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Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica OST

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Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: January 20, 2009
Composed By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa, Akira Tsuchiya, Akiko Shikata
Arranged By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa, Akira Tsuchiya, Akiko Shikata
Published By: NIS America
Recorded At: D-Sound
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Hill of Celebration ~Harmonics Frelia~
02 - Legend of Ar tonelico II ~The 2nd Tower~
03 - Start Up
04 - Town of the Heaven
05 - A Spot of Sun
06 - Passageway
07 - Varna
08 - Lightning
09 - Assault
10 - Going at My Own Pace
11 - Emotion
12 - Praying Voices
13 - Boy in the Crowd
14 - A Promise Left Behind
15 - Waltz of Gears
16 - Overflow
17 - Escaping the Battle
18 - Rustling Throb ~Luca~
19 - Like the Sunny Sky
20 - Rustling Throb ~Cloche~
21 - The Second Tower
22 - Evil on the Moon
23 - Goddess' Footsteps
24 - EXEC_WITH.METHOD_METAFALICA
Total Time:
59'56"

NIS America presents fans of the Ar tonelico series a treat with the recent release of the sequal to the first installment. The sequal comes with a soundtrack, which helps to promote the themes that series is known for. Composers Akiko Shikata, Akira Tsuchiya, Ken Nakagawa, and Daisuke Achiwa contribute to the soundtrack, provinding a sound that is soothing, yet powerful when combined with other instruments.

The musical score centers on using the flute, keyboard, and the guitar. The flute, however, is the main instrutment that the listener hears throughout the soundtrack. A few songs lack the wooden instrument's presence, but the presence of the flute provides a classical tone to some of the tracks. Town of the Heaven is a good example of the flute's usage. The soundtrack is interesing, in my opinion, by how the flute conveys memorable elements of the game through the songs. The standard battle theme, "Varna," incorporates the keyboard and the catchy techno sound in the background is boosted with the pounding of the drums.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack's layout becomes repetitive. Many of the later tracks on the CD resemble the previous songs in terms of sound. The flute's presence is nice, but I think it hurts the composers' abilty to explore more options and range by not using more of the keyboard or a different instrument altogether. Ar tonelico II's style reflects upon instruments like the flute, so it does portray the series musical elements efficiently. Overall, the soundtrack offers a new harmonizing sound, primarily through use of the flute.

Reviewed by: Jared Prewitt



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