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  1. Oh my heavens, this is gorgeous. What a great handling of a theme! It takes the original goals of the song and expands upon them in multiple layers. Some beautiful ideas are woven through here, including what can only be described as an ominous playfulness (0:28-0:45), a really arresting selection of instrumentation (1:00-1:20), some deft handling of when to have harmony and when to leave the melody alone (1:45-2:05), and some wonderfully foreboding trailing (2:30 on). All of this doesn't even mention the build/resolution of 1:20-1:55 and its dual merging melodies, which is my favorite part of the whole song. Totally unexpected, far different from most mixes. Can't recommend this enough. Many thanks to the remixer for this one!
  2. This may sound like a knock, but it's really not - the Dark City Treno theme was not one of my favorites from FF IX, a rarity in a soundtrack that I pretty much universally loved. I hope the remixer notes this reality as I am even MORE impressed with the quality of work here! I feel like I'm in some sort of celebratory parade, where the city is celebrating its 100th anniversary or something and everyone's off work the next day. The mix gets better as it goes along, and the last half really showcases some nice handling and adjustments to the main line. Bonus points for the cool ending. I would never have thought to remix this song OR do it in this way - and it works! Congrats on a great tune!
  3. Tough call here - I love the source material, but the style is not particularly my favorite and it doesn't (for me) seem that the source material plays that nicely with the remix. That said, I can tell the effort and quality put in here. Jazz fans should definitely enjoy.
  4. Wow. I may not know a ton about surf rock, but hot damn, this breathes an entire life and trip into what was always a fun-but-simple palace theme. Very impressive handling of the source, especially how this gets more entertaining and interesting as the song continues. This remixer crushed this one!! Surf's up man!
  5. Inventive and interesting! I give props to the remixer for taking a good concept and not just relying on it, but really coming through in all aspects. Impressive.
  6. I liked this! I agree that it's enjoyably out of character for the mechanical source tune, but I think what sells this mix is that the remixer obviously knows exactly what they're doing with the tune - I enjoyed the bits and pieces that slipped in and around the main theme, and the entire thing exudes a confidence of both the source material and the goals of the remix. Enjoyable!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!!
  10. 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!!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!!
  15. 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.