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  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Geneon Anime Music
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion OST Vol. #3

By Lauren Goodnight     August 02, 2005
Release Date: July 06, 2004

Neon Genesis Evangelion OST Vol. #3
© Geneon Anime Music

What They Say
The third time's a charm when Evangelion conductor Shiro Sagisu returns to reacquaint EVA fans with his classy, stylized approach to symphonic flair, locked and freshly sealed in the 'Neon Genesis Evangelion Original Soundtrack III.' The journey back into Evangelion brilliance kicks off with two new image songs: 'Happiness Smells of Sin' and 'Eternal Embrace,' followed by 20 finely intricate instrumental tracks that were used in the more dramatic scenes, and closing with 12 additional remixed and extended versions of that timeless ballad 'Fly Me to the Moon.'

The Review!
Reviewing this, to me, is like reviewing any of the Utena discs. I have had the discs for so long before the domestic releases came out that its either like meeting with an old friend or reinforcing what you hated about your old rival. Here, its a mixed bag. 12 more versions of Fly Me To The Moon here bring the domestically released total to 24 versions of FMttM (3 on vol.1, 5 on vol. 2, 12 on vol. 3, 1 on 2nd Impact, and 3 on Refrain, and this isn't counting 'Those women longed for the touch of other's lips, and thus invited their kisses', a instrumental version). Still, there is both a sense of completeness that comes with this disc: you can pick your favorites now that you have them all. Onto the other tracks. 'Childhood Memories, Shut Away' may be my favorite simple piano piece in all of anime. 'Do you love me?' is suitably chilling. 'Good, or don't be' is a pianoforte version of 'Cruel Angel's Thesis'. I love this disc for old time's sake. I would recommend it to anyone who loved Evangelion. However, if you didn't love Eva and just wanted some good music, I might not hand you this disc and expect you to appreciate it.
Where I took this, and Where it took me: This disc has lived through two major moves with me, and the domestic version filled my whole house with so many engrish versions of 'Fly Me to the Moon' until I couldn't stand it anymore. (I still like Aya Bossa Nova version best!)
Standout track: Background Music III - This track crystallizes the feelings that Evanglion evokes.
Skip-it track: Eternal Embrace - I could never really make myself care about this wishy-washy ballad. You thought I was going to pick a version of 'Fly Me to the Moon', didn't you?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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