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OCR01801 - Ragnarök Online "Brazzy Road"

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I'm not too familiar with the source, but I like it.

Its got a great, cool, funky, jazzy groove to it. :-)

Nice work.

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For the most part, its very similar to the original, not trying to do anything "different".

But its obviously quite different too, and I do very much enjoy the fact that it sounds so RO'esque that one might be surprised that it wasn't in the game from the get go.

so basically, what we have here, and I mean it in a great way, is a Cover+1.

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Lovin' that bass, and some great funky rhythms. This is extra classy stuff, and the solos are nice. Solidly produced and smooth, even the fade out seems to work well.

Good stuff, nice work, gents. :-)

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At 3:54 the e. piano solo was really fun, and the ensuing fade out worked very nicely. Also, the xylophone-esque instrument worked nicely in the cliche Dadada-da-da-da-da westernized Chinese phrase (It actually surprised me to hear it super-imposed on the Blues/Motown format of the rest of the song). Honestly the song works well, but beyond the "Chinese" phrase it wasn't spectacular.

P.S. Usually I don't like ambient sounds throughout a song, but that jungle track brought things together nicely.

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At 3:54 the e. piano solo was really fun, and the ensuing fade out worked very nicely. Also, the xylophone-esque instrument worked nicely in the cliche Dadada-da-da-da-da westernized Chinese phrase (It actually surprised me to hear it super-imposed on the Blues/Motown format of the rest of the song). Honestly the song works well, but beyond the "Chinese" phrase it wasn't spectacular.

P.S. Usually I don't like ambient sounds throughout a song, but that jungle track brought things together nicely.

....... wow

Someone asked me nicely to expand on the review so, for their sake, I'll share my general opinions. I happen to like this arrangement a lot, and compositionally speaking, it lends itself well. The brass fit perfectly as a counter point. There really wasn't anything that didn't fit. I'm not about pretend I'm hearing a cliché pentatonic phrase, that clearly isn't cliché, or the least bit "Chinese" either. I'm sure if I were arranging it personally, I might have changed some of the instrumentation, but let's face it, what I'd pick is trivial. This is superb work and I for one, would love to see more of it in the future.

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I downloaded your RO project a while back and I liked this song the best out of all the tracks. I'm happy this is an official OC ReMix. Congrats! I'm a huge fan of the game and soundtrack. It's my favorite MMO ever. Wish more people would contribute.

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Crazy soloing, love all of it. The entire feel of this track is great, really gets you into the groove. The xylophone throughout was a great instrument choice.

Fade out seemed a little long, but other than that, I'm diggin' this.

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Awesome barrage of sounds and soloing. Sort of a whirlwind of different styles and ways to approach the theme, without it sounding like a scattershot at all. I always admire mixes like this; it must be hard to keep things heading in a balanced direction.

Loving the Motown vibe with the strings and horns, which gives great perspective to the more complex xylophone/e-piano jazz-inspired moments.

Any fear of not being able to fully get into mixes from a game as insignificant to me as Ragnarok were blown out of the water with this mix. Very cool work.

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This is some great jazz music right here.

All the instruments just blend together seemlessly, the production is great, and everything here clicks.

A very groove oriented mix with some funk added in for good measure, with lots of electric piano and organ solos that really leaves you feeling satisfied when it ends.

Strongly recommended.

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Came across this in my playlist and am on my 7th listen. It's just so perfect, mellow, and groovy. I don't want to meet the person that dislikes this song.

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This is definitely my favorite from Hybridism. It brings a lot of upbeat emotions. The instrumentation is damn neat: vivid brass, crazy organ solos and groovy drums create a very sunny, lush soundscape. Awesome!

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