Lost Odyssey Original Soundtrack

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Lost Odyssey Original Soundtrack
Коробка, перед
Covers release: JAMMAPARTS
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama / Satoshi Henmi
Published by Aniplex
Catalog number SVWC-7514~5
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 53 Tracks
Release date January 23, 2008
Duration 02:30:18
Genres Ambient / Choir / Classical / Classical: Orchestral Music / Classical: Symphony / Electronica / Electronica: 8bit / Pop: Japanese / Vocal
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Overview

We find Lost Odyssey being led by the charge of a tried and true combination of Sakaguchi and Uematsu, our old friends of Final Fantasy fame. After their lackluster performance in the US via Blue Dragon, the pressure was on to create an entertainment experience more likely to capture the hearts and minds of the target US audience. Yes, that's right, lonely bachelors between the ages of 16 and 40. In his attempt to produce a more adult game, Uematsu crafts an exceptional soundtrack that harkens back to "the good old days" of world maps, pixelated heroes and heroines, and megalomaniacal big bad end guys.

This album tends to play it on the safe side, rarely taking many chances with its progressions and choices of instrumentation. It remains cinematic in a sense, and carries a rich atmosphere that paints the appropriate pictures outlined by the titles. A strong album, but the obvious restraint keeps it from becoming groundbreaking or extraordinarily memorable. An unfortunate development, but perhaps necessary, given the tenuous hold Japanese RPGs have in America.

Body

The first track, aptly titled "Prologue" wallows in the main theme of the game, and does so in a somewhat predictable manner that is nonetheless enjoyable (even moderately inspiring). The militaristic feel continues unabated throughout the next several tracks, although "Fire Above the Battle" is particularly notable for its sweeping swells of brass and strings. I was reminded of Hamauzu on various occasions, which is always a good thing with this reviewer.

"An Immortal Life" quickly changes the pacing, taking on a melancholy mood that is also popular on this track. The respite is short, however, as "Battle Conditions" rips apart the relaxed ambiance with a fast-paced theme I can only assume is the normal battle track. It is much more like something you would expect to hear on one of the more classic Uematsu soundtracks, featuring steady 4/4 snares along with alternating guitar and synths. The victory fanfare is typical, with pulsing brass that gives way to a laid-back take on the game's main theme. Nothing out of place yet. No surprises, good or bad.

Things get (relatively) interesting during the environment and town/city themes, the choice of instruments and arrangement becoming much more unique in general. "Epsylon Range" is not an example of this, but it is no less enjoyable, reminding me very much of Narshe from Final Fantasy VI with its plodding rhythm and hazy strings. "The Witch's Mansion," however, is super creepy, which is something I never thought one could achieve with a honky-tonk piano (or what sounds just like one). The careful modulation of tempo and melody create a surprisingly tense and unique piece that is very enjoyable for its purpose.

I cannot go without mentioning the whacky zany altogether crazy nature of "Kelelon Forest," which is best described as a minimalist's Mysidia. A sine-like synth lead pokes about a goofy and cheerful melody, and is joined by comical percussion later in the piece. It is a welcome breath of fresh air from the doom-and-gloom war atmosphere and tragicness of the other tracks. "The Capital of Numara" is probably the best town theme on this album, having the most character of them all and a melody which evolves well with the harmonies which accompany it.

There are a couple of hokey and cliched pieces, such as "Gangara's Plot," which reeks of bad guy in an age-old method of harpsichord and deep strings. The vocal themes suffer from this as well, none of them succeeding at leaving a lasting impression upon the listening party, aside from the bitter aftertaste of excessive cheesiness. "Howl of the Departed" is something else, starting with very fake and lifeless choir that eventually evolves into a pretty solid battle theme. It does not last long, however, soon degrading into creepy Japanese mumbling and more uninteresting choral work. Not very impressive for a final battle theme.

Summary

This soundtrack is nothing special for Nobuo Uematsu. There is an assortment of strong and memorable tracks that one can easily listen to for an extended period of time, while a few almost feel like a sort of punishment. Of course, even bad Uematsu is pretty good. To judge this album requires one to specify the bar that should be set and surpassed. As far as video game music goes, this is above average, or even excellent. Unfortunately, for an Uematsu soundtrack, it is a little too typical and tame, following all the rules for its genres and failing to carve a unique place for its own music. The Lost Odyssey Original Soundtrack is a solid score that does its job — and pretty well, at that — but is nothing new. If you are hungry for something different, you may not find it here, but it is hard to not find something to enjoy.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Nathan Black

All Music Composed & Produced by NOBUO UEMATSU (SMILE PLEASE)
Arranged by SATOSHI HENMI, HIROYUKI NAKAYAMA

conductor
KOJI HAISHIMA

flute & piccolo
HIDEYO TAKAKUWA, KAZUHIRO IWASA, IKUE KOIKE, RYOSUKE MIKAME, NOZOMI SATO

oboe & english horn
KAZUHIRO MIYAMURA, ERIKO ARA, TOMOKO KUSUMEGI, KOUHEI SODA, YUKI SAITO

clarinet
KIMIO YAMANE, KAORU MIKI, NAOKI AOUDA

bass clarinet
KEN MATSUMOTO

bassoon
AYAKO KUROKI, NORIKO KAKIUCHI, YUUKI MAEZEKI, ASAMI NAKAHIRA

horn
TAKATO SAIJO, MASATO YOSHINAGA, SHUNSUKE WAKIYA, HIROFUMI WADA, TAKESHI HIDAKA, NOBUAKI FUKUKAWA, SATOSHI TSUKADA, YU KUMAI, KEIJI OOMORI, YOSHIHIKO SAITO

