The Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki Original Soundtrack

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Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki Original Soundtrack, The
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Published by Falcom
Catalog number NW10102870
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 3 CD - 75 tracks
Release date December 16, 2010
Duration 02:55:15
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Overview

The Legend of Heroes -Zero no Kiseki- Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack for the newest entry in Falcom's long-running series of RPGs. Continuing the tradition of the Sora no Kiseki, the soundtrack blends typical organic setting themes with some rocking battle themes and a headlining vocal theme. Many have felt that the Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. have exhausted their sound in recent years and the introduction of two new members on Ys SEVEN did little to improve matter. Their latest soundtrack features yet more functional, but rarely exceptional, music from the team.

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"Zero no Kiseki," the game's main theme, appears in its full version on the penultimate track on the album. In contrast to the main theme for The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki, it's not terribly interesting, and could really be interchanged with most of the other softer melodies that appear on the album without incident (except for the fact that it appears so frequently interwoven into other pieces). "way of life" is the vocal version of the game's main theme, and it is featured in an opening and full version on the soundtrack. It's a powerful, rocking piece, featuring Kanako Kotera's spirited vocals. The base melody is nothing special, though the arrangement does a good job of demonstrating its strong points.

The soundtrack emphasises its inferiority compared to those of the Sora no Kiseki trilogy right from the introductory tracks. There are a few electronic tracks clustered around the first half of the soundtrack's first disc. These don't do a particularly great job of introducing the album, blending into each other and generally sounding uninteresting, more atmospheric than melodic. The flute in "Geo-Front" is a nice touch, and the jazz in "TRINITY" is rhythmically satisfying, but, with the exception of "Get Over the Barrier!," a rousing though not atypical battle theme with a rather derivative melody, the soundtrack doesn't hit its stride until the twelve track. That is "On the Green Road," a typical field theme whose infusion with rock elements helps it stand out somewhat.

The majority of the tracks are peaceful and melodic in nature, though rarely exceptional. Among those that stand out, "Arc-en-ciel" is a fun, melodically profound jazz piece, as is, to a lesser degree, "Balloons and Confetti." The melody in "Water, Plants and the Blue Sky" is quite peaceful and develops well, making the track feel longer than it really is — a welcome facet that is also shared by "Wind from Liberl", which starts with an infectious pizzicato section. Another favourite of mine is "Yearning Sun", with its soft pleasing melody and spot-on arrangement. There's a good deal of obvious-sounding synth spread throughout these tracks, and no instrument sounds terribly realistic, but they don't need to; the synth carries a formidable, satisfying air of its own.

There are a few battle tracks scattered through the release that sound just like they came out of an Ys title. With its raging guitars, "Intense Chase" is quite enjoyable to listen to, while "Formidable Enemy" is an extremely pleasing boss theme with a more urgent sound. These tracks will be nothing new to most series' followers, and a potential turn-off for those tired with the new Falcom sound, though they're still effective and enjoyable otherwise. Among more creative themes, "Inevitable Struggle" exudes a classic sound with its heavy synth and heroic melody. "Get Over the Barrier - Roaring Version" is without a doubt the superior version of the piece, thanks to the violins present in this variation which lends the track an awfully noble atmosphere. "Stand Up Battle Formation" has a piano banging away in the bass, lending it a jazzy air of its own, though this very technique is outdone by the more dissonant "Demonic Drive".

As the soundtrack approaches its climax, there are a few welcome deviations from the generic sound. There include the ghostly "A Bell That Cannot Ring", grungy "Killking Bear", and, with its oboe lead, the very welcome "The Starry Mist in the Night". "Arrival Existence," the final battle theme, is easily the most fulfilling battle theme on the album: lengthy and epic, pounding, and moving. The range of instruments used, from a harpsichord to grungy sound effects, keeps the piece fresh and evolving throughout its length. The game's main theme makes an appearance as well to bring the soundtrack round full circle. "New Days ~ Omen" is a fine credits theme that doesn't wear itself thin despite being the longest track on the album, constantly finding new ground to traverse.

Summary

After a disappointing beginning, this album establishes itself as a typical Falcom RPG soundtrack, and it doesn't try to take any risks with this branding. The pieces all sound nice but derivative, and, by the end, most listeners will find plenty to like but little to excite them. All in all, if the reader absolutely must have new, typical sounding RPG tunes to listen to, this would be a good purchase with its three discs of themes. However, keep in mind that it is inferior to much of Falcom's other output on the series and those looking for more interesting and creative soundtracks should look at some other releases from the last month.



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Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on December 16, 2010. Soundtrack consists of 75 tracks tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Falcom.

CD 1

1
way of life -Opening Version-
01:59
2
街角の風景
02:16
3
C.S.P.D -クロスベル警察-
02:19
4
ジオフロント
03:07
5
Get Over The Barrier!
02:03
6
これが俺たちの力だ!
00:55
7
特務支援課
01:53
8
明日は明日の風が吹く
01:55
9
TRINITY
01:09
10
IGNIS
01:59
11
点と線
01:50
12
On The Green Road
02:27
13
片手にはレモネード
02:38
14
アルモリカ村
01:55
15
クロスベルの午後
02:27
16
水と草木と青い空
02:31
17
Arrest The Criminal
02:23
18
リベールからの風
01:25
19
聖ウルスラ医科大学
02:42
20
木霊の道
03:06
21
鉱山町マインツ
02:11
22
七耀の煌き
03:04
23
大国に挟まれて
02:03

CD 2

1
Arc-en-ciel
01:57
2
ルバーチェ商会
02:48
3
黒月貿易公司
02:13
4
Terminal Room
01:45
5
忘れられし幻夢の狭間
03:46
6
陽の熱情
01:43
7
月の慕情
01:49
8
童心
01:50
9
運命の刻
02:02
10
譲れぬ想い
01:18
11
幾千の夜を越えて
01:17
12
夜明け~大団円
01:27
13
創立記念祭
03:06
14
風船と紙吹雪
02:21
15
一触即発
01:58
16
Foolish Gig
01:45
17
Intense Chase
02:22
18
Underground Kids
01:45
19
Limit Break
01:46
20
鉄橋を越えて
02:06
21
危地
01:50
22
Formidable Enemy
02:12
23
Stand Up Battle Formation Again!
01:49
24
想い破れて・・・
02:42
25
パラダイスミ☆
00:37
26
黒の競売会
02:27
27
守りぬく意志
02:20

CD 3

1
降水確率10%
02:14
2
クロスベル大聖堂
01:43
3
鳴るはずのない鐘
03:00
4
During Mission Accomplishment
02:21
5
柔らかな心
02:05
6
その背中を見つめて
02:26
7
Killing Bear
02:17
8
古の鼓動
03:20
9
叡智への誘い
02:32
10
Demonic Drive
02:53
11
Gnosis
02:03
12
夜景に霞む星空
01:57
13
響きあう心
02:23
14
いつかきっと
02:28
15
Inevitable Struggle
02:42
16
揺るぎない強さ
02:02
17
Get Over The Barrier! -Roaring Version-
04:14
18
A Light Illuminating The Depths
02:16
19
踏み出す勇気
02:29
20
Arrival Existence
04:43
21
とどいた想い
03:20
22
それぞれの明日
02:34
23
新しき日々~予兆
05:29
24
零の軌跡
02:17
25
way of life -Full Version-
04:09
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