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Phantasy Star 0 OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: WM-0613~6
Released On: January 28, 2009
Composed By: Hideaki Kobayashi, Tadashi Kinukawa, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru, Hatsune Okumura (1-01)
Arranged By: Fumie Kumatani, Hideyuki "Daichi" Suzuki (1-01)
Published By: Wave Master
Recorded At: TRC North
Format: 4 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Undefeated Heart
02 - Let's Go Together!
03 - Sarisa
04 - Full of Life
05 - General
06 - Hunters
07 - Desolate Scape
08 - Desolate Wilds
09 - Rappy Fever -Stage1-
10 - Desolate Wilds -Rare Battle-
11 - The Time of Decision
12 - Growl, From The Red Beat
13 - Joyous and Peaceful World
14 - Damp Swamp
15 - Damp Clump
16 - Rappy Fever -Stage2-
17 - Damp Clump -Rare Battle-
18 - Chaotic Swells
19 - Snowflake
20 - Snowstorm
21 - Rappy Fever -Stage3-
22 - Snowstorm -Rare Battle-
23 - Breezy Way 1
Total Time:
68'15"

Disc Two
01 - Phantasy Star Zero
02 - In The City
03 - Flowing
04 - Take a Breather
05 - Friendly Chatting
06 - Gloomy Bar
07 - Quest Counter
08 - Secret Alter
09 - Secret Ritual
10 - Rappy Fever -Stage4-
11 - Secret Ritual -Rare Battle-
12 - Reve
13 - Machinery Pressure
14 - The Quest Anger
15 - Trickle Maze
16 - Trickle Labyrinth
17 - Rappy Fever -Stage5-
18 - Trickle Labyrinth -Rare Battle-
19 - Rush to Struggle
20 - Music in The Empty Room
21 - Mother Trinity
22 - Breezy Way 2
Total Time:
72'20"

Disc Three
01 - Precede
02 - Overflow
03 - Overdrive
04 - Rappy Fever -Stage6-
05 - Overdrive -Rare Battle-
06 - Machinery Conqueror
07 - Resistance
08 - Crescent Serenade
09 - Crescent Crusade
10 - Rappy Fever -Stage7-
11 - Crescent Crusade -Rare Battle-
12 - 'IDOLA' The Imitated God
13 - 'IDOLA' The Devil's Shadow
14 - Breezy Way 3
15 - Eternal Steps To Heaven
16 - Eternal Steps To Elysion
17 - Rappy Fever -Stage8-
18 - Eternal Steps To Elysion -Rare Battle-
Total Time:
70'39"

Disc Four
01 - Phantasy Star Zero (Soundtrack Ver.)
02 - Fogotten Story
03 - In The City (Soundtrack Ver.)
04 - Sarisa (Soundtrack Ver.)
05 - Desolate Scape (Soundtrack Ver.)
06 - Desolate Wilds (Soundtrack Ver.)
07 - Encounter1
08 - Joyous and Peaceful World (Soundtrack Ver.)
09 - General (Soundtrack Ver.)
10 - Snowflake (Soundtrack Ver.)
11 - Snowstorm (Soundtrack Ver.)
12 - The Time of Decision (Soundtrack Ver.)
13 - Encounter2
14 - Chaotic Swells (Soundtrack Ver.)
15 - Friendly Chatting (Soundtrack Ver.)
16 - Reve (Soundtrack Ver.)
17 - Secret Alter (Soundtrack Ver.)
18 - Secret Ritual (Soundtrack Ver.)
19 - Machinery Pressure (Soundtrack Ver.)
20 - Invasion1
21 - Trickle Maze (Soundtrack Ver.)
22 - Trickle Labyrinth (Soundtrack Ver.)
23 - Music in The Empty Room (Soundtrack Ver.)
24 - Resistance (Soundtrack Ver.)
25 - Go!! O.G.I.
26 - The Quest Anger (Soundtrack Ver.)
27 - Invasion2
28 - Crescent Requiem (Bonus Track)
29 - Crescent Warfare (Bonus Track)
30 - Mother Trinity (Soundtrack Ver.)
31 - Crescent Serenade (Soundtrack Ver.)
32 - Crescent Crusade (Soundtrack Ver.)
33 - Important Thing
Total Time:
75'21"

Phantasy Star 0 (or "ZERO" if you prefer it) features music from Sega's same team of musicians who have worked on Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe, though some added composers have since joined the mix.

Upon first inspection, I had to question the album's tracklist. Four discs of music for one DS game? I could hardly believe it (though it isn't an impossibility, since Tierkreis has six discs of music dedicated to it between the OST and Extra Soundtrack). Further dissection revealed it was really just 3 discs, as disc four is mainly comprised of up-sampled "soundtrack version" tracks. It's like a low-level arranged album tacked on to the end.

The other thing that artificially elongates this soundtrack is the looping of every track. The average track length comes to about 3 minutes, and many tracks go into the 4 and 5 minute ranges. Even discounting the loop, however, there's a lot of musical content to digest here. It took me many listens to even begin to form an opinion about the music.

The quality of the music is strong in terms of composition. I can't fault Kobayashi and the rest of the Sega team for what they've written. But I will say two things against this soundtrack. First, it doesn't feel cohesive. Second, it is in no way "memorable." That's a complaint I've had with every Phantasy Star soundtrack since Phantasy Star Online, but even then, I am able to remember songs from Phantasy Star Online Ep III better than I can remember the ones on this album.

The synth instruments are limited, being a DS game, but they do not sound nearly as tinny as some of the early soundtracks released for the DS. I was really impressed with the sound quality, considering the music's destination.

Perhaps it's just because I have no personal attachment to the music, but I have to say, I could have done without this soundtrack. I suspect, however, that this isn't merely a matter of it being "not my cup of tea." How many people will claim this as one of their favorite OSTs from the Phantasy Star series? How many will consider it one of the best releases of 2009? I can't think of anyone who will be "sold" on this album. It's decent, but hardly noteworthy, and certainly an item that exists only for collectors and serious Phantasy Star fans.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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