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Antiphona's the Hymn Princess ~Angel's Score Op.A~ OST CD
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: October 22, 2009
Composed By: Tenpei Sato
Arranged By: Tenpei Sato
Published By: Nippon Ichi Software
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Antiphona
02 - Treasured Bell
03 - The Tale of the Puppet Princess
04 - Time of Harvest
05 - Humming Hill
06 - A Journey to Search For Happiness
07 - Blacker and More Fragrant than Secrets
08 - Café - Miabell
09 - Princess Of Strings
10 - Fool On The Humming Hill
11 - Love is Like Wonderland
12 - Goodnight Baby
13 - The First Ball
14 - Marvelous Hills
15 - Melody Fair
16 - Marjoly's Love
17 - Pinch&Panch
18 - Summertime Fruits
19 - Melodycard
20 - BAD BLOOD
21 - She is an Ally of Justice ~ Wedding Bell
22 - She is an Ally of Justice ~ Opening
Total Time:
37'32"

Disc Two
01 - Angel's Mishearing Operetta
02 - Autumn Mont Blanc
03 - The Sorrowful Hymn Princess
04 - Lan&Run
05 - Melt Time
06 - Song of the Majoligal Faith
07 - Heaven's Door
08 - Candle Eyes
09 - Fanfare of Dawn
10 - Unlimited
11 - Hills of Singing Wind ~From Humming Hill With Love~
12 - Song of the Majoligal Faith ~ Intrumental
13 - The Ice Fairy
14 - She is an Ally of Justice ~ Chorus
15 - Love is Like Wonderland ~ Instrumental
16 - The Crest of the Brave
17 - Bird of Dawn
18 - Bird of Dawn ~ Flight
19 - Cathedral
20 - Eternal Flame
21 - She is an Ally of Justice ~ A Little Courage
22 - She is an Ally of Justice
Total Time:
44'05"

Tenpei Sato on a non-Disgaea-ish soundtrack. It's about time, dag nabbit! There's only so much awesome Halloweeny music I can take.

"Antiphona" is part of the Marl's Kingdom (Rhapsody) series; and though this series is known for having an emphasis on music, particularly vocal performance, to date no retail soundtrack release has come about. All that exists is this here two-disc promotional album that came with LE copies of the game. The soundtrack currently (as of late 2010) sells for as much as $150 on Yahoo! Japan Auctions. It's quite the rarity.

Question: is it really worth that much?

Answer: ...um... I actually have no idea how to answer that.

Here's the thing - Someday down the road, this soundtrack might get a retail publishing. In which case, spending tons of money for that rare LE won't have been worth it. Even if they did the common "distill the two discs into one disc" it wouldn't be a problem. There are definitely enough filler tracks here, and the two discs just barely add up to 80 minutes as it stands right now anyway.

But, if we cut about 20 minutes of filler music away, this is a spectacular soundtrack. It's certainly on par with the other Marl's Kingdom soundtracks. The vocal songs grow on you, but the good instrumentals are immediately noticed. See, for example, "Bird of Dawn ~ Flight" on disc two. This has all of Sato's best traits as a composer built into one track. When you hear it, you'll think that Iwadare, Gust Sound Team, and Falcom Sound Team got together to write the piece. But it was just Sato in a moment of brilliance.

I hope that the Marl's Kingdom franchise continues to grow, and that NIS survives the bad weather to keep going strong. I also hope NIS America takes notice and localizes the rest of the series. Whatever happens, in the end, I do want you the reader to know that Sato is still a great composer, and his talent/technique is not limited to the Elfman-esque music of the Disgaea series.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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