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Final Fantasy XIII OST PLUS: Exclusive English Liner Notes and Commentary

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I had a hunch when I was reviewing the Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack -PLUS- album that just listening to the album wasn’t really giving me the full story. The tracks were oftentimes quite similar to their final version counterparts, and I figured the lengthy liner notes and track-by-track commentary written by Masashi Hamauzu in the album’s booklet probably provided the necessary insight to truly appreciate what this CD had to offer. Unfortunately the text was only available in Japanese. That is, until now.

We went about contacting Square Enix’s music department to see if they’d be willing to allow us to publish an English translation of the album’s liner notes and commentary, and they agreed that doing so would probably help fans in the West understand the album better. So here they are, courtesy of Square Enix Japan. We have Hamauzu’s commentary for each track on the album, and I think Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack -PLUS- will make much more sense after reading them.

Read the full commentary and liner notes after the jump.