PoPoLoCRoIS Story II Original Soundtrack

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PoPoLoCRoIS Story II Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Arranged by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Published by SPE Visual Works
Catalog number SVWC-7056
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 39 tracks
Release date March 8, 2000
Duration 00:53:02
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Overview

Released four years after its predecessor, Popolocrois Story II was a true sequel that received much acclaim among Japanese gamers. One of the few weaker elements of the game was its soundtrack, created by a returning team led by Tetsuo Ishikawa. The music generally fitted the title, but was rarely unique or impressive in context. It is even more disappointing on its soundtrack release...

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The soundtrack starts somewhat turbulently with the prologue, but eventually builds into an instrumental arrangement of series' favourite "Pietro's Departure". There isn't anything spectacular about this arrangement musically, but the featured samples are certainly an improvement on Poporogue's, demonstrating the technological freedom offered towards the end of the PlayStation era. There is also a nostalgic piano-based arrangement of the theme for the title screen that builds into a lively instrumental pop piece. Both tracks are a great way to show the series is back, but unfortunately relatively few of the subsequent original compositions are quite as nostalgic.

The new compositions on the soundtrack generally complement the experiences of Popolocrois Story II fittingly. "The Fairy Tribe", "Country of the Gods", "The Fun Circus", and "Boxy", for instance, all embellish the fairytale feel of the game with their abstract and colourful timbres. They're all treated quite differently, but come together convincingly to underscore the overall adventure. "Grasslands" meanwhile takes listeners excitingly into the overworld with its bold brass leads and ethereal synth backing, though lacks the individuality of Popolocrois Story's more acoustic entries. "Battle & Battle II" meanwhile retains the series' wacky flavour with its electrified phrases and melodramatic development.

Unfortunately, the three composers of Popolocrois Story II seem to take a somewhat less elaborate approach than previous soundtracks. This time, most tracks loop prematurely before the 40 second mark, giving short track times throughout. Furthermore, a lot of the tracks this time seem to have been composed in a formulaic rather than an experimental manner, whether "Romarna Castle" and "Sea-Front Street" with their dating styles, or the overly stereotyped world music references on "Kimen Doji" and "Monkey Salsa". Particularly uninspiring are tracks such as "Mansel Village", "Elena", "Kimen Doji's Past", and "Narcia's Feelings", which feature some of the most simplistic and bare piano work on an RPG.

The score closes with two of the most mysterious tracks on the soundtrack, "Balbaran" and "Maira". However, like so many other pieces on the album, the tracks are simply too short and derivative to make an impact like equivalents on Poporogue did. The soundtrack also features a vocal theme, "Little Flower". It contrasts considerably with Popolocrois Story's "Pietro's Departure" with its more introspective flavour, due to both the dreamy vocal line and synthpad-dominated accompaniment. It's a decent pop theme, thanks to the strength of its melody, but completely lacks in individuality. While the full version opens the soundtrack, an instrumental version set to drama finishes the soundtrack.

Summary

While the Popolocrois Story II soundtrack is a functional complement to the game, it lacks the elaboration and individuality to offer a fulfilling listen out of context. Perhaps due to time limitations, it appears that the returning three person team decided to compose a score of RPG clichés, rather than maintaining the quirky and worldly flavour of the earlier games. Most will be safe skipping this soundtrack in favour of other entries in the series and possibly enjoying the music through the game instead.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Composition & Arrangement:
    Tetsuo Ishikawa & Yoshiyuki Sahashi: 1
    Yoshiyuki Sahashi: 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39
    Yoshifumi Iio: 4, 5, 12, 17, 21, 24, 35, 36
    Tetsuo Ishikawa: 8~10, 14, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 37
    Tetsuo Ishikawa & Yoshifumi Iio: 13

"Little Flower" (Ending Theme)
Lyrics: Saeko Nishio
Composition & Arrangement: Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Vocals: Tomo Suzuki (鈴木 朋)

"Star Story" (Insert Song)
Lyrics: Toshihiro Cho
Composition & Arrangement: Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Vocals: A2U

Guitar: Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Tenor Sax and Tin Whistle: Takuo Yamamoto


Music Producer: Toshihiro Cho (SOYTZER MUSIC), Tetsuo Ishikawa
Sound Director: Yuko Araki (SCEI)
SPU Program: Yu Ogata, Minako Seki, Daisuke Miyake, Eriko Azuma (SCEI)
Sound Adviser: Takafumi Fujisawa (SCEI)
Mastering: Toshiya Horiuchi (Sony Music Entertainment)
Album was composed by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi and was released on March 8, 2000. Soundtrack consists of 39 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by SPE Visual Works.

CD 1

1
Beginning of the Adventure
02:32
2
Little Flower
04:59
3
Title
01:13
4
Basqual
00:53
5
Grasslands
00:49
6
Repentance
00:46
7
Mansel Village
01:17
8
Country of the Dragons
01:15
9
The Fun Circus
01:06
10
Charm of the Circus
00:37
11
Sea-Front Street
01:23
12
Romarna Castle
01:08
13
Battle & Battle II
03:53
14
Country of the Gods
00:59
15
Green Notes Revival
00:26
16
The Fairy Tribe
01:50
17
And Once More
00:40
18
Maira's Temple
02:01
19
Battle with Maira
01:27
20
Decisive Battle
02:08
21
Narcia's Feelings
01:23
22
Star Story
01:51
23
Elena
00:50
24
Jilva
01:06
25
Leona
01:03
26
Kimen Doji
01:03
27
Kimen Doji's Past
00:49
28
Roshimoff
00:52
29
Excuse Me, Sir
00:55
30
Gilbert
01:13
31
Monkey Salsa
01:25
32
Boxy
00:42
33
Zull
00:36
34
Garp
00:38
35
Gorg
00:47
36
The Great Lord Julius
00:52
37
Balbaran
00:59
38
Maira
01:32
39
Little Flower Inst. Version
03:04
30.04.12
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