ReMix: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells)'
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Whoa. When first I completed listening to Dale North's latest ReMix, I simply thought he had submitted an arrangement of Silver Bells. I had to double check the Lufia 2 soundtrack to verify that yes, the town/village music is certainly at work here. The two songs are quite similar - far moreso than say, Pachelbel's Canon and any of the Zelda 64 soundtrack :), so props to Dale for hearing the similarity and capitalizing upon it in a timely fashion. This is a soft pop/rock ballady sort of piece, not too far off from Rayza's Sor2 ReMix that was just posted, and if you've any familiarity at all with the Christmas favorite "Silver Bells", I don't think you'll have a hard time spotting it here. The two songs are intertwined seamlessly and naturally. I should note that "Silver Bells" has a bit more presence and focus than the actual video game music, so if you're a stickler for details this might more accurately be labeled a "Christmas remix with pieces of game music in it" than vice versa. But I think if you listen to the original from Lufia 2 you'll hear that it wasn't wildly different from "Silver Bells" in the first place, so in a way it's an arrangement of a potential arrangement of Silver Bells that simply brings out the source material more ^^ - whatever, I don't think too much explanation is needed. When you be hearing the nice muted guitar, bells, french horn, dynamic but subtle drum work, and overall pleasing vibe Dale's got going, especially over a nice warm cup o' cocoa, I doubt you'll take issue either.
This is an excellent winter holiday remix with church bells, a hint of xmas carols, end (and/or end credits) music to a winter movie and all that. Perfect for this time of year.
- Rozovian on December 13, 2009
Dale has a very classic style that people associate with Christmas, and though I don't associate it with the holiday as much, and can thankfully avoid the connotations, I can clearly see the connection. I really like his soft rock style, and think it fits both sources very well.
I agree with DA that the ending is too abrupt; I think there is enough material for another minute or two, and would have at least liked a more structured ending, perhaps a ritardando or something, but as is, I still enjoy the song immensely.
- OA on January 11, 2008
I love how these two songs are melded so well together. Dale certainly makes them flow very nicely with smooth transitions, and a nice calm feeling throughout. I play this each year around christmas.
My only gripe is the ending seems a bit ubrupt. Nothing to really take away from the overall feeling though.
- DragonAvenger on December 26, 2006
- AngrySquirrel on December 24, 2004
This... Is beautiful. I absolutely love it. Calm and spirited. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a Christmas song that they could play without ever getting tired of.
- Corporal Eschebone on December 17, 2004
My god, you could relax a charging rhino with the sweetness this piece is treating my ears to... (I gues sI didn't notice this mix when it first debuted)
Though I'm not all that satisfied with how the song end, it's still another great Lufia mix! :)
- Elex Synn on May 3, 2003
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- Saiko on December 30, 2002
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- Aprentis on December 27, 2002
You can't get much more Christmasy then this. All through this song I'm just waiting for Anne Murray to start up her vocal cords. I can't say that I'm increadibly enthused about this style of music... but it is Christmas so I'll live. Another excellent piece of work for the Christmas holidays. Great work Dale North.
- Ginnsu on December 27, 2002