The idea behind the “Prescription for Sleep” series of albums is a heartfelt love letter to the gaming industry, designed specifically for converting beloved soundtrack tunes into gentle, soothing instrumentals that you may want to listen to when you’re sleeping. I’m a sucker for good game soundtracks and albums based on classic games — as you may remember from “Metal Gear Symphony” by Rich Douglas — and I have to imagine that many of you would be interested in “Lullabies of Mana” too.
I’ll admit I don’t know the Secret of Mana soundtrack, but I do know it’s popular. I recognized the saxophone of Norihiko Hibino from a mile away, though. Even though it’s played mellow here, I got flashbacks to both Metal Gear Solid 2 and The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 within seconds. If you’re in that Venn Diagram where the saxophone sounds of MGS and the Secret of Mana overlap, and you need something to soothe your mind, get the album. It’s $10, or you can give more if you think twelve songs (the shortest of which is 6:44) deserves more.