Monday, February 23, 2015

Nobuo Uematsu's Final Symphony orchestral album is the best $10 you'll spend on video game music this week

So, remember that totally awesome symphonic poem "Born with the Gift of Magic"?  Y'know, the 18-minute-long opus that seamlessly blended some of Final Fantasy VI's best-known themes with some of its more esoteric b-sides?

Well, you can officially buy it now from iTunes and it is glorious.

The downside is that "Born with the Gift of Magic" is an album-only purchase of the latest Final Fantasy symphonic album that's appropriately - if unimaginatively - titled Final Symphony, so if you want to legitimately purchase "Born with the Gift of Magic" you'll have to part with $9.99 (plus tax).

But!  That's something you absolutely should do if you love the music from Final Fantasy VI, VII, and X since Final Symphony is chock full of new arrangements of the greatest hits from those three amazing games.  Fans of the Distant Worlds concert series can breathe a collective sigh of relief here - yes, the arrangements on Final Symphony are new and wonderful... which means you won't need to listen to the excellent (and overused...) piano arrangement of FFVII's "Those who Fight".

Better yet, Final Symphony offers over an hour and a half of music, which makes it a relative bargain at the price.  Although why you need anything more than the 18-minute-long tour de force that is "Born with the Gift of Magic" is beyond me.

Seriously, it's $10. Get over to iTunes and download it now - you'll class up your ear holes with all that culture *and* you'll have a chance to indulge your inner FF fanboy/fangirl.

Stop reading this. Go!  Make with the listening already!