. The reorchestrated versions of "Where Angels Fear To Tread", "Meridian Child", and "Return to Forever" are magnificent, arguably rivaling their SNES counterparts. While it would have been ideal for the rest of the soundtrack to receive a similar treatment, the rest of the compositions are treated very respectfully and are faithful to the originals, just with powered up instruments. The best arrangement, to me, is "Sacrifices - Part Three." The wicked electric guitar accompaniment gives just the right amount of aggressive edge that this piece requires. If you're a fan of Hiroki Kikuta's music and you love this particular soundtrack, there's no way you'd want to miss this one.