Posted 2012-07-07, evaluated by djpretzel
Dale North's been doing amazing things as an editor over at Destructoid, but he's also still managed to find time to make mixes - last year we posted an excellent, emotive vocal ballad from Lunar:SSSC, and now we've got this instrumental pop/R&B take on one of my favorite Mitsuda themes, 'SMALL TWO OF PIECES ~Broken Shards~,' aka 'Broken Mirror' - the very first song we added to the OC ReMix database, way back when. I am currently 1. sick as a dog and 2. in Philadelphia, about to attend a wedding, so I'm gonna keep this writeup pretty short. Smooth EP, hip-hop/r&b beat, and a glide-sine synth intro us in, and then piano quickly takes over the lead melody. The piano itself has a thinner sound that's bolstered by forte playing, appropriate for the genre, and production is generally polished, with the sine synth coming in on the chorus, along with string pads, and cymbal rolls leading us in. It's familiar territory, but Dale does it very well, and I think the key thing here is that Mitsuda's melody is given space & room to shine in the context of a different genre, with a different flow & some nice full harmonies/voicings on the piano part. Short but oh-so-sweet, this is a straightforward instrumental R&B ballad take on a classic Xenogears track which nevertheless packs in a lot of emotion. Speaking of weddings, this would be a great track for any gamers looking for event-appropriate VGM for their special day - beautiful work.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
- "SMALL TWO OF PIECES ~Broken Shards~"
- Ballad, Hip Hop
- Mellow, Romantic
- 5,189,632 bytes
- Size: 5,189,632 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 8eea1d837b67391416bdf7d7455b7d39
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