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Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Original Soundtrack :: Review by FuryofFrog

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Original Soundtrack Album Title: Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Original Soundtrack
Record Label: Atlus
Catalog No.: Promotional
Release Date: August 14, 2007
Purchase: Buy at eBay


Well aware that Shoji Meguro is a star, Atlus decided to include a bonus soundtrack with the American release of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. It features 18 specially selected tracks from the import release. There are many tracks featured in Persona 3 so it was challenging to find the right ones. Can picking a few songs really match up to the entire soundtrack? Lets see...

Track-by-Track Reviews

Disc One

1) Burn My Dread

The introduction to this soundtrack is a pretty bold one. "Burn My Dread" starts off with some really wicked guitar chords that kick you into a really groovy mood. Punctuated vocals mellow out the entire song while maintaining the grooviness. When the refrain chimes in, the piece becomes plain unbearable though. Hearing the lady belting out "I WILL BURN MY DREAD" is just plain annoying and really detracted from the experience. At least some powerful brass bolster up the track in this area. As it finally descends to the final section, the piece suddenly becomes bearable to listen to again. (6/10)

2) Aria of the Soul

"Aria of the Soul" contrasts itself completely from the first song. It starts with a beautiful piano introduction and some increasingly intense strings. Not far in, an operatic voice introduces the melody. As the song continues and more strings are introduced, it becomes even richer and fuller to listen to. This track continues to be a staple of the Persona series and I'm glad that a rendition of this song made it here. (10/10)

3) Want To Be Close

Happy times people! "Want To Be Close" is incredibly upbeat and has a really happy tone to it. One cannot help but think of sunny days and flowers when listening to it. The vocals are really nice as well and add to the cheeriness. The only problem here is from the 40 second mark where any trace of the melody disappear and an annoying beat continually drums away. The piano rejoins once in a while, but I feel like a lot of the piece is really just white noise. (5/10)

4) Shadow

Bombastic trumpets are brought in here to ensure that this piece is very epic in scope. The piano rattles away quickly to give a brisk pace to the music. Then silence. The hip-hop beat once again rears its head and is incorporated into a unique blend of electronic and classical music. I was really impressed to hear how well everything meshed together here. (10/10)

5) Unavoidable Battle

Now here is some classic Meguro if I have ever heard it. Highly distorted guitars blare off from the start and make the battle feel extremely evident. The guitar work is very impressive and well done. Classic drum kit crashes and snare pounds add to the heavy metal feel. (9/10)

6) When The Moon Reaches For The Stars

One sort of needs to listen closely to notice, but this track is a repurposing of "Burn My Dread". The other lyrics have been completely dropped and replaced with different lyrics. The beat has been sped up and more electronica elements have been thrown in for good measure. (7/10)

7) Iwatodai Dorm

There is an explicit hip-hop vibe brought out of the woodwork here. Trumpets and some occasional violin work strengthen the song. When the lyrics bust through the wall of sound, the piece loses its way a bit. That's due to the incomprehensible sounds of the man who is trying to rap; one cannot help but notice that his voice sounds unnaturally deep here as well. Very mediocre. (6/10)

8) Mass Destruction

More J-Rap! The song seems to have a lot of potential with awesome big band style trumpets blasting and some cool guitar work. However, the song is dragged down once again by incomprehensible Japanese rapping fused with some of the female vocals from "Want To Be Close". There is a certain amount of grooviness here but again so much wasted potential. (6/10)

9) Deep Breath

An industrial electronica style is belted out for the first 15 seconds of this track. Shortly afterwards, the J-Rapper man shows up to infuse us with his own definition of cool. Highly distorted and out of tune ladies start wailing in the background as the J-Rapper continues his shtick. The songs featuring hip hop and rapping are getting a lot more interesting and strong thanks to the blending. (8/10)

10) Master of Shadow

More industrial styled electronica is sampled here. The first 40 seconds are very intense with a low electronica grumble. Techno samples come out of the woodwork and are joined by soft female humming. The track then thickens up with some distorted guitars to bring back the industrial influence. (7/10)

11) Changing Seasons

The second half of the soundtrack is also bold. It sounds a lot like 1970s electronica and over time more trumpet is thrown in. Clearly Meguro was feeling retro sentiments while composing this song. The vocals are here just sufficient to strike a balance between being very pleasant and annoying. Thankfully they lean more to the pleasant side. (8/10)

12) Basement

The jungle feeling returns in a very strange way here. The drums maintain a very intense and wicked beat while a distorted guitar brings some flavor to the piece. Unfortunately, the piece falls apart under the extremely processed sound created when the lead melody is taken by anything other than the violin. (6/10)

13) Living With Determination

The sadness emanated here makes this one a gem on the disc. Piano once more drives the piece and pieces of "Burn My Dread" are heard throughout in a different key. The background sounds further cement the sorrow created by the piano and the brass makes it feel all the more epic. (8/10)

14) Memories of the City

The piece begins with a very light synthy intro that gives way to a beautiful piano melody. As the piano begins to ring out softly and slowly, some mellow guitar work and very soothing percussion is added. The piano then takes a back seat to a lead guitar for a while and then switches place once more. (9/10)

15) Battle Hymn of the Soul

"Battle Hymn of the Soul" is a surprising high-octane remix of "Aria of the Soul". The original arrangement of the song was so powerful that almost any other version would have been deemed a tragedy. This is not so here. Guitars create an almost angry feeling while low brass and strings fuel the fire. The song becomes much faster and has the power of a shotgun behind it. When the piano blares and delivers the melody, it brings back the beauty of the original in a different setting. The female vocals sound a bit out of place with the guitar but, after the strings kick back in, any doubts about the song's preservation go away. A truly worthy remake. (10/10)

16) Burn My Dread -Last Battle-

Oh the infernal refrain from the original version of the song starts off this rendition. Thankfully there is something other than the refrain, but unfortunately it comes in the form of underwhelming Japanese rapping. The song is really repetitious and still earns my ire every second I spend listening to it. It's mainly crash cymbals, a barely audible guitar, and some ridiculous rap riddled throughout. (3/10)

17) Enduring Bonds

This song is comprised of the parts of "Burn My Dread" which were not annoying. It's been repurposed with an emphasis on strings and sounds much better as a result. (7/10)

18) Memories of You

This is the closest the album gets to real J-Pop. All of the elements of "Joy" are here but retold with Japanese lyrics. It features hands down the strongest vocal performance on the entire album. This arrangement is quite wonderful with trumpets and other additions keeping the theme interesting. (10/10)


This disc is a complete surprise. For newcomers of the series, some of the best of Persona 3 is represented here. For people who are familiar Persona, this album will provide plenty to tide you over. It's certainly a more consistent listen and most of the album's main tracks are there. The selections are picked amazingly well and only serve to bolster the reputation of the Megaten series. Those who bought the game and feel dissatisfied with the free album could always import the full release as well.

Overall Score: 8/10