Today, on this hot sultry day, I have a couple of hours to share my thoughts on bunch of music I got in last half a year. Most of it was from wonderful
Game Music Bundle
, but I also got some other interesting stuff. So, let’s start with it.
And as alway, beware of lots and lots of album covers in this post.
General Music Barbara Helfgott & Rondo Vienna Maniac Violins Vol.1 — ★★★☆☆ — 7digital I actually bought it for a friend of mine, but I got to listen to it and it’s pretty good. My only complaint is actually a vocals in some of the tracks. It’s not on par with the violins mastery.
六弦アリス 骨董店 『Mystique』 ～或る画家の肖像～ — ★★★★☆ So what do you know? I actually got to sort out my physical Audio CDs and the 骨董店 『Mystique』 album that I was importing last year turned out to be a limited edition single! #50 at that. Not sure if I’m pissed at the seller or awed that I got an LE disc.
迷イノ森、夢十夜。 -人トシテ- — ★★★☆☆ 迷イノ森、夢十夜。 -凛トシテ- — ★★★☆☆ Got this double album this winter. Sadly, I don’t find it all that good. Yes, every song is nice on its own, but overall they all sound too similar. I find them to be too uniform and amorphous. The only highlight is 眩暈ハ散リ行ク桜ニモ似テ which is charming and inspiring. Also, not fan of edits of old tracks.
The Best of Bond… James Bond — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store Got it on 50th anniversary. Not bad, but now I have five copies of The World Is Not Enough.
Anime Soundtracks I finally got to see the first season of Fate/zero and it was absolutely fantastic! Thus, a bunch of Fate/zero soundtracks.
藍井エイル Prayer — ★★★☆☆
Haruna Luna 空は高く風は歌う — ★★☆☆☆ Another example of single where original track is much better than the promoted one.
Kalafina to the beginning — ★★★★☆ Never heard of this group before, but this single is very good.
Then I finally sorted out the rest of Trinity Blood music that were laying around for years.
江口貴勅 Trinity Blood O.S.T. TB music file — ★★☆☆☆
種 ともこ Broken Wings — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store
And, surprise surprise, I also finished watching first season of Spice and Wolf. Which was fantastic.
清浦夏実 TVアニメーション「狼と香辛料」OPテーマ 旅の途中 — Single — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store
ROCKY CHACK リンゴ日和~The Wolf Whistling Song — Single — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store O seven apples on a witch’s tree. With seven seeds to plant inside of me In springtime I grew a magic song Then skipping along, oh I sang the song to everyone
Damn, this song is so catchy…
黒石ひとみ LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing- O.S.T. — ★★☆☆ — iTunes Store LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing- O.S.T.2 — ★★★☆☆ I really love these two albums. They’re kind of magical.
川井憲次 TVアニメーション「ひぐらしのなく頃に」オリジナルサウンドトラック — iTunes Store TVアニメーション「ひぐらしのなく頃に」オリジナルサウンドトラックVol.2 — iTunes Store Boy, if you thought Trinity Blood took me long, then just look at these two. And then I didn’t listen to them. Oh, well.
Ok, then. Off to the main part of the report with me.
Game Soundtracks First, let’s look at various bonus soundtracks and the music I bought on my own.
Baiyon PixelJunk™ Eden + Encore ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK — ★★★☆☆
Ian Stocker Soulcaster Original Sound Version — Bandcamp
Soulcaster II Original Sound Version — Bandcamp
Escape Goat Original Soundtrack — Bandcamp
Escape Goat Powermouse Mix Collection
Kevin Manthei Jagged Alliance 2 Soundtrack
Luke Thomas Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆
Martin Stig Andersen Limbo Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes Store
Mikko Tarmia Amnesia: The Dark Descent OST
And here’s what I bought in search for English version of
Melodies of Life from Final Fantasy IX: 植松伸夫 FINAL FANTASY IX (Original Soundtrack) — iTunes Store
白鳥英美子 Melodies of Life
Peter McConnell Psychonauts Original Soundtrack — iTunes Store
radiangames Super Crossfire
Sexy-Synthesizer Rock. Deluxe Edition — ★★☆☆☆ — iTunes Store
目黒将司 PERSONA Original Soundtrack Even though I can’t rate this album overall, what I heard was pretty damn good.
目黒将司 PERSONA3 PORTABLE Original Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆
zath Dungeons of Dredmor Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
Game Music Bundle 2. Note that some albums were featured previously, but I’d mention them anyway.
A_Rival 8-Bit Pimp — ★★☆☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store Gaming rap. Very unusual, but I’m not a big fan of this music genre.
Alec Holowka Aquaria: Original Soundtrack — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp
C-jeff Preschtale — Bandcamp
David Saulesco Eternal Daughter Original Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
Disasterpeace Cat Astro Phi (Soundtrack) — ★☆☆☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Passcode: Soul of the Traveler (Soundtrack) — ★★☆☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Flashygoodness Tower of Heaven — Original Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
Francisco Cerda Jamestown Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
Inverse Phase Shuttle Scuttle OST — Bandcamp
Jake Kaufman Mighty Switch Force OST — Bandcamp
Jim Guthrie Sword & Sworcery LP — The Ballad of the Space Babies — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Kan R. Gao, feat. Laura Shigihara To the Moon <OST> — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp
Module Shatter — Official Videogame Soundtrack — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
The Octopus Project Thunderbeam Original Soundtrack
Romain Gauthier SQUIDS — OST — Bandcamp
Tomáš Dvořák Machinarium Soundtrack — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Machinarium Soundtrack Bonus EP — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
Various Artists Indie-Mashup EP: Sharing is Caring — ★★★★☆ This exclusive bonus album is sooo good!
Songs for the Cure ’10 — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Game Music Bundle 3
Alec Holowka Offspring Fling — Bandcamp
Daniel Olsén Ilomilo (Original Soundtrack) — cdbaby, iTunes Store
Disasterpeace Deorbit — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
_ensnare_ Impeccable Micro — ★★★★☆ — Official site
Gareth Coker inMomentum — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
George & Jonathan Beautiful Lifestyle — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Hyperduck Soundworks The Blocks Cometh — Bandcamp
jeffball Astroman Soundtrack — Bandcamp
Joakim Sandberg Mubla Evol Ution — ★★★☆☆ This is actually, 5 albums in 1. It covers soundtracks from Noitu Love, Chalk, Noitu Love 2, Luxe Chalk and The Iconoclasts. Quality varies, but there are some cool tracks.
Josh Whelchel GunGirl 2: Original Soundtrack — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Laura Shigihara Plants vs. Zombies Soundtrack — ★★☆☆☆ — YouTube Even though overall enjoyment of this album is quite low, Laura Shigihara is so cute! Check out her channel.
Lifeformed Fastfall — ★★★★☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store Very nice ambient album. I actually bought it just a day or two before Game Music Bundle 3 was announced. Worth it anyway.
nervous_testpilot Frozen Synapse Original Soundtrack — ★★★★☆ — Official site This album is also especially good.
ProtoDome BLUESCREEN — Bandcamp Nice chiptunes. Also, comes with three covers.
Re-Logic Terraria Soundtrack — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes Store
Whitaker Blackall Cardinal Quest: Original Soundtrack — Bandcamp Zircon Fittest — Original Soundtrack — Bandcamp, iTunes Store