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Noriko Matsueda & Takahito Eguchi – “Final Fantasy X-2 Eternity Memory of Lightwaves” Review

Final Fantasy X-2’s single takes the unique route of actually being a non-vocal single at all! The three tracks on the CD are all taken from the FFX-2 OST, with the tracks being arranged slightly differently with a minimalist orchestration feel to it.

“Eternity~Memories Of Lightwaves” is the title track, which is piano based. It is to put it simply one of the best, most fluent and magical pieces of music around in VGM. It is a joy to listen to. For this arrangement, gone are the extra effects and in are a violin and cello. This gives it an orchestral feel, which although is only subtle, adds to the piece. It is a most worthy additional arrangement of the song.

“Besaid” is more laid back and the arrangement is given a real guitar. With the drums setting the scene the piano and guitar interact beautifully and make a lovely piece together. While it’s not quiet as stunning as the previous track, its still a great piece.

Finally, “Yuna’s Ballad” is an emotive piano, violin and cello piece. The arrangement is excellent and touching and reminds you that underneath all that techno-babble, great music lays the basis for a great soundtrack.

This single is some of the real meat in the FFX-2 OST, and if your put of by the mixed feeling towards the techno side of the music, and just want beautiful melodies, this single is completely made for you; its an excellent CD.

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