I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm very happy that the lyrics were in a language that I don't understand. I can just more fully realize the soundscape. Also, I think the language sounds more beautiful. An African language might have made it even cooler, though. Still, I'm very impressed with the whole ensemble of atmosphere.
I don't remember the Minuet of Forest being in the original temple music, but then again, I was never a fan of any of the temple themes. So if that was added, kudos. It sounds very nice in the context of the ambience.
As a few others said, the dissonance around 3:30 was a little unnerving (Edit: I am referring not to the singer's pitch but rather the emphasis upon it at that point)... but on the second and third listen, I began to appreciate it more, and it grew on me. I think with time it fits and improves the total work.
As for the pronunciation of the Japanese lyrics - give me a break! Have you heard _professional_ Japanese music in English? It's a joke! A good example is "403 - Southern Cross" - an awesome song, but the lyrics are TERRIBLY pronounced. I didn't even realize it was English for about 20 listens.
Not knowing a lot about Japanese pronunciation, it doesn't really phase me much, and I prefer to just think of it as some non-understandable language with some sort of mystical meaning. When I do, I recognize it for the clear quality it has rather than someone trying to a sing in a non-native language. Anyways, judging by the style of the music, I think there should be plenty of phonetic leeway. Music so flowing should be able to have "stretches" in pronunciation. I know in English it sure does.
I remember the original temple music being significantly annoying in that aspect (one of the reasons it's not one of my favorites), so I wouldn't necessarily blame this mix. It was faithful to the original there, and I support that. In fact, I think it may been a bit more tolerable (and even appreciable) in the redux.
... I wrote this as I was going forward through the thread, and I now see that basically everything I said has already been said (and answered). Meh.
Are you damn crazy?! What do you mean with that crap? Mein Führer, that sounds like you are a nazi. That isn't funny, you fool.
ROFL. He was making fun of a certain attitude that many people shared. Most of us understood it, it's a pretty common little meme on the internet.