Gungrave Original Soundtrack Uno - -

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  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Geneon Anime Music
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Aspect Ratio: 523722
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Gungrave

Gungrave Original Soundtrack Uno -

By Tiffani Nadeau     February 23, 2004
Release Date: July 06, 2004

Gungrave Original Soundtrack Uno -
© Geneon Anime Music

What They Say
Crimelord Harry MacDowel's bloody rise to power leads to the tragic betrayal of his best friend, Brandon Heat, who has now returned from 'Beyond The Grave' sworn to exact bullet-blazing vengeance upon his enemies! A perfect companion piece to the 'Gungrave' TV anime series is the oh-so cool 'Gungrave Original Soundtrack Uno "righthead," arranged by master jam guitarist Tsuneo Imahori (Trigun, Texhnolyze, Arjuna). From the entrancing, jazzy-funk opening theme "Family" to the violin/guitar blend in the poignant track 'bitter ending,' band leader Imahori proves that nothing on his stellar anime soundtracks are ever routine or predictable, with his experimental, freestylish approach to mixing in unusual sounds (cavaquinho strings, mandolin, wulitzer) alongside traditional instruments to create some truly amazingly distinctive hear-pleasurable music tracks. In this 19-track no-speed-limit jazz session are the vocal songs 'clue' and the gypsy violin/bass grooving ending theme song 'When the fire turns red-orange.'

The Review!
The unifying theme in "righthead" is the use of string instruments. Violins, guitars, bass, mandolin, gypsy violin... you name it, chances are someone used it in this disc. That unifying element makes this disc, which should feel disjointed, feel smoother and more like a story in and of itself. What I found very interesting was that the lyrics for the opening song, Clue, were written and sung by the same man who sings 'Strangers' on the Wolf's Rain soundtrack, Raj Ramayya. I must find out more about this man, as his voice just keeps sticking holding on to me. It feels like destiny, a little bit. Either way, this is a fun album, especially if you enjoy stringed instruments or play one yourself.

Where I took this: I surfed the net while listening to this. It helped me resist the overwhelming power of eBay!!
Where it took me: I kept finding myself in a border town in the frontier lands, working hard and playing hard. Excellent imagery.

Standout track: Jester's Dream - This track was heavier on the soft ambient feel than any other, and so it stood out. It is lovely to listen to, and the Spanish guitar work here by Tsuneo Imahori is irresistible.

Skip-it track: Hit the Jackpot! - If any song felt out of place in this mix, it is the well-orchestrated but misguided 'Hit the Jackpot'. Its a pop instrumental among so many non-pop tunes.

family,clue,do your business,the maverick,add'o guaglione,when?,image of father,hit the jackpot!,prayer for the rain; song for the wind,B-G,coaltar overdose,16% of humidity,great flair,say it ain't so.,city,jester's dream,fearful stereo,bitter ending,when the sunset turns red (TV size)

Review Equipment
Rating: 4 out of 5


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