Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – “Seven Sisters High School A” (ATLUS)

April 25, 2010
“Seven Sisters High School A” is a nice easy listening piece from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (2000) with smooth acoustic guitar and piano with a nice cello midline. The guitar lays the foundation as a rolling baseline while the piano layers on top like butterflies floating in air or water trickling down a stream. It’s slightly nostalgic. The dark underside of the world is forgotten as sunlight streams through the classroom windows to create a place of peace and learning. The track is divided into four parts, first an intro with a hollow wooden ‘pong’. The other three sections are defined more by changes in the texture of the guitar than the overlying piano melody, which smoothly transitions between segments.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – “Seven Sisters High School A” (ATLUS)
My brother has insisted that there really aren’t many good tracks in the Persona 2 soundtrack, but this one is certainly worth the listen. The game was composed by a number of people, directed by Toshiko Tasaki, who has been working with the Persona series since the mid-90s, Kenichi Tsuchiya (Shin Megami Tensei III, Persona III FES), and Masaki Kurokawa. There are also two Persona 2 games, though the first has not been released officially in the US (oddly enough, I have a copy of Innocent Sin). The US version goes for quite a bit now, but ultimately 3 and 4 are much better titles.

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