Each character, each town has it's own song to set it apart. Gods thank Yasunori Mitsuda and the Two Disc Xenogears OST. (Oh and let's not forget Creid, Creid kicks all the kids around the schoolyard and then laughs at them.. BUT WITH OCARINAS AND PERCUSSIONS!)
However in Xenosaga I.. the music sort of left me lacking. The two image songs were certainly no "Small of Two Pieces" or "Star of Tears". Granted they were gorgeous songs and they perhaps fit the storyline for the time since alot of the game was on Shion and her
Now Xenosaga II. I know there was ALOT of people that did not like Yuki Kaijura's musical direction toward Xenosaga.. But it was excellent. I heard the Main Theme first and it was the song that got me to go, "DAMN I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS GAME" (Along with uzukisaru fanfagging Jin). It is the perfect combination of slow and fast. The chanting is definitely an energizer and you find yourself bobbing your head in response to it. Build up and Climax. My love for the music only heightened when I heard Jin's song. In Xenogears, Citan/Hyuga's song is Valley Where the Wind is Born and it cues up when you enter the yard to the Uzuki Residence. But essentially it is just the Uzuki song I think.. (I have a lovely OC remix where they use pianos and violins.. truly elegant). Well in XSII, Jin's song cues up.. and I squeal because it involves... SPANISH GUITARS. (Why do I have the feeling that Squaresoft and Monolith took everything I liked in bishounen and created Citan and Jin for me to fanfag over? I think so). Jin and Margulis's fight song was a remix of the Main Theme.. and Sweet Song the Ending Theme was beautiful as well.. giving you a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention the lyrics were poignant and could of applied to any character relationship in the game. (Unlike Small of Two Pieces which you got the feeling was almost solely a Fei/Elly song unless you made it otherwise).
Xenosaga I: B-
Xenosaga II: A
I am not hoping to be impressed by the next game's music, but I would like it if they kept Kaijura as the composer. Oh gods I hope. *crosses fingers*