Many, Many Soundtracks Reviewed
07.13.07 - 4:26 AM

It's Friday the 13th...ooh, creepy! What sort of creepy things would happen on a day like this? Maybe you'll see a huge spider on the ceiling above your bed. Maybe you'll meet someone that looks like your long-lost twin. Or maybe, just maybe, you'll take interest in some soundtrack reviews smack-dab in the middle of E3 hysteria.

Soul Cradle (coming to the US as Soul Nomad), subtitled The World Eaters, is Nippon Ichi's latest offering to the world. It looks pretty exciting, but for us audiophiles, it's even more exciting that Tenpei Sato is back, and his music sounds better than ever. Neal Chandran has written reviews for both the limited-release OST and the abundantly-released Arrange album. Check these reviews out!

Neal's other contributions for this update include two albums from one of his favorite love adventure series, Memories Off. Both are arranged; one in a traditional manner, and the other in a rather eccentric way. The former is a Piano Collection, while the latter is an "8bit arrange." Yeah, they took music that included live performances and high quality synth, and dumbed it down to the days of the NES. It's actually a fairly interesting concept album! Don't miss these gems!

What else have we thrown into the pile...ah yes, some Falcom!

Reader-reviewer Derek Strange brings us three reviews, spanning the decades that Falcom has influenced the VGM scene. The oldest is the "Falcom Namba Collection," which is a selection of arrangements from Hiroyuki Nanba (or, according to Falcom's romanization, "Namba"). Next up, there's the "JDK Unused Music" album. These tracks were songs originally written for The Legend of Heroes VI, but were pulled from the final release. It's not half-bad, but it is short, and definitely a collector's-only sort of album. Finally, there's Falcom's most recent release, which just hit online stores at the end of June: Ys Origin Super Arrange Version! Will it be anything like the disappointment we heard in Oath in Felghana's subpar SAV album? Read Derek's review to find out.

Okay, so we have some NIS, some Falcom, and some KID. That covers small-scale Japanese companies. What else can we add to the stew? How about some Western composers?

Jeremy Soule has been faithful to one MMORPG over many others: Guild Wars. I've written up my thoughts on the first album he released alongside the game. There are albums for the expansions released, but tonight, let's just work with what we have here.

Also added to the collection is the soundtrack to Gothic 3. As the game was developed by a German studio, it should come as no surprise that a German composer is at the helm of this one. Said composer is Kai Rosenkranz, and you may be shocked at the high quality of this score. Check out the audio samples while reading this review to get the full experience.

Next week, what will be in store? Maybe a pile of Square Enix classics? Perhaps some Castlevania, or some music from Yuzo Koshiro? Only time will tell. See you then!

Patrick Gann