angela - Sora no koe OST (

By:Lauren Goodnight
Date: Friday, September 17, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

What They Say
The brilliant road to soulful, energetic anime songs and blazing guitar riffs leads begin with 'Sora no koe (meaning 'Voice of the sky') the full-length debut album of the promising newcomer Jpop group 'angela.' If you're an anime fan, no introduction is required for 'angela,' which has provided the captivating and moving vocal songs for the popular series 'Stellvia,' which are on this 10-song soundtrack including the opening theme, 'Brilliant Road to Tomorrow' and the three closing themes, 'Beautiful Night Sky,' 'The End of the World' and 'Dear My Best Friend.' Additionally, this CD features the group's latest offerings, the thoughtful opening song, 'Shangri-la' and ending song 'Separation' from the brand-new anime series 'Fafner.'

The Review!
mmediately upon listening to the first track on this disc ('over the limits'), I wanted to draw a direct comparison to Shakira because the singer, Atsuko, uses that small gap between her true voice and her falsetto range in the same way the Latin wunderkind does: she jumps from one extreme to another with a technique similar to yodeling. And just think, Cher needs a vocal filter to achieve the same disjointed sound. There isn't much here that is original in and of itself, but the actual sound this group lends to the Japanese pop formula is innovative and fresh. This is VERY impressive, because there are so many people in the business of J-pop and each tries to stand apart from the crowd and get that consumer dollar. Angela seems to grab that golden ring with little or no effort. Every note feels like a labor of love, and that's the only labor I dealt with while listening to this!
Where I took it: I listened to the majority of this while sitting outside of a Cracker Barrel waiting for my family.

Where it took me: Instead of being transported to anime-land, I just wanted to get up and dance. In the middle of the outdoor rocking chairs at Cracker Barrel. Either I'm really strange, or this is really good stuff!

Standout track: Brilliant Road to Tomorrow! - This showcases the band's stellar guitar work while pointedly singling out the vocal gymnastics Atsuko is capable of.

Skip-it track: Ring of Miracle - Take all of the things that made Brilliant Road fun and then drain them of their creativity. Bored now.

Over the limits ,Brilliant road to tomorrow ,Ring of Miracle ,Pain ,dear my best friend ,Beautiful night sky ,Temperature of happiness ,Kaleidoscope ,How many? ,The end of the world

Review Equipment
Rating: 4 out of 5

Age Rating: All
Released By: Geneon Anime Music
MSRP: 14.99
Aspect Ratio: 5260-2
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2