SHINING FORCE Resurrection of the Dark Dragon ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS

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SHINING FORCE Resurrection of the Dark Dragon ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS
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Composed by Масахико Ёсимура / Наофуми Цуруяма / Такуя Ханаока
Arranged by Salamander Factory
Published by Scitron Digital Contents
Catalog number SCDC-00365
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 33 tracks
Release date August 18, 2004
Duration 01:10:23
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Overview

Many Shining followers were grateful that Flight-Plan's Shining Force Feather restored the series to its original strategy RPG glory. However, an aspect of the experience that didn't receive much praise was the music. Rather than seek the talents of Eternal Poison's Takashi Okamoto, Flight-Plan assigned a relative newcomer to handle the title, Kenjo Sakurai. The artist produced a range of effective background music, but little is enjoyable on a stand-alone basis.

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Most of the soundtrack rehashes tunes from Shining Force for the Game Boy Advance without any major musical changes. While this may seem like a lazy decision, the original compositions were so accomplished that there was little need to change them. Whether the sad blooming melodies of "Grievious Gardiana", the unexpected gallant developments of "Cheerful Street Corner", or the mobilising dissonant strikes of "Armageddon", there are great compositions here. Tracks like these continue to serve their in-game purpose while delighting on a stand-alone level too. Given consumers never received a soundtrack release for the original Genesis title, the Game Boy Advance soundtrack partly compensates 12 years on and gives us a chance to remember what beautiful compositions were offered.

That said, the Game Boy Advance has a mixed effect on the compositions here. On one hand, the console's orchestral samples tend to sound more emphatic and realistic than the Genesis', particularly on the heroic march "Crusade" or the emotional battle anthem "Worthy Rival". On the other hand, the samples are often too muddy and dense to enhance more subtle tracks here. For example, "The Girl in the Sunbeams Through the Trees" lacks the dainty waltz feeling of the original file loading theme; even though there are few musical changes, the muddy nature of the Game Boy Advance's synth clouds the elegance of the composition. Equally unappealing is the synthesis of "Solemn Gardiana", with its unbalanced and forceful leads, while the beautiful moments of "Main Theme" are clouded by harsh treble frills and fuzzy bass lines.

The soundtrack is rounded off by a handful of original compositions to accompany new screens in the game. For example, Takuya Hanaoka sets a grand but reflective tone for the title theme with an orchestral march; though it establishes familiarity with a rendition of the main theme, it develops into a substantial composition in its own right. Another likeable addition is "Goddess of Light" with its warm and mystical soundscapes — among the most effectively implemented on the score. That said, the album is a little sparing on content — with just 25 main tracks and a handful of jingles — and the only way it sustains its 73 minute playtime is through extensive looping. In retrospect, the release would be of much greater value — especially to those opposed to Game Boy Advance synth — if the original Shining Force soundtrack was tagged on as well.

Summary

The Game Boy Advance featured one of the most limiting sound chips of all consoles and Shining Force: Resurrection of Dark Dragon certainly demonstrates this. However, the majority of the reprised compositions — and the occasional originals — are so delightful that the soundtrack is an enjoyable experience. That said, many consumers will still prefer the music of the Genesis original over the Game Boy Advance reprise.



Album
6/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

Music by Naofumi Tsuruyama, Takuya Hanaoka
Arranged by Salamander Factory
Original Genesis soundtrack by Masahiko Yoshimura

Known credits:
  Takuya Hanaoka: 01, 09, 15 only/compose (from composer's site)
Album was composed by Масахико Ёсимура / Наофуми Цуруяма / Такуя Ханаока and was released on August 18, 2004. Soundtrack consists of 33 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Scitron Digital Contents.

CD 1

1
Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
01:24
2
Girl of Sunbeams Streaming through the Trees
03:56
3
Cheerful Street Corner
02:05
4
Solemn Gardiana
03:46
5
Headquarter's Theme
04:09
6
Army of Light
03:29
7
Grant Me Power
05:34
8
Light! Defeat the Enemy
01:02
9
Level Up!!
00:50
10
Grief-stricken Gardiana
03:07
11
A Holy War
06:04
12
A Worthy Rival
03:25
13
After the War...
00:11
14
Raise the Flag High
00:52
15
Goddess of Light
03:47
16
The Battle Becomes Fierce
03:28
17
When the Light Dies Out
05:12
18
Despair
00:14
19
A Short Break
03:02
20
Demon's Breath
02:25
21
Catching Hold with Your Hands
02:19
22
Journey Far into the Sky
00:58
23
Jingle ~ Companion
00:05
24
Jingle ~ Overcoming Sadness
00:10
25
Jingle ~ Dreadful Curse
00:04
26
Jingle ~ Changing Jobs
00:15
27
Jingle ~ Item Get!!
00:05
28
Jingle ~ Save
00:08
29
Jingle ~ Resurrection of the Spirit
00:08
30
Jingle ~ Severe Earthquake
00:16
31
Armagedon
03:20
32
And then
01:49
33
Main Theme ~ The People of a Distant Time
02:44
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