TALES OF INNOCENCE Original Soundtrack Another Innocence

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TALES OF INNOCENCE Original Soundtrack Another Innocence
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Composed by Kazuhiro Nakamura / KOKIA
Arranged by Taisuke Sawachika
Published by Flying Dog
Catalog number VTCL-60013
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 42 tracks
Release date December 19, 2007
Duration 01:04:07
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Overview

The Tales series hasn't always been of the highest quality when it comes to the music. Normally, Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura take up the composition, and they do, well, an okay job for the most part. The only time anyone else has composed for the main Tales series, it turned out to be an absolute masterpiece! I speak of the Tales of Legendia album here. So, when I heard that yet another composer from the Namco Sound Team would be scoring the next Tales game, I got very excited. Were we going to hear another masterpiece from a newcomer? I had VERY high expectations for this Kazuhiro Nakamura. He is credited only to the Time Crisis series as far as I know, and those soundtracks were pretty decent. So, how did he do? This album really disappointed me as a whole, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily 'bad'.

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The album begins with a track that Nakamura had nothing to do with. It's an amazing tribal vocal piece by KOKIA that really raises the bar in terms of opening themes for the series. Now we can get into the meat of the soundtrack. Tracks such as "The Scene of the Rocking Chair and the Cat" and "Break Through with the Sword" really made me attempt to absorb this album more, as their melodies and/or action somehow sparked my interest. The former of the two is a "conversation" scene theme in-game, and it seems to fit that role very well. The other piece is the normal battle theme. It seems to play off as a generic Tales battle theme, but I see a bit more in it. As far as the rest of the battle themes go, most of them are quite dull. "Break the Sword to Pieces" and "Before the Demise" are rather boring, especially if you take into consideration those are the normal boss and final boss themes, respectively. There just isn't enough "oomph" in these pieces to warrant any kind of battle.

Now, that doesn't mean everything on the album isn't without merit. "This Advancement Will Not Be Stopped", the overworld theme, is rather triumphant, and is exactly what I would want to hear in this type of track. While it is somewhat repetitive, it still fulfills it's duty better than some of the other generic overworld themes I've heard in the past. Another very nice piece, which ironically, is another overworld theme, happens to be "Into the Blue Sky". This piece still doesn't beat out Sakuraba's flying themes, but it does do an exceptional job at portraying the idea of carefree flight. The final dungeon theme, "Approaching the Summit", reprises the main theme in a much more frantic tone. This track is also enjoyable to a certain extent.

So far, everything I've discussed has been rather samey. Now, let's move on to the tracks that are a bit more off the beaten path. One of the most notable tracks here for me would be "Investigation of Vicissitude". The intro of this song begins with a tribal drumbeat, and a synth flute of some kind taking up what appears to be the melody. The track is rather boring until the 0:28 mark, where strings accompany the percussion and an acoustic synth guitar takes over the main part of the melody. This section is again reprised towards the end of the piece, with a much more moving guitar line. For a track that starts off so strange, this one develops very nicely. Another track I feel is worth mentioning is "Sky Fantasia". While it is rather uninteresting on most fronts, the layering of the harp and organ to create a very serene picture of the sky seems to work out flawlessly. Toward the end, the organ melody changes to something with a bit more desperation. This is one of my favorite cut scene themes from this game. Also, oddly enough, the organ sounds IDENTICAL to something Sakuraba would write.

The ending vocal theme, "Say Good-bye and Good Day" is one of the most emotional vocal pieces in the series thus far. The version on this album is shortened from the full version, but it still features all the key areas of the melody. While the majority of the song is played on acoustic guitar, electric guitar is still featured at times. The section at 2:11 is just heart wrenching. Everything drops out, and only the vocalist and a piano are featured. The vocalist is almost whispering here, and it gives a feeling that she may be crying. Just as fast as this section came in, the percussion comes back in and takes us back into the chorus of the song. This piece right here makes the whole album worth it in my opinion.

Summary

There isn't a whole lot to be said about this album. If you are a fan of the Tales series of music, it's still worth picking up. Nakamura did an OK job of trying to hold to Sakuraba's "Tales of" style. While some may feel that is a good thing, I just feel it ruined the chance for us to see another spectacular Namco album release. I understand that was somewhat of a biased statement, and to clarify I will say this: This album is worth picking up if you wish to hear something a bit different, but still in Sakuraba's range. If you are expecting something totally different such as the Tales of Legendia Original Soundtrack, stay away from this. One thing though: you MUST pick up the vocal single to this game. Both songs are incredible.



Album
6/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Bryan Matheny

Music composed by Kazuhiro Nakamura

"Follow the Nightingale (Game Edit Version)"
   Lyrics: KOKIA
   Composition: KOKIA
   Arrangement: Taisuke Sawachika
   Vocals: KOKIA

"say goodbye & good day (Game Edit Version)"
   Lyrics: KOKIA
   Composition: KOKIA
   Arrangement: Taisuke Sawachika
   Vocals: KOKIA
Album was composed by Kazuhiro Nakamura / KOKIA and was released on December 19, 2007. Soundtrack consists of 42 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Flying Dog.

CD 1

1
Follow the Nightingale ~Game Edit Version
01:33
2
The End of a Nightmare, But Still in the Middle of a Dream
01:07
3
Creation of Heaven and Earth
02:20
4
Breaking Through the Encirclement
01:23
5
The Scene of the Rocking Chair and the Cat
01:44
6
Path Which the Wheel Track Continues
01:10
7
This Advancement Will Not Be Stopped
01:44
8
Break Through with the Sword
01:36
9
The Captives
01:24
10
Death Approaches from Behind
01:28
11
At the Knees of the Saint
01:57
12
Chantey of the Iron Rust
01:06
13
Crush with the Sword
02:22
14
Picnic in the Cloudy Weather
01:18
15
Memory of the Music Box
01:15
16
Waterdrops, Drilling Through Time
01:41
17
The March of the Departing Shipmen
00:57
18
Reverse White Waves
01:28
19
Investigation of Vicissitude
02:06
20
Gaze Upon the Crimson
01:06
21
Cross Over the Crimson Lotus
01:21
22
...have a good rest time
01:44
23
Welcome to the Jungle
01:16
24
Peer Into the Abyss
01:48
25
On the Desert Island
01:20
26
Release with the Sword
01:31
27
Ideal Weather for a Walk
01:04
28
Tears of the Perplexed Souls
01:18
29
The Undeniable Truth
00:50
30
The Smell of Gunpowder on the Hill
01:22
31
Discord of Heaven and Earth
01:43
32
Snow Begins to Fall Outside the Window
01:27
33
Ruler of the Silver Ridge
01:31
34
Silver Fox's Dream of Digging Coal in the North
01:28
35
Into the Blue Sky
01:15
36
Sky Fantasia
01:29
37
Impending Sadness
01:52
38
The Wind Blows, The Earth Embraces my Body
01:23
39
Hymn of the God of Creation
01:14
40
Approaching the Summit
01:14
41
Before the Demise
02:11
42
say goodbye & good day ~Game Edit Version
03:01
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