Sanctuary / The Star Onions
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||Voyager||Naoshi Mizuta||4:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Flowers On the Battlefield||Naoshi Mizuta||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Xarcabard||Naoshi Mizuta||5:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fighters of the Crystal||Naoshi Mizuta||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Faded Memories - Promyvion||Naoshi Mizuta||5:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mhaura||Naoshi Mizuta||5:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gustaberg||Kumi Tanioka||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rapid Onslaught - Assault||Naoshi Mizuta||4:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Distant Worlds||Nobuo Uematsu||5:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Griffons Never Die||Naoshi Mizuta||4:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wings of the Goddess||Naoshi Mizuta||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
A must for FFXI music lovers
'Sanctuary,' the second Star Onions album, is another look at the music of Final Fantasy XI, and it is a joy to listen to. Whereas the first album had a mix of different genres used to remix the tracks, almost all of the pieces on this album are orchestral, with the last two tracks being the exception. And when it comes to the instrumentation of the pieces, some instrument combinations really shine: the accordion on 'Xarcabard' and 'Mhaura' add different (and opposing) emotions to both tracks; the combination of piano and hammer dulcimer on "Faded Memories - Promyvion" is a very creative and effective way to give a feel for the Promyvion areas; and the vibraphone and violin on "Distant Worlds" sounded as rich as the vocals from the original track. The biggest surprises on the track, musically, were "Fighters of the Crystal" and "Gustaberg" -- the first being a delightfully feisty reinterpretation, the second being greatly enhanced by the use of so many percussion instruments: xylophone, sleigh bells, rainmaker, tambourine, toms, etc., you get the idea. Add in the strings and the flute, and it's easy to see why this is my favorite track. All in all, a very good album, and well worth the price for Final Fantasy XI enthusiasts.
Starkly Different From Their First Outing
The difference of this album is by no means a bad one. The main feelings I came away with were how versatile the original compositions are, and how well The Star Onions exploit that. My hands down favorite was, "Gustaberg" a track track I loved in it's original form, as well as the acoustic version in the premium box. I also found "Xarcabard" stood out for it's haunting qualities which are certainly played up, in opposition to the simply gloomy feeling of the original. The last things I will say about this album are that I was glad to see The Star Onions choose such a diverse array of tracks, and that I reccomend this to any fans of their first album or the original FFXI soundtrack.