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  1. It's two months later and I never played any Golden Sun, but I am here to answer you. My #1 favorite is 1-14, which I had on in the background and wasn't paying attention to track titles when 2:14 hit and I grinned and shouted "BACK TO THE FUTURE!" into the empty room. What a fun reference. 3-10's vibe of "Fly Me To The Moon" like from the Evangelion credits is also nice. I liked the whole 70s jazz band vibe in 1-13, and that it seemed like the same band came back for a slower track in 2-01. Right after that, 2-02 absolutely power-bombed me with unexpected New Orleans brass band awes
  2. The very first reaction when I saw this album was released was, "Aw, but there's already a Link's Awakening album on here!" That disappointment was washed away within about 30 seconds of listening to it, with one of the zippier versions of the LoZ theme music. It's fun all the way through to the last track's chippy race through the game's music with some Pirates of the Caribbean and Cowboy Bebop thrown in just for fun. I dig it! I'm sure it's been decades since I touched this game on my original Game Boy and even the mixes that are less immediately obvious as to the source tune make me fe
  3. I'm one of those people who's nursed a grudge against Chrono Cross since I first played it for it having the nerve to not be Chrono Trigger. Probably a bit unfair since I've never revisited it over the years. This album certainly makes me think about it more, as it really showcases the overall quality of the soundtrack beyond just the one song I remember (2-01, a version packed with such frantic awesomeness that it had to be over as fast as it was). Chronopolis is chock full of both moments that are so cool they make me want to fist pump and go, "Hell yeah!" as well as moments where I can
  4. Hey, thanks! For a few years now I've just listened to this music by going to the OCR album page and running down the Soundcloud playlist of each game I'm familiar with, so I always look and see the comments at the bottom and how there aren't many recent ones. I made myself de-lurk to post a few thoughts as a kind of COVID "do something different" thing a few months ago, so that if any of the creators look in they know someone's still listening. I hoped things would be normal again before I got to the present day. Not quite. But listening to the music remains a good way to eliminate other dist
  5. In the early weeks of pandemic isolation, at a time when I felt stressed, I thought to myself, "I'll listen to this town theme album I've never actually listened to before. It seems chill." I was right! It's a great bunch of tracks. It also unexpectedly made me Feel Things. The South Figaro theme turned into a lullaby absolutely destroyed me. The day I listened to it, I had found out that my grandmother passed away early that day, and even though the song is a mother singing to her baby, I heard the lyric "Our day was short / somehow time flew by / I know it's hard to say good-bye" and I
  6. It's fun listening to this one in a similar way to my enjoying the Secret of Mana OCR album - this is not something I bring any childhood/teenage nostalgia for, and since I didn't "do the splash hop" of finding the translated version over the long years it existed, I don't have any adult experience of it either. I plan to correct this eventually with the Switch version! But for now listening to it is neat to experience the music and imagine where the source would happen in the game. I'm glad I read the director's comment at the top because you can certainly hear the way that the pieces he
  7. Listening to this album makes me feel like I'm getting introduced to a long-lost sibling as an adult. I never played Secret of Mana when it was new - it was never in stock at the Blockbuster; when I found ROMs as a teenager that wasn't one of the games I thought to get; it isn't one of the games where remakes keep crossing paths with systems I own (ahem, owning three different versions of Chrono Trigger). So I have no attached nostalgia to it on its own, either from when I was a kid or an adult with fewer responsibilities, but even listening to this album of remixes just does such a good
  8. There really aren't any bad OCR albums out there, it's just that some of them distinguish themselves from others by having a greater proportion of tracks that really hit you with an "Oh, hell yeah!" moment. The overworld medley that starts this album off is such a lovely salute to the various Zelda games, and tracks 5, 9, 11, 16, and 18 have got the "hell yeah" quality in their own different genres ways as well. I love it, and as we have just passed the three year anniversary of the album's release I hope the creators involved remain proud.
  9. Even the cover of this album makes me feel nostalgic. What a great choice - I know many of my earliest experiences of SMRPG were in a dark room with pillows placed at the bottom of the door, since I was supposed to be asleep and I assumed this meant if a parent went by in the hall they wouldn't see the TV light. Probably they knew and didn't think it was worth fighting about, but who knows? The album starts off great with a mix that takes us into the weird and then-unprecedented world of a Mario RPG-style game. I like many tracks in the first couple of discs; from 1-07 to the end of the f
  10. I don't know how many other people out there are in the overlapping part of a Venn diagram of "People who experienced and loved Chrono Trigger in formative years" and "People who were in jazz band in high school and/or college" - but as someone who is in that overlap, I just love this album so much. I could only love it more if the whole album had the large ensemble feel of the first and last tracks (shout out to what I'm reasonably sure is a trombone solo in Driftwood), though I think the way it's done it works out great anyway. There are a variety of different styles tackled within the
  11. What a neat little album with a fun story behind it. I hope all of the remixer parents who participated were able to get some warm fuzzies out of playing the music for their young kids before they started to get too big for music like this. I enjoy the wide variety of source material here, with some frequently-mixed classics and some more obscure ones thrown in too. I think my favorite is 3-09, Child of Legend, which just seems to inhabit the theme suggested by the album's title so well. Great to get some DuckTales nostalgia, really enjoyed the kind of church organ-y take on Gau's theme i
  12. FFV always had that mystique as the game you couldn't play without jumping through hoops, at least until its eventual GBA release. Its music doesn't hit me with the same strong "memories of being a carefree teenager" as other FFs do, and as a result I didn't ever think of it making much of an impact on me. And then I listen to this album and I'm like, oh yeah, that game DID have some good music! There are a few solid "hell yeah!" bits in here, especially for me when the battle music really kicks in at :20 in track 6 and the whole section from 2:00-3:00 in track 7. I also think this interpretat
  13. I skipped over the boss theme albums for a long time because I figured, eh, I don't know most of those songs. It was only my loss. This album is the one that drew me in since it is bookended by the Kefka and Lavos themes. What I love about this Kefka remix is that it seems like Dancing Mad typically gets either an organ-heavy remix or a guitar-heavy remix and the track here just pulls the taco girl, "Why don't we have both?" and then throws in some occasional choir for good measure. The Magus theme stands out for dropping down to one sinister, spooky piano rather than all of the heavy ind
  14. A lot of the music I listen to on this site is for games I've not played in a long time but they're still imprinted on my memory. So it was interesting to experience the FFIX album after having recently replayed the game thanks to COVID destroying the possibility of many other kinds of leisure activity. The thing that stood out in playing the game, compared to all other FF games, is the sheer variety on the soundtrack, and I think this album does such a great job of showcasing that. Some of the tracks are kind of in the vein of the source material, just presented in a fancier way - the Za
  15. This album is like a blend of half totally serious and half "it's second semester of senior year, I already got into college and I'm not going to read Pride and Prejudice" goofing off. It makes for a unique and memorable blend of music that a totally straight take on a limited old soundtrack like FF2 probably couldn't have achieved. The repeated visits to "The Rebel Army" in disc 1 makes it all feel unified. The standout tracks to me are Rebel Dream, which uses the reference to FF8 to great effect to add to its otherworldly ambiance, and Grind My Crank, with its carnival vibe.
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