Persona 4 Soundtrack Endurance Run!

Hey guys and girls how are you all? Enjoy the GDC coverage and news? I was going to blog about some of the stuff coming from GDC. Specifically OnLive and why I can't see it working out the way the creators seem to think it will. But instead I've opted for something else, something less negative.....

If you happened to be paying attention to my Twitter feed (link to follow me) last night you'll have seen I mentioned I was listening to the entire soundtrack for Persona 4. In fact some of you who are already following me (link again if you missed it) expressed some mixed emotions over me doing this. Below are a few tweets I received from folks about this....

LordofUltima@Hamzini You're fucking sick. A SICK BASTARD.
LordAndrew@Hamzini Nothing wrong with that.
MattyFTM@Hamzini Nothing is wrong with you. Or everything is wrong with you. I can't decide.

Just a few of the replies and as you can see there was clearly a mixed response. At first I wasn't sure why, was it because the soundtrack is that bad? Or was it because people were shocked I was listening to a soundtrack for a game they didn't like? I couldn't decide. So I soldiered on and clicked play.

Now would probably be a good time to set a few things straight. And by straight I mean I like girls, the younger the better....wait ignore that, scrap that last piece from your memory. Anyway I should point out I am a big fan of video game, and movie, soundtracks. Always have been ever since playing Final Fantasy 7 and hearing the 'One Winged Angel' theme for Sephiroth. And for me personally I find my enjoyment for a game can be intensified if the soundtrack and music within it is good. Like Bionic Commando Rearmed for example, amazing soundtrack in that game. I would happily say it’s got one of the best soundtracks in a game, ever.

With the Persona 4 soundtrack I found myself instantly imagining Japanese schoolgirls dressed as cats in a club listening to this sort of music. I mean that was honestly my first thought when hearing some of the early tracks. The music is just really positive and somewhat addictive to listen too. Sort of like the game seems to be actually. I mean for all its JRPG merits, who doesn't want to play Persona 4 so they can get it on with Chie? Admit it, you've thought about it. We all have.

Obviously being the soundtrack for a Japanese RPG means there is some J-Pop in it. Some more obvious than others I'd say. And I have to admit I am not that big a fan of J-Pop, but in this case I wasn't bothered by it at all. I really found myself enjoying the more Japanese aspects to the music. Just because it was a lot more different and in a pleasant way. A lot of the soundtrack is very relaxing, laid back and soothing to listen too. I got a really positive vibe out of it.

There are some really emotive songs in the soundtrack. Most made me feel somewhat happy and relaxed while there are a few darker, perhaps more depressing tracks on the list. But they are few and far between and I think it balances it out a little, Persona 4 doesn't look like a game that is entirely all smiles and laughs, I'm sure there are darker moments.

My favourite tracks would have to be 'Reach out for the Truth' and 'Backside of the TV' which I found insanely catchy and at one point had me humming along to it as I listened. In fact as I type this I have it playing now. And that’s the beauty of this games soundtrack I think. It is just so utterly pleasant and relaxed. A lot of music in games tends to be long dramatic orchestral scores that have you imagining epic battles or adrenaline rushing heavy metal which makes you want to smash and stab things. Persona 4 sort of has this blend of genuinely calming and addictive music that really suits the game.

I could go on, but I'll try and keep this short and just say this about the soundtrack. Buy it. You know that transaction of money for a service or item(s)? Yeah that one. Go do it now; even if you haven't played Persona 4, like me, you can still appreciate the fine music this game has to offer. And who knows maybe like me you'll be flirting with the idea of buying a PS2 and a copy of the game just so you can experience funky student and fox first hand. And walk in the steps of Vinny and Jeff.

Also if you haven't done so already, follow me on Twitter. A link to my profile on Twitter can be found here, here and in my about me section which can be found here.

No Hamz blog is complete without a random and totally unrelated image at the end....

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Edited by Hamz

Hey guys and girls how are you all? Enjoy the GDC coverage and news? I was going to blog about some of the stuff coming from GDC. Specifically OnLive and why I can't see it working out the way the creators seem to think it will. But instead I've opted for something else, something less negative.....

