I just finished making my way through my Q109 soundtrack order, and I was really impressed with both the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time OST and the Sonic World Adventure OST. The former nearly makes up for the boring Ring of Fates OST while the latter is amazingly vibrant. Both come highly recommended.
The former nearly makes up for the boring Ring of Fates OST
I agree with you on this one. I was really disappointed with Tanioka's choice to make Ring of Fates more dramatic and orchestral. It was nothing close to the original FFCC. Fortunately Echoes of Time brings back some exotic and celtic elements, and I really enjoyed it.
Sonic World Adventure OST definitely is a step up from Sonic the Hedgehog for PS3 in my opinion. Mainly thanks to the heavy contribution and quality by Fumiya Kumatani, Wavemaster's darkhorse. Hideaki Kobayashi also tore it up on Sonic World Adventure like I've never heard him tear it up before. I actually got pretty sick of his style after all the PSO soundtracks, but his boss and Eggman themes on this soundtrack simply rock.
While we're on the subject, I thought the Sonic Rush Adventure OST for DS was quite good, despite coming through the disappoint that Naganuma didn't come back for the second one.
- Justin Pfeiffer