Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won't protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 06:42 PM
The start screen music from Yoshi's Island. Just the waves, and the music sort of slowly comes in an instrument at a time like there're people on the beach just kind of randomly deciding to do the song. It's really pretty, and a happy-sounding song. I used to let the SNES run all night on that for white noise at night. XD
Vamo' Alla Flamenco, from Final Fantasy 9. Again, really pretty song. It kind of loops back around on itself while it plays and it just makes you think of people dancing around in circles. It's like a rock and roll waltz. Synthesizers, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums... And it's got this just beautiful bit towards the middle about two minutes in. It's one of the prettiest songs I've ever heard that had electric guitars in it.
The opening theme from Legend of Dragoon is a really beautiful song too. Whoever it is that sang it had an absolutely beautiful voice. I'm willing to overlook a few questionable phrasings to enjoy the song. And though she has a beautiful voice for the vocals, I think the prettiest parts are when she's just hitting notes, not words.
The Legend of Mana opening and end-credit themes are beautiful pieces of work. I'm not sure what language they're in, but the woman has a really nice voice, and the music itself with the piano, the flutes and the rest is just really easy to listen to.
Now, for my absolute favorites. Grandia II on the Dreamcast came with a soundtrack CD. I was very glad it did - the game had some incredible music. But the two best were called 'A Deus' and 'Cancao do Povo' or 'To God' and 'Song of the People'. A Deus is a really beautiful, really simply piece, that at first relies solely on the voice of the woman singing it and an accompanying harp. The harp stays fairly quiet and in the background though, making the woman singing the real focus instead of just the woman singing. The way it sounds is almost like being in a chapel listening to her sing. It's really beautiful. Then about halfway in, it goes instrumental, and a flute and a violin start to play along with the harp. Towards the end the woman comes back in and it gets even prettier. Cancao do Povo is a really happy song, a lot more complex than A Deus. No less beautiful a song, though. I don't know who the woman was who sang them, but she has a very clear, very powerful voice, and even in the most complex parts of the song it's still easy to hear her over the instruments, without seeming obnoxiously loud.
Beware, the remixes were done in a pop and some sort of funk/metal hybrid thing, respectively, and kind of... Suck. XD They're the only bad part of the whole CD.
The observant reader may note I'm not much for 'badass' music in my games. While not technically true, I can hear hard rock and the like on the radio fairly easily. I'm much more impressed when a game sets its tone with a clear, more classical style of music.