If you happened to be paying attention to my Twitter feed (link to follow me) last night you'll have seen I mentioned I was listening to the entire soundtrack for Persona 4. In fact some of you who are already following me (link again if you missed it) expressed some mixed emotions over me doing this. Below are a few tweets I received from folks about this....

LordofUltima@Hamzini You're fucking sick. A SICK BASTARD.
LordAndrew@Hamzini Nothing wrong with that.
MattyFTM@Hamzini Nothing is wrong with you. Or everything is wrong with you. I can't decide.

Just a few of the replies and as you can see there was clearly a mixed response. At first I wasn't sure why, was it because the soundtrack is that bad? Or was it because people were shocked I was listening to a soundtrack for a game they didn't like? I couldn't decide. So I soldiered on and clicked play.

Now would probably be a good time to set a few things straight. And by straight I mean I like girls, the younger the better....wait ignore that, scrap that last piece from your memory. Anyway I should point out I am a big fan of video game, and movie, soundtracks. Always have been ever since playing Final Fantasy 7 and hearing the 'One Winged Angel' theme for Sephiroth. And for me personally I find my enjoyment for a game can be intensified if the soundtrack and music within it is good. Like Bionic Commando Rearmed for example, amazing soundtrack in that game. I would happily say it’s got one of the best soundtracks in a game, ever.

With the Persona 4 soundtrack I found myself instantly imagining Japanese schoolgirls dressed as cats in a club listening to this sort of music. I mean that was honestly my first thought when hearing some of the early tracks. The music is just really positive and somewhat addictive to listen too. Sort of like the game seems to be actually. I mean for all its JRPG merits, who doesn't want to play Persona 4 so they can get it on with Chie? Admit it, you've thought about it. We all have.

Obviously being the soundtrack for a Japanese RPG means there is some J-Pop in it. Some more obvious than others I'd say. And I have to admit I am not that big a fan of J-Pop, but in this case I wasn't bothered by it at all. I really found myself enjoying the more Japanese aspects to the music. Just because it was a lot more different and in a pleasant way. A lot of the soundtrack is very relaxing, laid back and soothing to listen too. I got a really positive vibe out of it.

There are some really emotive songs in the soundtrack. Most made me feel somewhat happy and relaxed while there are a few darker, perhaps more depressing tracks on the list. But they are few and far between and I think it balances it out a little, Persona 4 doesn't look like a game that is entirely all smiles and laughs, I'm sure there are darker moments.

My favourite tracks would have to be 'Reach out for the Truth' and 'Backside of the TV' which I found insanely catchy and at one point had me humming along to it as I listened. In fact as I type this I have it playing now. And that’s the beauty of this games soundtrack I think. It is just so utterly pleasant and relaxed. A lot of music in games tends to be long dramatic orchestral scores that have you imagining epic battles or adrenaline rushing heavy metal which makes you want to smash and stab things. Persona 4 sort of has this blend of genuinely calming and addictive music that really suits the game.

I could go on, but I'll try and keep this short and just say this about the soundtrack. Buy it. You know that transaction of money for a service or item(s)? Yeah that one. Go do it now; even if you haven't played Persona 4, like me, you can still appreciate the fine music this game has to offer. And who knows maybe like me you'll be flirting with the idea of buying a PS2 and a copy of the game just so you can experience funky student and fox first hand. And walk in the steps of Vinny and Jeff.

Also if you haven't done so already, follow me on Twitter. A link to my profile on Twitter can be found here, here and in my about me section which can be found here.

No Hamz blog is complete without a random and totally unrelated image at the end....

Sadly though this image is so awesome it refuses to show in full size HQ. So click here to see it in said HQ!

Posted by LordAndrew

I'm just one step away from getting it on with Chie. You heard it here first!

Posted by StarFoxA

I can't find a link to your Twitter feed anywhere. Too bad; if I could find it, I might start following you.

