Evangelion, Neon Genesis CD Soundtrack: The Day of Second Impact (Mania.com)

By:Lauren Goodnight
Date: Monday, May 24, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, September 07, 2004

What They Say
Only on Neon Genesis Evangelion can you find J-pop music, love ballads, fatalistic lyrics and sweeping sonatas used so adeptly that every tension-filled scene or startling image becomes all the more compelling.
This 11-track compilation brings together on one soundtrack many of the impressive vocal songs and memorable instrumentals from both the TV show and movie. Includes the English language songs, "Fly Me to the Moon," "Thanatos-If I Can't Be Yours-", "Come Sweet Death" and more.

The Review!
Consider this your Best of Evangelion album. It has the most notable (sometimes notable and best are not one in the same) tracks from the history of Evangelion all on one easy-to-locate disc. Lovely orchestrations of the well-known moments rise up here to remind you of one of the most famous anime ever to find its way across the pond. I found the inclusion of where each song came from (in the liner notes) to be extremely helpful for the more obscure tracks, such as 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (which was the BGM on episode 26's ending song as per all of the video releases). A good all round purchase for Evangelion fans who are tired of keeping up with the numerous releases... however, if you have all of the discs, you can grow this one at home.
Standout track: A Cruel Angel's Thesis - This is a staple of the anime karaoke circuit for a reason. It is a really good pop song while being distinctive both vocally and musically.
Skip-it track: Thanatos ~If I can't be yours~ - The vocal version of Thanatos is passionless and stale. Move on before you draw comparisons to other instrumental tracks that ended up with lyrics... better tracks, like Nat King Cole's version of 'Stardust'.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Angel Attack ,A Cruel Angel's Thesis (Director's Edit Version) ,Decisive Battle ,Fly Me to the Moon ,THANATOS ,Kanon D-dur (Strings Orchestra) ,Soul's Refrain ,II Air ,THANATOS -IF I CAN'T BE YOURS- ,Komm, susser Tod (Come Sweet Death) ,Jesus bleibet meine Freude

Review Equipment

Age Rating: All
Released By: Geneon Anime Music
MSRP: 14.98
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion