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This review is from: Distant Worlds II: More Music From Final Fantasy (Audio CD)
I have been a collector of the Final Fantasy soundtracks ever since I played FFVII. As such I have an affinity to the works of Nobuo Uematsu who just seems to have this incredible ability to evoke the perfect emotion and memory associated with each track he composes. Thus, every track on this album produced vivid recollections of the each part of each game that these tracks are scored from. Of course, since this is Distant Worlds, where Maestro Uematsu can really let himself take full advantage of the Orchestra, so every piece is even better than when they were first played.
My favourite track, without doubt, is "Zanarkand" as I think it represents the ultimate musical metaphor. I am sure most listeners will either fall or have fallen in love with this track because it is just so beautiful. Every time I hear it, I sometimes cannot help but shed a tear since it represents both the enduring romance theme and the heartbreaking pyrrhic victory of Final Fantasy X of Yuna and Tidus. But what I mean by the musical metaphor for this track is when you listen to this track is that it has been re-scored so well, that it also represents the different aspects of water, which was the main elemental theme of this game: it starts as a slow trickle, eventually accompanied by the gentle pitter-patter of rain, which builds up into a stream, then a river and eventually leading out to the ocean, that becomes the emotional tsunami which sweeps you into its overpowering melody. I might be slightly(!) melodramatic here, but by far, the best track is Zanarkand, and there can be no questions about it.
However, all the other tracks such as "Man with the Machine Gun", "Prelude", "Melodies of Life", "Terra's Theme", "JENOVA", (and the others) can't help but also stir up your heart-strings! When it comes to Video Game Music, the fact that there is only the one original "Game Composer" being Nobuo Uematsu, you cannot help but be impressed by this album. Sure, there are other famous tunes and other famous composers out there producing music for games, but this soundtrack needs to be in your collection if you have any desire to call yourself an aficionado of this genre of music!