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Final Fantasy X: Suteki da ne - Rikki :: Review by Sitorimon

Final Fantasy X: Suteki da ne - Rikki Album Title: Final Fantasy X: Suteki da ne - Rikki
Record Label: DigiCube (1st Edition); Square Enix (Reprint)
Catalog No.: SSCX-10053; SQEX-10029
Release Date: July 18, 2001; July 22, 2004
Purchase: Buy at CDJapan


"Suteki da ne" is the vocal theme of Final Fantasy X and is sung by Rikki. The song is a ballad with a swaying beat, an absolutely fantastic violin solo (which actually differs from the soundtrack version of the song, and in my opinion is far better), and a completely unique vocal talent from Rikki. The vocals she provides are very high-pitched and have a slight nasal effect, which is either good or bad depending on whether you like that or not. Apart from that, it's a magnificent song start to finish.

Normally, we are only treated to one new song on a single, but here Rikki pushes the boat out and gives us two! "The Moon" is a song of Rikki's for piano and vocals. It's very original in its concept and, if you like Rikki's voice, you'll adore this song, especially the heartbreaking chorus parts. It's an extremely timid and sad song, but has elegance to it as well.

"Pure Heart" is the big surprise here. With lyrics penned by Emiko Shiratori, the voice of Final Fantasy IX, Rikki fronts a Celtic version of Final Fantasy VII's "Aerith Theme". Rikki's voice either makes it or ruins it, depending on what you think when she goes ever so slightly off key at times. The rendition for me, however, is a lovely adaptation of the theme. Surely other singles should do this too! To round of the album quite nicely is the instrumental version of "Suteki da ne".

To be fair, this is not going to be to everyone's taste. Rikki's voice is so distinct that, if you don't like it, you'll be driven up the wall. However, if it's for you, then I suggest you snap this single up very quickly indeed!

Overall Score: 9/10