Nobuo Uematsu

Final Fantasy, VIII: Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec - The Orchestral Soundtrack

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Twelve tracks from the Final Fantasy, Vol. 8 soundtrack are here performed by a full orchestra under the guidance of Japanese composer Nobou Uematsu. Three versions of the hit single "Eyes on Me," sung by the talented Faye Wong, are present, as well as two renditions of "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec," the inspiring intro song from the hugely successful Final Fantasy VIII. In all, a varied but fitting mix is featured. The choir that introduces the first track, "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec," set the mood of the entire album perfectly; the dark feeling that encapsulates this release is achieved with aplomb throughout. "Eyes on Me," the most commercially successful Final Fantasy song ever, is featured on Final Fantasy, Vol. 8 in a number of different styles. The first is the original version, sung by Faye Wong, backed by the usual soft guitars, drums, and a tight melody. This is a pop song through and through. However, the meaningful lyrics and fine musicianship of the backing band create a song that appeals to all. The other renditions include a nine-minute orchestra-led version that retains the motivational vibe of the original. The ability of the orchestra is unquestionable, as is the quality of Uematsu's compositions. The two together make for an album of epic proportions.

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