FLCL Original Soundtrack 2: King of Pirates (of 3) (Mania.com)
Date: Monday, May 24, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, September 07, 2004
What They Say
The verse-defying, guitar-blasting J-Rock group the Pillows come roaring back with more sit-up-and-take-notice grooving beats and vocals on this second gem of a soundtrack to the ingeniously chaotic Fooly Cooly series.
Musical collaborator Shinkichi Mitsumune (Utena, Love Hina, Sugar) spreads out more of his flavorful instrumentals to fuel the high dosage of anime insanity that inundates this quirky, off-the-wall anime. This 17-track CD includes the vocal songs "Crazy Sunshine," "Blues Drive Monster," "White Ash," "LAST DINOSAUR" and "I think I can" along with five drama tracks.
Mostly, this is a The Pillows disc with lots of drama tracks and three instrumentals. As a whole, its a better The Pillows Album than PENALTY LIFE was, and that can only be a good thing. Again, there is no translation of the drama tracks included with the liner notes, and this leaves fans at the mercy of the Geneon website for their understanding. This is a big mark against Geneon, but there are ways to improve this: for instance, include the translations on a folded white sheet separate from the booklet. Or, find a way to extend the booklet to include the translations. Drama tracks would be much more fun if I didn't have to sit at my computer every time I wanted to listen to them. It affects the CD as a whole, and I can't see myself listening to this more times than it takes to review it.
Where I took it: I could only take this to my computer and look through the Geneon website while trying to take it all in.
Where it took me: Nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. I would have liked to have experienced the FLCL world through this disc, but sadly, that didn't happen.
Standout track: Blues Drive Monster - I keep doing the little ska dance to this... Does that give away my age, or just the sheer number of subcultures I've been a part of?
Skip-it track: I Think I Can - By the end of this disc, the repetitive I Think I Can is just what I needed to seal the deal on this awful disc. Too bad it took over 7 minutes to do it. Ugh.
Rating:2 out of 5
Crazy Sunshine ,White Ash ,Taxi (Drama track) ,Nightmare ,PATRICIA ,Memory of Summer ,Blues Drive Monster ,Funny Bunny ,Mamiko (Drama track) ,Ohgiri (Drama track ,Harumi (Drama track) High Risk,WEEKEND ,Being Bitten (Drama track) ,Another morning,LAST DINOSAUR,I think I can
Age Rating: All
Released By: Geneon Anime Music
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2