Freezepop's Fashion Impression Function was great to listen to. I really liked Lazy and Shark Attack as well as Tenisu No Boifurendo (Komodo Mix). Overall a very cool and chill album. Next was also Fancy Ultra Fresh by Freezepop which I also enjoyed. Duct Tape My Heart, Outer Space, and Bike Thief were highlights for me. After having been introduced to them through the awesomeness that is Amplitude I am sure to be coming back for more listening to Freezepop.
I also recently added a good deal of Frou Frou to my stuff. I stumbled over Frou Frou after having seen an AMV for Rahxephon that was to Must Be Dreaming. After having heard Must Be Dreaming and the utterly ethereal feel infused with a tinge of nostalgia to something you're not sure, I was sold. I realized after getting the album that Let Go had been in that Garden State movie, it's an ok track that did not particularly stick out to me personally from the album. The real treasures I found on the album Details was of course Must Be Dreaming, as well as Breathe In. Must Be Dreaming is just amazing, but I already touched on that. Breathe In is a relaxing affair that feels like it skips along and you don't particularly want it to end. It's Good To Be In Love also stuck out to me for some reason, so worth mentioning although I don't have any definite impressions of it.
The Breathe In single remixes as well as what I'm assuming is a B-side, Close Up, were awesome as well. Like I said the thing about Breathe in was that you feel like if the track was even a little longer it would be even better. Well that is exactly what the remixes do, extending it while adding in some arrangement altering and adding in some other instrument tracks. The Watkins Mix Full Version is pretty awesome, but all of the remixes have their individual rights to being awesome and each have a unique reason to want to go back to listen to it again. Which I think speaks for each of them in that as a remix of something you already know you would have an inclination to listen to the remix particularly because of something unique in just that remix.
Getting back on schedule I moved on to the last of the Final Fantasy album chunks, I think there are some piano styled albums later on with Final Fantasy material. Final Fantasy 7 was pretty good, I try to not let the nostalgia factor change my opinion from purely objective. Of course games seem more magic and amazing when you reflect back on them, but as I've played more and more RPGs FF7 was put into perspective and really isn't as amazing as most put it up to be. Now that doesn't have anything to do with the soundtrack, so on to the actual thoughts of that.
The soundtrack jumps around from tracks that are really good, to above average songs, with only a few mediocre or average. Naturally the Final Fantasy Prelude is lovingly portrayed in this rendition of the game, followed by the Opening: Bombing Mission which expertly sets the stages for the game. Anxious Hearts is a great track which sets such a sense of exactly that, anxious and waiting for something...but what exactly? Tifa's theme is a nice soft piece that really helped portray her as a sister figure to Cloud, they grew up together and understood each other. Now the Fighting track is just so awesome, the metal clanging reminds me of Xenogears a bit and I could just imagine the beeps and noises from moving around the battle menus, same goes for Still More Fighting. Now Tracks like Holding My Thoughts in My Heart, FF VII Main Theme, Interrupted By Fireworks, and Aerith's Theme are what make it for me on this soundtrack. Different feeling but still amazing are also Weapon Raid, Highwind Takes to the Skies, as well as The Nightmare's Beginning and On That Day, 5 Years Ago. Reflecting back on this soundtrack it is a really good one, I feel though that the high level of nostalgia associated with each track may be a good and a bad thing. I'm not sure how much of my appreciation of the tracks are for the fact that I've spent over 200 hours on the given game, or the track is really that good.
Next came Snow Patrol's Final Straw which I actually really enjoyed. This came recommended from a friend, hadn't heard of them otherwise aside from being mentioned occasionally in the media. For some reason they remind me of a softer Foo Fighters, or rather not as aggressive as some of the Foo Fighter's stuff. This is a good thing since I'm a big fan of Dave Grohl's stuff. The whole album of Final Straw was a treat to listen to, a definite "must be heard all at once" kinda thing.
Next came Nine Inch Nail's Fixed, man do I absolutely love remixes of NIN material. The songs off of Broken were sweet, to be remixed into ambient/industrial/awesomeness then it's like turning an already great trip into something better. Every single track is sweet, again listening to long tracks like this you can NEVER listen to like 3 minutes and make up your mind. What always seems to happen to me is you find that one hook halfway or so through a song, then keep coming back to hear that one hook, or one sample cause it was so awesome. Once you do that then you proceed to find another, then another, that is when you realize the song really is awesome.