Another eight months later, I’m have time again to share my new music findings!
Quite a long post with lots of cover art!
Actual New Music! Rymdreglage 8-bit trip — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store One-track single, but so worth it.
いとうかなこ サイン — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store Pretty meh album, but it’s one of her earliest, so…
STARGATE — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Another solid pop album.
世界の終わり EARTH — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Quite a pleasant surprise that album was. Light and bright.
Shibayan and KALMARIA しゅがー☆ぱーてぃくる — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Another sunny light album, featuring 初音ミク
六弦アリス 原宿ロリヰタキネマ — ★★★★☆ Latest album to date. As always, very solid tracks across the album. Considering how many albums they put last year, I don’t think we’ll get anything new for quite a while.
夢想演舞 月之理 — ★★★☆☆ First of two joint album that came on the heels of each other.
六弦アリス 夢想演舞 妖之理 — ★★★★☆ And the second one.
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Garbage Absolute Garbage — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Lots of good old tracks on this album. I just love Garbage and I’ve missed many of these tracks, so I just bought the whole album for kicks.
Гости из будущего Зима в сердце — ★★☆☆☆ Don’t judge me! I got it for free via promotion!
Jessica Lea Mayfield Blue Skies Again — Single — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store It was a free track on iTunes and it was good to grab it. But I’m not too into it to buy the whole album.
Kid2Will Living Planet — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Sweet electronic album that I got after searching for a track name from the Impossible game (it was Fire Aura, BTW).
Origa Aria — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store The infamous Russian singer in Japan. I think this single has the best non-soundtrack songs of hers.
The Best of ORIGA — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store Again, a mix of good and meh tracks.
花曇り — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store Only one track, but it’s a nice track.
fripSide infinite synthesis — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store Their first album, mostly consisting of various soundtrack singles, but also has some new tracks. I still find their music pretty repetetive, though.
Dusty Springfield Dusty In Memphis — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store Only got the The Windmills of Your Mind track (randomly stumbled onto it somewhere on the Internet).
Clint Mansell Moon (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store I watched the movie and the DVD had this track in the menu that hooked me, so I got the album. Too bad, it’s the same track repeted again and again 🙁
YMCK YMCK SONGBOOK -songs before 8bit- — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store Only got the [track artist=YMCK]傘がない, because I couldn’t resist to get this song even though it’s DRMed. If only iTunes in Japan stripped the DRM form most of the music, I’d bought a lot of music. And probably all of YMCK’s albums would’ve been amongst it.
Anime Soundtracks NEON GENESIS EVANGELION — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION II — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store
THE END OF EVANGELION (Original Soundtrack) — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store
EVANGELION:DEATH (Original Soundtrack) — ☆☆☆☆☆ — iTunes Store I only got the songs that I like, so I can’t rate the albums as a whole, but they’re good.
TCY Force Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt The Original Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — iTunes Store This album is crap except for a couple of songs: Fly Away and especially Fallen Angel feat. Aimee B
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (THE WORST ALBUM) — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store Much better album (but only compared to the previous one). It has some good songs though, but I won’t recommend to buy all the tracks (i.e. any of Cherry Corrida).
溝口 肇 JIN-ROH Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ Great instrumental tracks in this album. But a lot of meh too. Anyway, you shoud watch the anime ― it’s one of the best films I’ve ever saw.
井上麻里奈 宝石 — ★★★★★ One of my favourite singles of all time (from コゼットの肖像).
FictionJunction コゼットの肖像 Original Soundtrack — ★★★★☆ This is 梶浦由記, so of course it’s very good!
BUCK-TICK ドレス — ★★★★☆ Always wanted this track from the Trinity Blood.
梶浦由記 Puella Magi Madoka Magica ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK I — ★★★☆☆ This album has some tracks that are as magical, as the anime.
手嶌 葵 さよならの夏~コクリコ坂から~ — ★★★★★
コクリコ坂から歌集 — ★★★★★ — iTunes Store BEST FIND THIS YEAR. I can’t believe my luck sometimes. Very clear, beautiful voice. Light and elegant music. Get this album
Game soundtracks The trend stays, and if anything, becomes more prominent. Most of the games come with the soundtrack option (either as a bonus content or as an advertised separate feature).
Baldur’s Gate Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Baldur’s Gate II Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — GOG.com These have some great tracks, but overall it’s a typical videogame soundtrack ― great in-game, but sucky as a stand-alone music album.
Fallout — ☆☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Fallout 2 — ☆☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com Not my kind of music. Again, it’s grate in-game, but I prefer to listen to something else otherwise.
Icewind Dale Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Icewind Dale II Soundtrack — ☆☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Outcast Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Planescape Torment Soundtrack — ☆☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Syberia Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — GOG.com
Syberia II Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — GOG.com Syberia albums are somewhat short, but quite OK.
Temple of Elemental Evil Soundtrack — ☆☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com
Dead Space 2 — ☆☆☆☆☆ Surprisingly good music for a game soundtrack.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Original Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ Morrowind always had had some great music (like Nerevar Rising), so I’m very glad I finally found this soundtrack.
Sword & Sworcery LP — The Ballad of the Space Babies — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp This game is epic, and so is it’s soundtrack!
Arx Fatalis — ★☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com Just no.
XIII Funk & Groove Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — GOG.com Although, I’m not a fan of funk, this album has some groovy tracks.
Painkiller Black Edition Soundtrack — ★☆☆☆☆ — GOG.com Not a fan.
Bulletstorm — ★★★★☆ Now, that was a surprise!
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Original Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ I’d say, this album is better than the one for the first game.
Portal 2: Songs to Test By — ★★★☆☆ Not a lot of good tracks to listen out of the game, sadly.
Alice: Madness Returns (Original Videogame Soundtrack) — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store This was advertised as an album on EA’s Origin, but instead, turned out to be a sampler. And not so good at that.
Celestial Mechanica OST — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp Another excelent soundtrack for an indie game. Machinarium OST — Bonus EP — ★★★☆☆