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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Original Soundtrack 1

By Lauren Goodnight     May 28, 2005

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Original Soundtrack 1
© Bandai Entertainment

What They Say
Featuring music from Yoko Kanno (Arjuna, Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus)! The Ghost in the Shell: SAC CD soundtrack features some of the best in hard-hitting grooves and driving techno!

The Review!
I really enjoy Yoko Kanno's soundtracks, most of the time. Then there are really strange post-modern mixes like Wolf's Rain which just turn me off. This is one of the latter, but I will be the first to say how top-notch Kanno is at creating the correct mood with her music. When something like this comes along, I have to say that, even though I don't enjoy it, it is certainly worth owning. Every note stains the consciousness with the grime and sadness of Major Kusanagi's biomechanical world. This music will transport you whether you want to go on its journey or not, and escapism is always a good thing in my book. One thing that Kanno fans will appreciate, even if everything else fails, are the tracks like 'Stamina Rose', which is a complex techno song with the added gravity of Kanno's signature ethereal angelic choir. 'Where Does This Ocean Go?' sounds hauntingly like 'Post'-era Björk, while 'Home Stay' sounds like a Delerium song. 'Siberian Doll House' is an ambient masterpiece. Sadly, too many of the techno and rock tracks sound lifeless, but I wonder if that was the idea. Kanno needs to show us a world slowly losing its old definitions of life while the new definitions are being hammered out by über-sentient creations, often more human than the humans they are surrounded by. This is good music, whether I like it or not.

Where I took it: I studied for exams to this, I traveled to this, I shopped to this, I agonized over how to write this review many, many times. Wherever I went, this haunted me.
Where it took me: An anti-utopian vision of the brutal future, far more brutal than what GitS: SAC shows us week by week. This was a sleazy cyber-Tokyo, transcendent in ways I should never understand.
Standout Track: Beauty is Within Us (vocal by Scott Matthew): This is one of five truly outstanding songs on this disc. I found myself angry that all of the songs were not as good or as enjoyable as this.
Skip-it Track: Train Search: The overuse of feedback and the repetitive nature of this made me want to throw my iPod over the edge of a bridge.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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