Review Saturday: Florence + The Machine – "Stand By Me"

Florence + The Machine
“Stand By Me”
Songs From Final Fantasy XV
Island
The road to Final Fantasy XV is a long and winding one. Initially developed as a spin-off of universally hated-but-loved Final Fantasy XIII in 2006, the latest addition of the Square Enix’s most lucrative series finally sees the light in 2012 when it’s rebranded as Final Fantasy XV that we all know. Square Enix has been all out in building fortification of anticipation for the game, by releasing several demos, animeanimated movie that looks gorgeous. and of course a mellifluous music from Florence + The Machine.
“Stand By Me” is actually first used as the music for the trailer of the game back in March which flaunts the picturesque view of Final Fantasy XV’s world. Now that the game is less than two months away, Island decides to release the song officially, with the addition of two more songs: “I Will Be” and “Too Much Is Never Enough”. All songs bring the best in Welch, but it’s still “Stand By Me” that gives me chill. Welch transforms Ben E. King’s 1961’s hits into a haunting and hallowing ballad, matching the overall theme of the Final Fantasy XV. With an orchestral composition, “Stand By Me” feels grand and extravagant, once again matching Noctis’ life as a royal family, yet sorrowful. But amidst the cacophonous violin, Welch wails, “Darling, stand by me!” in the most heartbreaking way, like a drowning person who gasps for air, over and over until the end the song. Again, it’s matching Noctis’ life, even if he must escape and fight, he knows that his comrades are always there for him, and that’s all what he needs to know.
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