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.