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The Last Remnant OST
Catalog Number: SQEX-10127~9
Released On: December 10, 2008
Composed By: Tsuyoshi Sekito, Yasuhiro Yamanaka
Arranged By: Natsumi Kameoka
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - The First Awakening
02 - Cherished Memories
03 - Opening Suite: The Search
04 - Opening Suite: The Chase
05 - Opening Suite: The Charge
06 - Opening Suite: The Assault
07 - Clash of Opposites
08 - Truths Revealed
09 - All For Her
10 - Home
11 - Gathering Clouds
12 - Into the Depths
13 - Flamedrop
14 - Struggle Eternal
15 - Sliver of Hope
16 - The Young Marquis
17 - The Known World
18 - The City of Heroes
19 - A Friendly Ear
20 - An Open Mind
21 - Fair Judgment
22 - Ante Up
23 - Creeping Shadows
24 - Rolling Hills, Sprawling Plains
25 - Sword Sparks
26 - Reversal!
27 - Horns of Victory
28 - Evil's Advance
29 - Glittering Gold
30 - Dark Secrets
31 - A Special Girl
32 - Spilling Through Your Fingers
33 - The Ageless Mage
34 - The Bonds of Friendship
Total Time:
73'08"

Disc Two
01 - The Heavens' Majesty
02 - Gateway to the West
03 - The Seat of Vulcan
04 - Swirling Sands
05 - Free and Easy
06 - The Conqueror's Message
07 - Something About That Guy
08 - The Binding
09 - Arcane Mysteries
10 - Memories Regained
11 - Family
12 - Ancient Magicks
13 - The Curse
14 - The Marshalls
15 - Limberlost
16 - In the Shadow of the Dragon
17 - The Crumbling Fortress
18 - Old Traditions, New Methods
19 - Unrelenting Advance
20 - Fallen
21 - Catafalque
22 - A Son's Loss
23 - Vows Renewed
24 - Everflow
25 - Assembling the Puzzle
26 - The Gates of Hell
27 - A Sister's Faith
28 - The Price of Arrogance
29 - Reunited at Last
30 - Echoing Hallways
31 - Rewriting the Rules
32 - The Second Awakening
33 - Gwayn's Bellow
34 - The Remnant of Fear
35 - Marion's Blessing
36 - Whispers of the Ancients
Total Time:
74'23"

Disc Three
01 - Breakers on the Shore
02 - Enter the Seven
03 - Life Without Remnants
04 - Hermeien's Ultimatum
05 - Accepting the Challenge
06 - Press to Victory
07 - Turn the Tide
08 - Unexpected Betrayal
09 - Out of Control
10 - Beat the Odds
11 - The Bitter End
12 - My Liege, My Enemy
13 - Wheat From Chaff
14 - Through the Tulgey Wood
15 - Unconditional Trust
16 - Echoes of the Past
17 - Final Decision
18 - Labyrinth
19 - One Step
20 - The Warden and the Activator
21 - Time for Release
22 - Nisus
23 - Schismogenesis
24 - The Final Sacrifice
25 - Journey's End
26 - Finale
27 - Overture: TGS 2007 Mix
Total Time:
75'21"

Last year Square Enix released their hopefully successful new IP The Last Remnant to mixed reviews. One of the aspects of the game that everyone agreed on as high quality though was its soundtrack. Not only is this one of the best soundtracks from last year, but it also rivals their bigger named franchises. Even if the game didn't interest you much, checking out the soundtrack would be a good idea for fans of videogame soundtracks.

The very first song on the soundtrack, "The First Awakening," sets the tone of the soundtrack very well and happens to be one of the better songs. It's a great opening theme that matches the massive battles and fantasy warfare of the game. "Cherished Memories" is a good slow moving song that accompanies the more emotional parts of the game. "Opening Suite: The Assault" is a fantastically rousing piece and was one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack as well. If "Sword Sparks" (one of the main battle themes) doesn't get you pumped up for battle, I don't know what will. It's probably one of my new favorite battle themes. Actually all of the battle themes in this game are very good, and there's a pretty big variety of them. The final song you can sample for yourself is "Truths Revealed," a very ominous and of evil sounding song that went well with the mood of the game.

The soundtrack's quality shouldn't come as a surprise to those who have followed Tsuyoshi Sekito's career. His first, and only original work (until now) was the OST for Brave Fencer Musashi. Since then, Square (Enix) has put him on job after job of doing updated versions of Final Fantasy tunes for a variety of games. Now, however, Sekito gets to shine. Granted, this soundtrack sounds quite different from Musashi, thanks to all the skills Sekito has been able to hone in the last decade while working on various FF soundtracks. To make things even more interesting, Natsumi Kameoka (who did much of the arrangement/orchestration for Blizzard's "Echoes of War") is the sole arranger for this album. There are a number of tracks that feature full orchestral ensembles. This is definitely what brings much of the soundtrack's emotional moments to life. The rest is just Sekito's crazy-awesome guitar work and catchy rhythms.

You can be assured that the rest of the soundtrack holds up well. This is one soundtrack that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone into videogame music. It's got a boatload of wonderful songs on it and there's enough content here to justify the purchase. Hopefully the wonderful people that worked on this game are allowed to work on something bigger with Square Enix here in the future. I feel they have earned it.

Reviewed by: Josh Lewis



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