Music to My Ears: Battle With Seymour


Seymour-Omnis-Battle-Screenshot

Today represents a bit of a change for Music to My Ears — I’m going to make it a weekly feature and focus more on individual songs than entire soundtracks (although there will be exceptions). I figure there’s way too much music to cover and I’ll never get to it all before I die.

With us getting internet back recently, I finally had the chance to pick up a few OSTs that I’d been waiting to get my hands on: Pokemon X/Y, Link Between Worlds, Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies, etc. But there was something else I was keeping an eye on, and that’s the remastered soundtrack from the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD rerelease. We’re supposed to finally get the game in March, but it released in Japan the day after Christmas, so the music’s already out there.

I’ve seen a lot of people bitching about any number of things on the remake, but the one I really don’t understand is the remastered music. I get that some people simply don’t like the new arrangements, and that’s their prerogative. What I don’t get is why having two choices instead of one is EVER a bad thing. If you like the original soundtrack from a decade ago that much, go shove some earbuds in your aural cavities and leave the rest of us be. It’s not like that music ceases to exist now.

“Seymour Battle” is a rarity on my music list: it’s a song that has withstood the test of time. I can honestly say that if I looked at a playlist of 100+ songs from a decade ago, when I was a freshman in college, a handful of songs at most would still be something I would listen to today. But Seymour Battle is still among my most played tunes on the list.

So you can imagine my excitement about an updated track with better instruments. Hell, about the only complaint I have about the entire thing is that there’s synth in the opening instead of an awesome live choir — everything else is great. If you can’t enjoy the part starting at 1:10, I’m not convinced you have a soul.

Battle With Seymour

Music to My Ears covers soundtracks or individual songs from video games every Tuesday. You can view all posts in the series by clicking here.

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5 responses to “Music to My Ears: Battle With Seymour

  1. It is a real shame that Seymour was such a terrible character. To me, he felt like a complete throwaway who started off intimidating and then just sort of fell entirely to the side.

    His song is good though. You’re right!

    • Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of Seymour either. Between that and the awful final battle (and HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA), there are some things about X that leave a bad taste in my mouth. Shame.

      • I hated it when I first played it, but looking back on X, it has become one of my favorites in time. I think that’s largely due to the ballsy conclusion of the story though, and not anything else of any real note.

  2. There’s so many good songs on the soundtrack for FFX, and they’ve done a nice job remastering the majority of the songs/giving them a new twist. They have however (IMO) ruined Wandering, which was my favourite song on the soundtrack…and possibly my favourite song from a Final Fantasy game full stop.

    I approve if this becomes a weekly feature!

    • Thanks! I’ll admit, I think Wandering is the song I’ve seen most frequently mentioned as a disappointing remake. Then again, the remastered OST is a huge step up for some other songs like Auron’s Theme. As always, it’s different strokes for different folks — but the way I see it, now listeners have two choices to pick from.

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