NieR Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139… Chorus Arrange Album Music Review

Music for the whole Deny series should be described as nothing less than legendary. Each song written by composer Keiichi Okabe is filled with passion and love and has an identity of its own. Anyone familiar with soundtracks, however, knows that the vocal tracks stand out the most as a true highlight.

In the original version Deny, words are powerful. The soundtrack reflects this well, to the point that vocalist Emi Evans had to essentially create new languages ​​derived from those of the real world to create a unique feel that proves that vocals have emotional weight and are as powerful as anyone. what instrument, even when you can’t. understand the words.

The NieR Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139…Choir Arrangement Album only has ten songs in its tracklist, but each of the songs on this album gets as much love and attention as the originals. Each track has a unique sound and contains compelling performances even without the video game context. Listening to this album regularly, I closed my eyes and lost myself in the beautiful voice of each song, which made the 46 minutes of music pass very quickly. Although it is a choir album, there is instrumentation in several songs. The chorus is the main focus (of course), and the instrumentation exists to enhance the vocals. However, a few songs are completely a capella and contain no instruments, “Song of the Ancients” being one. In truth, the instrumentation is nothing special. The choir is so good that I often forgot that some songs even had instrumentation!

The choice of track is pretty much a “Deny Greatest Hits”, ranging from “Snow in Summer” to “The Wretched Automatons” and even “Ashes of Dreams” at the end. The musical style varies from being almost heavenly in “Song of the Ancients” to “The Wretched Automatons” with its heavy emphasis on bass sounds, perfectly replicating the feel of the original but also giving the song a heavy metal feel. . I mean that in a more literal sense of metal and not of musical genre. It is something that must be heard to be understood.

Another element of this album that I particularly like is how the song titles work so well with the songs themselves that someone who hasn’t played the game would still get a feel for the song without other context. With video game music, it has to adapt to the current situation. Every once in a while you get a rare treat like Denyin which the music perfectly encapsulates a feeling that transcends this need for context and portrays a feeling using only the music.

If it’s not obvious at this point, I love this album with all my being. It manages to be a great album in all the right ways and even in some ways that frankly didn’t have to be. It could have been a simple album made to please Deny fans, and while that’s good, it’s so much more when consumed on its own merits. Do yourself a favor and get this album. I can promise you that you won’t regret it.

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