ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'The Incredible Singing Robot'
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Superlative, and oh-so-creative, Star Salzman's latest ReMix is an 80's maximalist electro-pop arrangement of Robo's theme from Chrono Trigger, with original lyrics to boot. This is simply a great concept executed with talent and style, lending the sound of 80's acts like Bucks Fizz and Electric Light Orchestra to Mitsuda's work, with harmonizing, processed "robotic" vocals ala the Thompson Twins, in a semi-vocoded style. If you're not up on your 80's, think 'Digital Love' by Daft Punk. If you are up on your 80's, on the other hand, this might remind you of some of Jeff Lynne's work, particularly the score to the movie 'Electric Dreams' (an amusing bit of 80's nostalgia itself, in which a PC takes over its user's life+house after having a cold beverage spilt on it ^^) - this absolutely sounds like it's been transplanted from almost two decades ago, the suspension of disbelief is that effective. The lyrics are humorous but also work musically and contextually make perfect sense, adding yet more depth. More than being a rearrangement, like a certain other ReMix from Chrono Trigger, it creates its own world. Very polished, immaculately authentic genre work from Star, memorable to the extreme, and a huge windfall for fans of this type of track. If Jeff Lynne tried to turn Robo's theme into a fully developed song, with vocals, I wouldn't expect the result to be any better than this. Highly recommended.
Metal/tin-like percussion is punctuated by drawn-out cymbals/hi-hats - this fires up my imagination with lots of shiny, golden imagery (like Robo's figure :P). Fluffy air drums, rubbery punctuators, and 8-bit crunchiness only add to the contagious flood of energy. Best of all, that swishy/watery modulated voice is clear and expressive throughout.
Lyrics are a treat. Robo's vulnerability and uncertainty are expressed via "Please don't reprogram me / My memories and thoughts are all I have left; am I malfunctioning?" Love the hilarious "take that" with "Won't you pick me instead of that (F)rog?" And I can FEEL his selflessness and extent of accomplishments with "just look and see this forest I made for you" - I picture him spreading his robotic arms in a visual encompassment, in turn making me awestruck with his 400-year-long dedication. Whew.
The eponymous singing robot says his kind can be "for evil or good" - I say they're best at getting one's groove on. Rock on, R-66Y. Rock on.
- Polo on September 1, 2012
Incredible singing robot is incredible.
- KingTiger on July 12, 2012
- diotrans on December 31, 2011
Great OST, Great Remix. Especially love the ending.
- Locke on November 16, 2011
- dotaino on November 12, 2011
- MechaFone on December 4, 2010
This captures the essence of 80's pop with some appropriate vocal filtering that fits the concept of the song nicely :-P Star is a master of this kind of loud, punchy music that's full of a ton of intricacies that are impossible to fully comprehend on the first listen.
For, like, the 2 of you out there that haven't heard this yet, check it out! It's a really fun romp through a nice theme, what more can you ask for?
- Emunator on December 19, 2009
A great creative endeavor, and one Stars best.
- OA on December 7, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on October 1, 2009
- yosefu on October 1, 2009
- Lovely Peach on January 20, 2009
I went through all the Chrono Trigger remixes not too long ago since my wife and I just finished the game. I came across this tune and loved it. It has a great beat and the lyrics fit the character. The melody is expressed really well too, both in the lyrical sections and instrumental sections. But, as I believe djpretzel said in his review, this mix has that sort of 80's new wave sound down pat and could, in my opinion, stand toe to toe with Mr. Roboto any day.
My only complaint is that, at least on my speakers, the lyrics don't seem loud enough compared to everything else and seem a bit drowned out
I listen to this on the train and its awesome
- MessagesFromEarth on December 8, 2008
Lucca+Chrono+Robo = Fire Zone FTW
- WesternZypher on December 7, 2008
- Lucentas on December 6, 2008
- Skyreal on March 19, 2008