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  1. While this isn't one of the first tracks I think of when I think of the FF IX OST, I think the remixer did an excellent job with this piece, transforming it from a bland background piece into something with some real soul and feel. 2:03 on, in particular, feels remarkably natural and unrehearsed. A fine, inspiring take and one where the mix tangibly stands apart from the original (and is arguably better!). Well done!
  2. This is unique and interesting! I really like how things get going around 1 minute (much like the rest of the reviewers), and it stays neat throughout. The last minute reminds me of some sort of quiet version of Crazy Motorcycle from FF VII; but more importantly, the remixer nails a unique and individual feel of half-chill/half-places-to-go kind of vibe, like a luxury car that's speeding down the highway but feels serene inside. Well played!
  3. So you absolutely MUST give this mix past 1 minute, where the theme (to me) becomes eminently recognizable, yet somehow better as it seemingly was meant for this kind of treatment, and the whole mix just takes off with the tin whistle section from 2:00+, which leads to a seriously pumped up finish in the Celtic style. I mean the whole mix just keeps getting better and better. At the ending note I want to grab my sword and shield and yell "YAAAAAAAAHHHH" with my fellow kinsmen across a cold and arid battlefield. This all from a source that I wouldn't even put in my top half of favorite FF IX tunes?! WOW was this mix way better than I could have dreamed!! Not the usual fare, and in my opinion, a must listen!!
  4. I really enjoyed this! A pumped up battle theme that delivers exactly what it intends. Hit up 1:14 for a great handling of the source that any FF IX fan would instantly recognize; try 2:05-2:35 for an interesting walk out and back. The finish is everything you want out of this kind of remix. Cain's work on this album (and others) is always a must listen, and the addition of Cyril just added even more. Thanks so much guys!!
  5. I may not be familiar with the source material, but damn is this an impressive mix! I love its more ambient nature, and its ability to calmly retreat into sections that are just as entertaining (if not more so!) than the buildups. 4:00-5:05 is a wonderful example of this. The background sfx wasn't necessarily my favorite, but I have to say that even the breakdown sections still kept their melodic roots. Count me thoroughly impressed!
  6. I swear, when I read the concept of this I was very, very wary - 90's nostalgia isn't a huge thing for me. And yet this is excellent, and I'm really impressed with how the remixer pulled out the concept. Enjoyable, interesting, unique - this hits all the key points. Congratulations on such an impressive handling of such a unique vision!
  7. Since this source should go on the top-10 of "songs with incredible remix potential" - and I'd place it pretty high up this list, behind maybe only Schala's Theme - I have to give the remixer props on the spot-on handling of the sfx by placing it in the context of the song. I never felt like I was just being hit with sfx for the sake of sfx, if that makes sense - the handling of 2:05, particularly with the finish at 2:25, is a great example of this and left me very impressed. There's a lot going on here, and a distinct take on the theme, which should be all the more significant for the source. Well done!
  8. This isn't even my style and I still bow to the gorgeous handling of this tune. The first minute is actually my favorite, but the whole song is just one smooth walk through a serene forest. Really enjoyed it!!
  9. Come for the emotion. Stay for the developing musical arc, the interweaving piano/string sections (like at 1:47), and the beautiful transitions (like 2:50-3:05). Anyone who can't get over what are totally sufficient drums missed the entire point and need to remain outside.
  10. For all that is good, at least make it to 1:30. Fantastic ability to stay up on top of the melody and deliver the power that your guitar sections want. Guitar for Scars of Time was also excellent! I feel like there was even more interweaving between these themes possible, but that shouldn't detract from the good stuff here - it's great!
  11. It may be years late, but to the remixer: you should know that you created something that has given people joy for years, and continues to do so. Pristine.
  12. Gorgeous. Evocative. If you put this on in the background, you'll be amazed at how often you find yourself swaying along with the feel; sections like 4:45-5:19 are just masterfully constructed and deliver with all the feel of someone who obviously loves and cherishes the source. An easy and beautiful ride!
  13. This may not be my favorite source, but I must pay homage to the quality of the handling of this mix. It comes across as crisp and superbly delivered; 1:50-2:15 are emblematic of how on top of the delivery the remixer is. Everything is purposely executed and delivered, with creativity (through multiple subsections) to boot. Style differences need not hamper a nod to the impressive skillset shown here.
  14. Tremendous. Almost like the song, this remix is a quiet, peaceful success that will leave you feeling happy and rejuvenated. Serious points for the amazing translation into a constructed language - it comes across so naturally that I (unfamiliar with the source language) easily assimilated it into the feel of a remix. You absolutely nailed all the goals you set out to meet in this piece, and the result is fantastic - well done!!
  15. I'm going to back Crulex here - I think the overarching element that I find I really like is how the remixer is able to interweave a quieter, darker dnb in with the melodic elements - 2:20-2:40 really stand out for me as a great example. I iimagine that, for some people who like dark ambience, dnb/dubstep is not what they want, and for some who like a harder dubstep, melodic overlay is just distracting. But I want the remixer to know that this works - it's a really good, unique interpretation of the tune, and I found myself hitting repeat a couple of times on it just to hear its interesting interweaving of the styles. Give this a spin - it's a unique take with great execution!