Slayers Try Treasury 1 (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Tiffani Nadeau
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2002



What They Say
Catch the songs that you might not have heard while you were laughing hysterically during the show! This CD collection features 31 great tracks from the alluring back drop tunes that set the mood to one of the funniest anime of all time. You'll find music ranging across the spectrum from classical, to jazz, and even some full blown synthesizer pieces rocking out in classic Slayers themes!

The Review!
3 out of 5
Background music from the Slayers Try TV series.

There are some interesting things in this CD’s little insert. It comes with the standard Song title list, English lyrics tot he few vocal songs, and typical credits for the CD as well as the show, however that is where the typical insert stops and the fun begins. Four pages into the eleven-page insert you are introduced to “The Musical World of Slayers Try-Music Menu”. This menu was the menu used by the director to the composer in order to determine what type of music would be needed for each scene. The Menu lists the scene in which the song will be used, and a brief description by the director of what type of music should be used for that scene. Some also give a detailed description of the character feelings in that moment in order to further the mood of the music. Going back to the song title list on the first page, each song has a corresponding number after it that matches the Music Menu, so you can go back and forth and find out the motivation for each song. Quite an interesting view on how the Slayers music came about, and definitely worth the time to look back and forth between pages.

Musically this CD is everything it advertises itself to be on the front cover. It is purely background music. From a listening standpoint it really isn’t as much of a grab you and take you places kind of CD, not like say the vocal collections are, but, it does have it’s good points. As in all of Slayers, this CD does stick to the traditional jazz pop hits that can be found in the original series, but do they really have enough power to make it past background. Tough question, well, let’s see, I listened to the CD while typing. The upbeat jazzy mix found in the instrumentals, that had that old New Orleans feel to some of them, did make the typing go much faster, so, I’d say yes they do have the power to move you, but beyond a background music setting, sorry no. I just can’t see anybody listening to this as more than background to fill the silence. Even a jazz lover like myself, can’t really get past the fact that the songs just don’t hold any musical power other than fill in.
I’d say, fun, interesting, and keeps you moving. But definitely keep it in the background

Fangboy says…Interesting and upbeat, but not much more. The CD insert though makes up for what the music itself lacks.
=)

Features
Suddenly, One Morning 1:52 Instrumental,Breeze (TV size)1:43 Vocal (Japanese),Don’t Be Discouraged (Instrumental-1) 1:04 Instrumental,Destructive Power as Always1:39 Instrumental,Smile Your Troubles Away! 3:16 Instrumental,A Smiling Face Brings Happiness 4:35 Instrumental,Into Confusion 1:10 Instrumental,And Then There Were Four2:34 Instrumental,Eyecatcher0:11 Instrumental,Don’t Be Discouraged (Heartbeat Mix)4:41 Vocal (Japanese),Reflected in the Elegant Eyes of Fillia1:28 Instrumental,The Tail of a Modern Woman2:44 Instrumental,Fearful Profile1:09 Instrumental,Metamorphosis1:03 Instrumental,Golden Wings2:02 Instrumental,The Shadow of Death2:05 Vocal (Chanting),Clan of the Fire Dragon1:30 Instrumental,Keep Faith With You1:29 Instrumental,Fair Wind5:47 Vocal (English),Assault of the Metamorph Army1:08 Instrumental,Rebel Against Destiny2:39 Instrumental,Armeice3:24 Instrumental,Bloody Battle1:43 Instrumental,Breeze (Windstorm Mix)5:26 Vocal (Japanese),A Premonition of a Journey 2:05 Instrumental,Extreme Tension2:38 Instrumental,Between Sky and Land2:27 Instrumental,What in the World Happened?2:37 Instrumental,Toward a New History2:21 Instrumental,Don’t be Discouraged (TV size)1:23 Vocal (Japanese),Don’t be Discouraged (Instrumental-2)0:20 Instrumental

Review Equipment
Total CD Length: 70:13




Age Rating: All
Released By: AnimeTrax
MSRP: 14.98
Aspect Ratio: AT9316
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Slayers