trumpet
KOJI NISHIMURA, SHINSUKE GOTO, TSUJIMOTO KENICHI, HITOSHI YOKOYAMA, MASAHIKO SUGASAKA

trombone
MASANORI HIROHARA, HISATO YAMAGUCHI, MOTOKI NISHIOKA, TAKAYUKI KIYOSUMI, HIROSHI ISHIKAWA, KANADE SHISHIUCHI, HIROYUKI KUROGANE, AKITO KAJIWARA

tuba
KIYOSHI SATO, SUSUMU OGINO

percussion
MIDORI TAKADA, YOTA MORI, AKIYO SHITOU, HARUMI NAKAMURA, MAYUKO UCHIDA, MIYAKO YONESHIGE

harp
TOMOYUKI ASAKAWA, ETSUKO CHIDA

piano
KEITA EGUSA, YOSHIHIKO ISHIZAKA, HIROYUKI NAKAYAMA, AI KAYUKAWA

strings
SHINOZAKI MASATSUGU STRINGS, HASHIMOTO AYUMI STRINGS, ABE MIO STRINGS

vocal
YURIE KOKUBU

voice
KATAN HIVIYA

soprano
TOMOMI ISHIGAMI, NAOMI KANEKO, CHIKA HIGASHINAKA

alto
MIKA KANEKO, YASUKO KINOSHITA, NATSUMI WATANABE

tenor
AKIRA KAKIZAKO, IKUO MANO, TOMOAKI WATANABE

bass
DAISUKE OOYAMA, HARUKI OSHIMI, TOSHIYA YABUUCHI

guitar/bass/programming
SATOSHI HENMI

percussion
ID:10 TEN

quena
ERNESTO KAWAMOTO (Grupo KHANTATI), KOUHEI TAKEDA (Grupo KHANTATI)

zampona
KOUHEI TAKEDA (Grupo KHANTATI)

charango.chajchas
SHIZUE SHIMADA (Grupo KHANTATI)

guitarra.bombo
ERNESTO KAWAMOTO (Grupo KHANTATI)

taiko
OSAMU MIYAKE (WAKAJISHI)

"What You Are" & "Eclipse of Time"

Vocals : SHEENA EASTON
Sheena Easton's manager : HARRIET WASSERMAN (Emmis Management)
Lyrics : HIRONOBU SAKAGUCHI
Arrange : SATOSHI HENMI, HIROYUKI NAKAYAMA
Studio : IGLOO MUSIC
Operator : GUSTAVO BORNER
Engineer : BRIAN KAHANEK
Assistant : JOSEPH GRECO

"Kaette kuru, kitto..." ("I Will Return, No Matter What...")

Vocals : FLIP FLAP
Lyrics : HIRONOBU SAKAGUCHI
Music : NOBUO UEMATSU
Arrange : SATOSHI HENMI

Рецензия на саундтрек Lost Odyssey

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 02.02.2009    1158
Album was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and was released on January 23, 2008. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Aniplex.

Sounds like Ambient, Choir, Classical, Electronica, Pop, Vocal - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
Prologue
02:18
2
Battlefield
03:01
3
The Gun Barrel Battle
01:51
4
Finishing Blow
00:22
5
An Immortal Life
00:48
6
Wohl Highlands
01:46
7
Battle Conditions
02:07
8
Victory
00:52
9
The Capital of Uhra
01:59
10
Neverending Journey
02:44
11
Epsylon Range
02:24
12
A Sad Tolten
02:31
13
Gangara's Plot
02:33
14
An Enemy Appears!
01:40
15
World of Ice
04:07
16
March of War
01:54
17
Crisis & Warning
02:33
18
The White Mother Ship
03:23
19
Eclipse of Time (Harp Version)
03:47
20
Numara Palace
02:57
21
The Capital of Numara
02:56
22
A Tiny Memory
01:47
23
Kelelon Forest
01:56
24
A Formidable Enemy Appears!
02:59
25
Parting Forever
02:16
26
Kaette kuru, kitto... (Piano Version)
03:54
27
Flashback
01:01
28
Invasion
02:16
29
A Sign of Hope
02:34
30
Theme of the Pirates
02:04
31
Yosolo
02:16
32
Tosca Village
02:21
33
The Witch's Mansion
02:24

CD 2

1
Kaette kuru, kitto... (Vocal Version)
06:32
2
The Mystery of the Demon Machine
02:01
3
Escape!
02:11
4
Saman, Town of Merchants
02:14
5
The Capital of Gohtza
02:01
6
Demonic Infringement
02:15
7
The Demon-Possessed Man
02:26
8
Determination
02:10
9
Blizzard Plains
02:02
10
What You Are (Guitar Version)
03:01
11
Battle with the Demonic Beast
02:30
12
The Wanderer of Darkness
03:04
13
Great Ruins of the East
02:18
14
Dark Saint
02:55
15
The Great Voyage
02:59
16
Narrow Dimension
01:23
17
Space Distortion
02:01
18
Howl of the Departed
04:55
19
Seth's Theme
02:55
20
Light of Blessing ~ A Letter
05:19
21
What You Are (Vocal Version)
05:27
22
Main Theme
04:08
23
Eclipse of Time (Vocal Version)
07:10
30.04.12
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