Xanadu Next Original Soundtrack

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Xanadu Next Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Хаято Сонода / Takahide Murayama / Такахиро Унисуга / Wataru Ishibashi
Arranged by Ayako Shibazaki / Юкихиро Дзиндо
Published by Falcom
Catalog number NW10102710
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 26 tracks
Release date September 29, 2006
Duration 01:13:42
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Overview

In 2006, Falcom decided to revive their Xanadu franchise with the PC and N-Gage title Xanadu Next. Over 20 years had passed since the company produced the original Xanadu, so the game was able to offer a lot more graphically and musically than its prototype. The soundtrack was a particular highlight, blending arrangements of the series' main theme with a range of new organic-flavoured compositions. Let's take a closer look...

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A large portion of the original score revolves around "La Valse Pour Xanadu", a haunting waltz featured in the original Xanadu. Many will regard the repetition of a theme, particularly an old one, as a sign of lack of inspiration from the Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. However, the melody is such an iconic and fitting part of the Xanadu franchise that it is actually probably a worthy main theme for Xanadu Next. Thankfully, the sound team arrange the melody in highly inspired ways. For example, Yukihiro Jindo's opener is a full-blown cinematic interpretation of the theme featuring dramatic orchestra and chorus that brings the franchise's music into the modern age. Other interpretations range from the dainty organic field theme, the rasping brassy battle theme, and the low-key event theme.

Away from the main theme, there are plenty of high quality original compositions on the soundtrack. Setting themes such as "Harlech" and "The Treacherous Woods" continue Falcom's recent tradition of crafting emotional organic themes reminiscent of Yasunori Mitsuda's. Dungeon themes such as "The Eternal Maze", "Xanadu Labyrinth", and "Clover Ruins" enhance the mysticism of the game with their beautiful soundscaping and masterful synthesis. Perhaps the most impacting of all the themes, however, are the full-blown marches like "Bump in the Road" or the bombastic choral themes "Devil Advent" that occur at the climax. The former is especially dazzling with its piano runs and dynamic orchestration.

Unlike most Falcom soundtracks, rock elements are largely rejected. In fact, the closest the first 45 minutes of the soundtrack come to rocking is in the drum-heavy opening of "The One". Still, Falcom give their old-time fans what they want in the exceptionally well-produced final battle theme, "Evildoer", complete of course with extravagant guitar work. The storyline is rounded off with two choral arrangements of the secondary theme for the game, "Two Love". Falcom also offer a pop ballad in "White Lack in Back", but it's quite different to mainstream J-Pop due to Ayako Shibazaki's whispering vocals and the haunting minimalistic instrumentals. While it could have been a very artistic achievement, the English pronunciation is often just too awkward to be enjoyed.

Summary

Overall, the Xanadu Next Original Soundtrack will be a treat for those who enjoy the works on the new Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. It has more in common with The Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki than Ys Origin, given its mature tone and organic focus. However, the mystical feel of the franchise's music is still maintained and there are also treats for those who enjoy Falcom's rock and vocal themes. Overall, a highly recommended purchase for Falcom collectors.



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All Music by Falcom Sound Team jdk
        Hayato Sonoda
        Wataru Ishibashi
        Takahide Murayama
        Takahiro Unisuga
        Yukihiro Jindo

"White Lie in Black"

Vocal, lyrics & arrangement : Ayako Shibazaki (MagnetsU)
Keyboards & programming : Shige Yamamoto (MagnetsU)
Direction : Yukihiro Jindo
Recording : Kazuhiro Miyasaka (PRESSTONE)
Album was composed by Хаято Сонода / Takahide Murayama / Такахиро Унисуга / Wataru Ishibashi and was released on September 29, 2006. Soundtrack consists of 26 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Falcom.

CD 1

1
Two love
02:38
2
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT OPENING
03:50
3
Harlech
03:41
4
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT FIELD
02:36
5
The Eternal Maze
02:51
6
Clover Ruins
03:36
7
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT BATTLE
02:49
8
Egret Mountains
03:25
9
The Treacherous Woods
03:07
10
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT INTERMISSION
01:34
11
Xanadu Labyrinth
02:30
12
The One
02:11
13
Time Crevice
01:36
14
Bump in the road
02:58
15
The Castle of Strange Rock
03:08
16
Beginning of the end
02:32
17
Devil advent
02:40
18
Evildoer
03:24
19
True Intent
04:31
20
Two love ~ Eternity
03:32
21
White Lie in Black
03:32
22
Two love ~ Requiem
01:10
23
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT EVENT
02:34
24
LA VALSE POUR XANADU ~ XANADU NEXT DEMO
01:45
25
White Lie in Black (Less Vocal)
03:32
26
Introduce (2004 Debut Movie Music)
02:00
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