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


By Lauren Goodnight     July 19, 2005

© Geneon Anime Music

What They Say
Get drawn into an orbital pull of amazing instrumentals and opera crescendos from this awesome movie soundtrack, including those produced by composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Arjuna) with members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

This special 2-disc soundtrack features a diversified arrangement by three different composers whose combined music effortlessly ties together and heightens the artistic aura of this film.

The Review!
This two-disc set stars off with the music from Koji Morimoto's portion of 'Memories' called 'Magnetic Rose'. Its a good start, with Yoko Kanno composing a lovely world full of beauty and the grotesque. Kaoru Nishino sings the particularly memorable operatic 'Madara Butterfly'. Jun Miyake's take on Tensai Okamura's 'Stink Bomb' is next, and it, as well, is masterful, but it certainly feels much different from the classical apocalypse of 'Magnetic Rose'. A much stronger horn section and a latin percussion feel are big movers here between the well-orchestrated and more traditional action scene tracks. Disc two is dedicated solely to Hiroyuki Nagashima's orchestration of Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Cannon Fodder'. There is a sprinkling here and there of Indian musical influence, but you really have to listen for it. All in all, Nagashima's section sounds a LOT like a game soundtrack. The collection is capped off with a signature Yoko Kanno track, with a soaring vocal choir and a strong techno beat.
Where I took it: This rolled with me to the mall, wheren I browsed books and looked at teenagers play DDR.
Where it took me: Each movement told a very different story. For the major portion of Kanno's section, I was somewhat tense, yet floating. Miyake felt almost bipolar, and Nagashima's work was very appropriate to my arcade outing.
Standout Track: 'Madara Butterfly' - This clear, crisp, classic soprano rendition willhaunt me for the rest of my days.
Skip-it track: Song of the Soldiers - This was too short, too simply and too clich�, even for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Prologue ,Chorale ,Cosmos ,Madama Butterfly ,Memories ,Sickness ,Tosca ,Radio ~ Mad Butterfly Emily,End ,Chorale (Reprise) ,Good Morning Yamanashi ,Nobuo's Groove I ,Capsule of Blue ,Sketchs of Smell ,Six Steps To Heaven,Nobuo's Groove II ,Mad Funny Balance Town,Five Steps To Heaven,Nobuo's Groove III ,Walkin' ,In A Smell Way ,Workin' ,Four Steps to Heaven ,Battle Dance ,At the Corner ,Someday Our Prince Will Come ,Relaxin' ,Ants ,A Boy and a Portrait ,Morning in the City ,Song of the Soldiers ,A Boy's Dream ,The Cannon's Fanfare ,Gun Crew's March ,Lunch Time ,The Cannon's Fanfare (Reprise) ,Disciplinary Measures ,Evening Falls ,A Boy and a Portrait (Reprise) ,In Yer Memory

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