Soundtrack Review: Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV

Soundtrack Review: Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV by John R. Graham & Yoko Shimomura.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 39.7
Album Excellence: 58.3%

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a 2016 Japanese 3D animated feature film directed by Takeshi Nozue and starring Aaron Paul, Lena Headey & Sean Bean. The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but the menacing empire of Niflheim will stop at nothing to make it theirs. War has raged between the two for as long as most can remember. King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers dubbed the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx Ulric and his fellow glaives stand before the crown city of Insomnia, fighting to stay the inexorable advance of Niflheim’s imperial army. Before the overwhelming military might of the empire, King Regis can only salvage his kingdom by accepting an ultimatum-he must cede all lands outside the crown city, and see his son, Prince Noctis, wed to Lady Lunafreya, the former princess of Tenebrae now captive of Niflheim. As the war of wills rages, the machinations of Niflheim transform Insomnia into an awe-inspiring battleground, pulling Nyx into a struggle for the very survival of the kingdom. The score is composed by John R. Graham and Yoko Shimomura.

The Final Fantasy franchise is huge and consists of literally hundreds of releases including video games, soundtracks and movies. This one isn’t a game which is what most of the Final Fantasy franchise consists of. This is a new highly realistic 3d animated film. I remember “The Spirits Within”, a movie which sadly bombed. It was very ambitious featuring some big name voice actors and a fantastic score by Elliot Goldenthal. I hope this one succeeds and the score is just as good. The score opens with ‘Prologue’ by Yoko Shimomura. Final Fantasy fans must excuse me because I have very little knowledge of this series apart from “The Spirits Within”. I don’t need to be a fan to enjoy ‘Prologue’ though, a beautiful and spiritual piece with some vocals as well. If this is what the score will sound like, then enjoyment will be had all around. John R. Graham might be new to the franchise. I have no idea if that’s true, but I know that they usually hire Japanese composers for the games. His first cue ‘Under Siege’ is fast-paced action piece. It’s fun although maybe a bit generic. ‘Diamond Weapon’ is more action, but at this point I’m more interested in the beautiful “epic” kind of scoring I heard in ‘Prologue’ unless the action music takes it up a notch.

I enjoy cues like ‘Ill Tidings’ more than the action cues. I think it just sounds better in my ears. Shimomura delivers again with ‘Luna’ and he seems to be consistently delivering the goods. When Graham does this as well, it works. I don’t know, the action music just doesn’t “click” for me as it should. There’s a few exceptions though. I feel ‘Missing Princess’ works well and it gets me fired up. Same with ‘Battle For The Crown City’. I have no reference point for Final Fantasy so I don’t know if a Final Fantasy score is supposed to sound this way, but it’s a very solid modern action score.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Prologue
7. Ill Tidings
8. Haunted
9. Luna
10. In The Line Of Duty
11. Missing Princess
17. Our Hope Goes With You
18. The General And The King
20. King Of Lucis
21. Battle For The Crown City
22. At Stuggle’s End
23. A Promise To Keep
24. Nyx
25. Apocalypsis Noctis

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Soundtrack Review: Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV, 10.0 out of 10 based on 6 ratings

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