Makai Senki Disgaea Makai Arrange Collection ~Dark label~

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Makai Senki Disgaea Makai Arrange Collection ~Dark label~
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Composed by Tenpei Sato
Arranged by Tenpei Sato
Published by Nippon Ichi Software
Catalog number SLPS-25608_EX
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 7 tracks
Release date February 23, 2006
Duration 00:25:46
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Overview

The Makai Senki Disgaea Arrange Soundtrack was criticised for sticking too closely to the source material and not having enough features to make it stand out on its own. However, it did have an impressive length with 17 tracks producing a total playtime of just under 75 minutes. It seems like Tenpei Sato produced a few more arrangements for the album that couldn't fit into the final cut. Over two years later, Sato was able to release them in Makai Senki Disgaea Makai Arrange Collection Dark Label, a bonus disc packaged with the Japanese version of Makai Disgaea 2 together with the Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Original Soundtrack. With seven instrumental arrangements in total, are these B-sides worth checking out?

Body

The arranged album opens with the underrated "Beauty Baron". Brimming with lyricism, this frivolous accordion-led theme is a lovely way to introduce the CD. However, no substantial changes can be heard until its second half when there is a new section featuring a amusing array of woodwind flutters. Already an intricate and accomplished theme, the dramatic march "Hysteric Kingdom" receives a fairly orthodox arrangement too. The bright brass melodies and expansive string runs of the opening section give way to a deliciously dark turn from 0:50; the darkness explored here is elaborated on more with an original section at 1:55, though there is some loss of coherency and the composition struggles to return to the original. Displaying Sato's capacity as a woodwind composer, "Angel Smile" contrasts light and smooth phrasing to portray a delicate story of humanity. This arrangement is probably the most minimal of them all, however.

"The Anthem of Braves" is a very pleasant victory theme. Sato nicely contrasts the chord-heavy bombastic parts with dazzling smooth violin works to reflect the elated spirit of the gamers. Again, it's difficult to hear anything other than sound quality enhancements here. "You Go, Girl!" was a funny choice to arrange. With its silly bass line and quirky trumpet melodies, this theme is definitely one of the lightest in the game. The arrangement is short but sweet, including a modest instrumental solo section in its second minute. "Galaxy Wars" ends the album on an epic note, sounding even better than before. Taking influence from historical movies, Sato uses rich brassy orchestration in conjunction with occasional iterations of a foreboding crisis motif.

There is one unexpected arrangement here. Already present in a brief version in the Makai Senki Disgaea Original Soundtrack and canonic version in the Makai Senki Disgaea Arrange Soundtrack, this arrangement essentially lengthens the original theme in a more conventional manner. Strong imagery is created by the exquisite layering of a Japanese children's choir, which fades out to complete silence. Unfortunately, it is the fifth track on the soundtrack when it would have been a more fitting conclusion. The 20 seconds of silence before "You Go, Girl!" plays is pretty interruptive.

Summary

This album can be summed up with one word: superfluous. While it is mostly very pleasant to listen to, that's because of the quality of the original pieces rather than anything new offered. The original sections are often enjoyable, but they are mostly understated or slightly deter the coherency of the original themes. If the Makai Senki Disgaea Arrange Soundtrack left you longing for more or you're an obsessive collector, this album might be for you. For most others, it will be a useless purchase.



Album
3/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

Included with the Japanese PS2 release of Makai Senki Disgaea 2.
Album was composed by Tenpei Sato and was released on February 23, 2006. Soundtrack consists of 7 tracks tracks with duration over about 25 minutes. Album was released by Nippon Ichi Software.

CD 1

1
Beauty Baron
04:09
2
Hystelic Kingdom
04:09
3
Angel Smile
04:52
4
Anthem of Brave
03:03
5
Red Moon
02:03
6
You Go Girl
02:37
7
Galaxy Wars
04:53
30.04.12
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