Edited by Disgaeamad

Great blog, broseph. The soundtrack is definitely one of my favourites, as it manages to create a great balance between upbeat, depressing and downright epic songs.

I placed my order a few days ago, hopingthat it arrives tomorrow. Definitely money well spent.

Also, I totally banged Chie. Or at least, that's what I've led myself to believe!

Posted by Jayge_

I'm a Yukiko man myself.


The soundtrack is interesting. I haven't listened to the entire thing. I find it strange that you are listening to the soundtrack for a PS2 game, PC boy.
Posted by Manachild

I'm with Jayge, i courted Yukiko to full social link rank. Now i'm being a manwhore and working on Rise lol.

But no, the game is great.... and there are other great jrpgs you could play if you got a ps2. Persona 3 fes is great too, there are also other SMT games for you to try out. Sony just dropped the ps2 price again, if they do that for europe too it might be a good time to get a slim.
Posted by StarFoxA
Manachild said:
"I'm with Jayge, i courted Yukiko to full social link rank. Now i'm being a manwhore and working on Rise lol.
But no, the game is great.... and there are other great jrpgs you could play if you got a ps2. Persona 3 fes is great too, there are also other SMT games for you to try out. Sony just dropped the ps2 price again, if they do that for europe too it might be a good time to get a slim.
"
I'm among the 2 or 3 people in the US that still have to buy a PS2.
Posted by LordAndrew
StarFoxA said:
"Manachild said:
"I'm with Jayge, i courted Yukiko to full social link rank. Now i'm being a manwhore and working on Rise lol.
But no, the game is great.... and there are other great jrpgs you could play if you got a ps2. Persona 3 fes is great too, there are also other SMT games for you to try out. Sony just dropped the ps2 price again, if they do that for europe too it might be a good time to get a slim.
"
I'm among the 2 or 3 people in the US that still have to buy a PS2."
$99! Buy now!
Posted by StarFoxA
LordAndrew said:
"$99! Buy now!"
As soon as I get money.
Posted by MetalGearSunny

If I had a dollar for every link in that blog.........


....and I can't believe you liked it!
Posted by HandsomeDead

I too really like the soundtrack to Persona 4. The thing which I like most, which has been mentioned, is the amount of different tones and genres of music featured and yet it all still gels. One thing though, does anyone have a link to the lyrics? I can tell the battle song is in English but I can't work out what's being said and also, in the song which is usually playing in the school, is it actually saying 'You're special' over and over again or is it just my tin ear?

Posted by Hamz

Google search brought this site up which seems to have lyrics to a lot of the songs. Dunno if it's any use to you or not....

Link

Edited by License_To_Bill

I really like this soundtrack, too. My favorite is Aria of the Soul for whatever reason. I also wish the Junes Theme could be put onto a small chip and inserted into my brain so that it's always playing.

I don't like Reach Out to the Truth so much, just because it plays in almost every single battle and I'm so tired of it.

HandsomeDead said:

"is it actually saying 'You're special' over and over again or is it just my tin ear?"
The name of the song is "Your Affection," so I think it's that.

Posted by Kush

Your twitter "whoreness" is quite saddening to me, but I must say that I do love the OST for Persona 4...I personally love "Game", which is the music for a specific dungeon (that I also love) in the game.

Posted by Red

It's a nice soundtrack. I'm a big fan of the first and last two tracks.

Posted by MattyFTM

A Hamz blog that doesn't begin with "It's been a long since I last blogged", It's a miracle!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Rowr

-1 for dual twitter references.

Posted by Kombat

I went with Rise.  Oh yeah, I love that pop idol thing. 

I should really get the soundtrack.  I wish it was on iTunes.

Posted by Agent_Lost

the soundtrack is good, loved the end credit theme.

Also I'm a  Yukiko Amagi, I can not do a party with out her. She was my girlfriend in the first run and she still is in my second run. I tried to go with Rise Kujikawa but still went back to Yukiko.
Damn, I play to much of this game, I can spell the character full name without look it out. Let see... Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, hmm can't remember Kanji full name and I don't care about Naoto.