-One big thing is I think the FFVIII tracks have longer loops before they start repeating than those on the VII OST, so they probably have a potential to last longer before they get repetitive. There are also a lot more tracks that start with an "intro" that's only played for the first loop and never again. FFVIII's soundtrack tends to have a lot of such introes.
-I've tried to figure out what it is about it, but now I think I know why I love it so much. FFVIII's soundtrack uses a lot of chromatics patterns. If you don't know what that means look it up, but basically a lot of stuff with half notes, and I love anything with that. It would be hard to talk about certain parts of certain songs in just typing. But for instance "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec", I can't think of a single song on the FFVII soundtrack which I like better than that. As far as Chromatics go on that... well, here, I'll use youtube to talk about certain aspects:
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0:33-35, those four notes I think pretty much sum up the feel I get from a lot of the songs on VIII's OST.
Also, the whole part from 0:42 to 0:59 is what I mean by the chromatics, as well as other parts in the rest of the song. I can't think of anything on the FFVII soundtrack that gives me a similar feel. Except maybe "The Forested Temple". That's high on my list on the VII soundtrack, but it's no comparison to Fithos or any of it's variations, ESPECIALLY "A Sacrifice", I believe is my favorite variation.
I did mention that my favorite (or second favorite) song on the OST is in fact oddly "Residents", I know that's a bad example since a lot of people don't like it, but I figured since I'm talking about why I like the OST it might as well get a mention.
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Okay, the song pretty much fucks with chromatics in every way possible which is good for me, hell every note is two half notes together, normally they sound like a rusty instrument when you play two half notes at once, but this makes it good. Sounds mysterious and creepy But... 1:09. 'Nuff said.
A lot of other songs on the OST use an awesome set of chromatics.
Also, Premonition! BATTLE theme with chromatics. [Hidden link. Register to see links.] 2:10 FTW. Seriously. I don't believe ANY of the battle themes from FFVII have ANYTHING that sounds remotely like or better than that part.
-Some of these are more musically sound. I'm sorry, I'm a bit tired to back that up, but about Ami. It's got a lot of variations including Balamb Garden which has chromatics as well and a lot of key changes. I'd figure that considering the style of the Ami tracks and how they're used, I'd figure if there's anything to compare them to from VII, it's Aeris' Theme. I find the core Ami tune better than Aeris' Theme, sorry. I don't know if you agree or not, but to me it's a no-brainer, unless you don't think its a fair comparison.
Also, "Truth" very beautiful song, in case you don't know the OST inside out, here it is: [Hidden link. Register to see links.] Are you sure you don't like this OST? :P
-Find Your Way > Chasing the Black Caped Man, it's FFVII counterpart.
-This is sort of like the chromatic arguement, but songs that use fancy instruments and have weird introes are good. Hi "Silence and Motion"! I also like how it changes tone at... one sec... [Hidden link. Register to see links.] ...Aha. 1:48.
-Dance With the Balamb Fish and Waltz For the Moon.... 'nuff said.
-THE CASTLE. NOTHING on FFVII is better than that. Has everything from chromatics, to harmony, to change of key... I could spend a whole few paragraphs on that track alone pointing out random intervals from it's youtube, but I'll save the time. Name something on the FFVII soundtrack you like better than that.
-The Landing is another track I find hard to compare with any FFVII track. Maybe if any "Weapon Raid" another one high on my list. But the loop of Weapon Raid is way too short, and it gets repetitive fast.
-Chase themes. FFVII has "Hurry" and "Hurry Faster" which are alright. FFVIII has two chase themes as well, "Only a Plank Between One and Perdition", which I believe owns the socks off both of those. But to be fair, "Never Look Back" the other one, fails to deliver as much as the VII ones, not gonna lie.
-Okay, let's talk about battle music! Okay, I'll say that "Don't Be Afraid" and "Fighting" are pretty even in terms of what they are, but I found myself getting sick of Fighting much faster. But "Force Your Way" is a LOT better than "Still More Fighting" IMO. The Black Mages did a much better rendition of that than SMF as well. As for "special" battle themes... well, I already talked about Premonition, but let's go for the end ones! While I couldn't really care less for "Maybe I'm a Lion" (it's still epic enough, just not compared to the other 2 so I won't talk about it) though, the other two are something. "The Legendary Beast", it's got an awesome intro, no denying that. It's the one that plays during the first battle with Griever, and starts when he uses Shockwave Pulsar. I find that clever and perfectly timed! The rest of the track itself is decent, I'd say right on par with "The Birth of a God" from FFVII, to be fair.
But... The Extreme... wow. I could probably say a lot more about it than I will here now, but here we go. Here's it's youtube cause I'll be referencing it: [Hidden link. Register to see links.]
So the beginning sounds like not much of a battle theme, it actually sounds like "The Nightmare Begins"! So let's see...
1:23, changes to a more serious diminished tone... just before it picks up and begins sounding like a normal battle theme (the slow part is just the "intro" for the first loop, but that's alright). It's probably my favorite battle theme in the history of FF, not just cause of how it starts slow and picks up.
There's other stuff after it picks up... but aside from the initial catchy tune, there's one particular aspect of it I can't get over. While the fast paced battle theme with the base sounds a lot like "The Birth of God", it completely owns the crap out of "The Birth of God" at 3:25. Managing to go to a more calm tone, and still keep the beat. Goosebumps++
But I will give FFVII credit where it deserves. As far as counterparts go, I did like FFVII's airship theme far better. And same with the map theme, no question at all. I think that's a given. Blue Fields... ick.
Okay... I'm done. For now. Whew!