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Grandia II ~Deus~

[back cover]
Catalog Number: TRCD-10013
Released On: September 8, 2000
Composed By: Noriyuki Iwadare
Arranged By: Noriyuki Iwadare
Published By: Two Five Records
Recorded At: Sound Inn TWOFIVE Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Memory of the Gods
02 - Opening Act
03 - Village of Carbo ~ Pious Adepts
04 - A Deus
05 - The Ones Hidden Within the Darkness [1]
06 - Tower of Garmia
07 - Dangerous Zone
08 - FIGHT!! Ver.1
09 - "You Won't Be Able to Kill Me Just Like That!"
10 - Come on, Let's Travel
11 - Inn Town Ageel ~ Cursed Land
12 - The Ones Hidden Within the Darkness [2]
13 - Commercial Town Lilig ~ Apparent Prosperity
14 - The Broken Seal
15 - Purification of Darkness ~ Battle With the Parts
16 - Nightmare Village Milm ~ A Good, Unknown Anxiety
17 - The Garden of Dreams ~ The Mysterious Girl
18 - FIGHT!! Ver.2
19 - The Country of Laws Santhaim ~ Pious Adepts
20 - Out For Lunch
21 - Granas Sanctuary
22 - Granas Saber
Total Time:
65'46"

If I were to use one word to describe what I think of this soundtrack, it would be: phenomenal. Even then, that doesn't suit how epic this soundtrack is. Taking a different approach with the release of the musical score of Grandia II, the best songs have been split between the two CDs that make up what is the game's complete soundtrack. Deus is the first of the two CDs, and unlike what we saw with Grandia Soundtracks I and II, where the first set of music was fantastic, and the second set mediocre with its mixture of epic songs and "filler music", Deus is nothing but music that is extraordinary.

Unlike the original Grandia, Grandia II does not sport any filler tracks. Each track stands on its own as something special, orchestrated or synthesized, creating a mood that you can sense, whether you have played the game or not. This is very apparent from track 17, "The Garden of Dreams ~ The Mysterious Girl", which has a very dark feel to it, and as the song progresses, the tension becomes higher, and it's accomplished with a piano and a few other instruments, really neat. That is something that many game music scores cannot do outside the context of the game, as many times music sounds great because we remember events that happened during gameplay. With many other great songs such as "A Deus" and "Granas Sanctuary", featuring very beautiful vocals, the 65 minutes of music contained within this CD is recommended for all audiences.

Reviewed by: Jason Walton



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