First, a couple of things that happened since my last post. For one, another Game Music Bundle happened (which was underwhelming). And then iTunes Store expanded to Music and Films in a few countries, including Russia. And I am still amazed how Apple manage to make one thing right and then completely fuck up ten other things.
Now onto actual album coverage! As usual, a lot of cover art follows.
The Very Best of Enya (Remastered) — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes
As I’ve been poking iTunes Match, I decided to bring up some old rips of Enya albums. And while I was at it, I bought this album to fill the gaps of missing songs, since I wasn’t paying any attention to her career lately. Not bad album, lots of remastered tracks. But it is crazy how many different versions of the same album you have on iTunes Store!
Not Your Kind of People (Deluxe Version) — ★★★☆☆ — iTunes
Not the best album, but I still like a couple of tracks, such as Blood For Poppies and Beloved Freak. Also of note is that this is actually the same as regular version of album everywhere in the world and moreover, doesn’t contain Love Like Suicide
LEO — ★★★★☆ — iTunes
My personal favorite album of last year. Wonderful j-pop album of young and unknown artist debuted late in October won Best New Artist award at Japanese iTunes Store in Music category.
Makeup and Vanity Set
88:88 — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes
Found this album just because A Glowing Light, a Promise was a theme for Game Music Bundle 4 launch trailer. Sadly, the rest of the album was rather lacking.
六弦アリス 初期Best — ★★★☆☆
This was the only album they released last year and even then, it’s a bunch of old songs with new arrangement. And to be honest, it isn’t very good: their new direction of more lyrical and melodic performance doesn’t quite stack up with grittier, speedier early approach. The only new version that I liked, was 覚めないゆめ、無力な僕ラ.
不思議の国の音哲樂 まやかし篇 先見 — ★★★★☆
A new single that was released at last Comiket on December 31st, as usual. Again, as usual, this is pretty much a preview of what to expect from the upcoming album further down this year.
Again, a lot of game soundtracks thanks to Game Music Bundle. Mostly chiptunes (which I’m getting tired of), but there were nice things too.
Dear Esther — ★★☆☆☆ — Bandcamp, iTunes
Well, that one was a disappointment. I’ve heard a lot of nice things about it and it was on my wishlist for a while. But now that I’ve listened to it, it’s pretty dull and everything sounds the same.
The Scythian Steppes: Seven #Sworcery Songs Localized for Japan — ★★★☆☆ — Bandcamp
This is a collection of remixes from Sword & Sworcery LP — The Ballad of the Space Babies made by some very famous artists, such as 山岡 晃 (Akira Yamaoka)
Frozen Synapse Red — ★★★★☆ — iTunes
Nice album. Not as good as original Frozen Synapse Original Soundtrack, but still. Sadly, I think it only comes with addon for the game and couldn’t be bought separately.
Hotline Miami: The Takedown EP — ★★★☆☆
This one is interesting, because it’s only a part of full Hotline Miami soundtrack album, which was brought to Game Music Bundle 4 as a bonus by Scattle. Nice electronic swing music. Or something like that.
Music from and Inspired by the Video Game Super Amazing Wagon Adventure
That’s one mouthful title for such an average chiptune album.
Handheld Heroes Volume One — ★☆☆☆☆
This is yet another chiptune album. The catch is, there’s a lot of 8-bit dubstep tracks in it.
Pixeljams Volume 1
A bunch of electronic music. Some of it was ok.