What I’ve Been Up To

Another eight months later, I’m have time again to share my new music findings!
WARNING! Quite a long post with lots of cover art!

Actual New Music!

8-bit trip — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store

One-track single, but so worth it.


サイン — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store
Pretty meh album, but it’s one of her earliest, so…

STARGATE — ★★★★☆ — iTunes Store
Another solid pop album.


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


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.


夢想演舞 妖之理 — ★★★★☆
And the second one.

Thanks to everyone at fluterscape who made importing rare CDs a breeze.


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.


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).


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.


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 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


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.


宝石 — ★★★★★
One of my favourite singles of all time (from コゼットの肖像).


コゼットの肖像 Original Soundtrack — ★★★★☆
This is 梶浦由記, so of course it’s very good!


ドレス — ★★★★☆
Always wanted this track from the Trinity Blood.


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 — ★★★☆☆


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