Nobuo Uematsu

Final Fantasy IX

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The popular video game series returned to its roots with Final Fantasy IX. Uematsu's music also took a few steps back. Previous releases had been turning toward large operatic-style tracks, which was particularly noticeable on Final Fantasy, Vol. 8. Here, however, the music is very medieval-based. While this may suit the game to a T, it takes something away from secular enjoyment. The one commercial track on the four-disc album, "Melodies of Life," sung by Emiko Shiratori, is perhaps the highlight of this release. A variety of musicians are present to provide the accompaniment, including the Masatugu Shinozaki Group on strings. Unfortunately, most of the four hours that Final Fantasy, Vol. 9 lasts is rather dull and slow-paced. The occasional spark of genius comes along at various points, but there's little to write home about here.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Koji Haijima
2:08
2
feat: Koji Haijima
1:15
3
feat: Koji Haijima
1:38
4
feat: Koji Haijima
0:54
5
feat: Koji Haijima
3:11
6
feat: Koji Haijima
2:42
7 1:52
8
feat: Koji Haijima
3:14
9
feat: Koji Haijima
3:20
10
feat: Koji Haijima
2:27
11
feat: Koji Haijima
1:45
12
feat: Koji Haijima
2:50
13
feat: Koji Haijima
0:16
14
feat: Koji Haijima
0:34
15
feat: Koji Haijima
3:35
16
feat: Koji Haijima
1:31
17
feat: Koji Haijima
2:28
18
feat: Koji Haijima
2:40
19
feat: Koji Haijima
0:57
20
feat: Koji Haijima
2:27
21
feat: Koji Haijima
4:05
22
feat: Koji Haijima
1:55
23
feat: Koji Haijima
2:47
24
feat: Koji Haijima
0:45
25
feat: Koji Haijima
2:59
26
feat: Koji Haijima
2:28
27
feat: Koji Haijima
3:07
28
feat: Koji Haijima
2:45
29
feat: Koji Haijima
3:03
30
feat: Koji Haijima
2:46
31
feat: Koji Haijima
1:39

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Koji Haijima
4:00
2
feat: Koji Haijima
3:10
3
feat: Koji Haijima
2:11
4
feat: Koji Haijima
1:53
5
feat: Koji Haijima
3:47
6
feat: Koji Haijima
3:17
7
feat: Koji Haijima
3:52
8
feat: Koji Haijima
2:56
9
feat: Koji Haijima
2:22
10
feat: Koji Haijima
3:02
11
feat: Koji Haijima
2:56
12
feat: Koji Haijima
2:28
13
feat: Koji Haijima
3:55
14
feat: Koji Haijima
3:24
15
feat: Koji Haijima
2:25
16
feat: Koji Haijima
3:17
17
feat: Koji Haijima
2:53
18
feat: Koji Haijima
2:21
19
feat: Koji Haijima
2:25
20
feat: Koji Haijima
2:40
21
feat: Koji Haijima
1:47
22
feat: Koji Haijima
2:43
23
feat: Koji Haijima
2:21
24
feat: Koji Haijima
1:15
25
feat: Koji Haijima
2:35
26
feat: Koji Haijima
1:15

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Koji Haijima
2:23
2
feat: Koji Haijima
2:34
3
feat: Koji Haijima
2:31
4
feat: Koji Haijima
3:43
5
feat: Koji Haijima
3:22
6
feat: Koji Haijima
3:47
7
feat: Koji Haijima
2:09
8
feat: Koji Haijima
3:36
9
feat: Koji Haijima
3:49
10
feat: Koji Haijima
2:31
11
feat: Koji Haijima
2:29
12
feat: Koji Haijima
2:28
13
feat: Koji Haijima
2:19
14
feat: Koji Haijima
2:11
15
feat: Koji Haijima
2:53
16
feat: Koji Haijima
3:39
17
feat: Koji Haijima
1:56
18
feat: Koji Haijima
2:21
19
feat: Koji Haijima
2:55
20
feat: Koji Haijima
2:43
21
feat: Koji Haijima
2:17
22
feat: Koji Haijima
2:52
23
feat: Koji Haijima
2:03
24
feat: Koji Haijima
3:49
25
feat: Koji Haijima
2:07
26
feat: Koji Haijima
2:03

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Koji Haijima
4:07
2
feat: Koji Haijima
2:04
3
feat: Koji Haijima
1:58
4
feat: Koji Haijima
2:45
5
feat: Koji Haijima
2:02
6
feat: Koji Haijima
2:10
7
feat: Koji Haijima
3:11
8
feat: Koji Haijima
3:03
9
feat: Koji Haijima
2:36
10
feat: Koji Haijima
3:29
11
feat: Koji Haijima
2:26
12
feat: Koji Haijima
3:48
13
feat: Koji Haijima
2:14
14
feat: Koji Haijima
3:43
15
feat: Koji Haijima
4:43
16
feat: Koji Haijima
6:15
17
feat: Koji Haijima
1:32
18
feat: Koji Haijima
0:28
19
feat: Koji Haijima
1:18
20
feat: Koji Haijima
1:21
21
feat: Koji Haijima
2:06
22 7:35
23
feat: Koji Haijima
2:45
24 0:20
25 0:34
26 3:21
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