I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yoko Shimomura - Parasite Eve Original Soundtrack [1998]

Wow, "Primal Eyes" is very impressive... I wasn't expecting this much depth at all for a horror game soundtrack; hopefully this will continue through the album. The album skips between dark atmosphere, beautiful and atmospheric, orchestra, upbeat break beat, and techno/piano wonder. One major complaint is that the file samples for the orchestra and opera vocals is clearly just pitch-shifted/bent, making it sound very fake and obnoxious... and now I'm really beginning to hate the fucking vocal shit in "Phrase of Eve". They just meander around with no purpose or structure... it's just random crap shit out by a five year old with a keyboard. It's annoying because the other stuff is quite awesome. Another complaint is that there aren't any particularly epic or hair-raising songs on this album, which is a bit strange for a horror/survival game. No matter, the other music certainly makes up for it a bit. The songs themselves are a bit repetitive, but I prefer this soundtrack to many other more typical horror soundtracks because it actually uses real MUSIC instead of just filling three hours with industrial and ambient effects.

Rating: 7.5


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