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  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Geneon Anime Music
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Aspect Ratio: 52742
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack

By Lauren Goodnight     November 19, 2004
Release Date: April 05, 2005

Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack
© Geneon Anime Music

What They Say
A viewing of the exceptionally thought-provoking series, 'Paranoia Agent' will beg the disturbing question, "Is 'Lil' Slugger' in you?" If not, then perhaps it'll be the stream of dark instrumental music from the "Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack" that will sink into your subconscious. Composer Susumu Hirasawa takes listeners on a schizophrenic journey to unbelievably simple, yet beautifully strange compositions, relentlessly shifting with the hum of electronic whirring, breathless beats and infectious chanting spliced in. From the opening vocal song, "Dream Island Obsessional Park" to the eerie ending, "White Hill - Maromi's Theme," nothing on this 19-track CD is ordinary music.

The soundtrack from "Paranoia Agent," the critically acclaimed TV thriller available on DVD from Geneon Entertainment, features music composed by Susumu Hirasawa (Berzerk, Millenium Actress, Detonator Orgun) a full-color insert booklet with song lyrics and composer profile translated in English, as well as romanized lyrics.

The Review!
Hmm. Well, I have to wonder occasionally at the mindset of the Japanese when they create something so "out there" as the Paranoia Agent series. There are many many soundtracks that, upon hearing them several times before actually watching the series they were tied to, spoiled the whole experience. Paranoia Agent, however, did not do that. Instead, the unsteady mix of repetitive, nerve jangling tracks with calm, soothing, cheerful melodies is much like the series itself without giving away the game. This disc is emotionally packed, but I wouldn't recommend sitting down to listen to the whole thing all at once; you'll find yourself skipping half of the tracks simply because of their repetitive nature.

Where I took it: When I was in Houston, Fry's Electronics had a sale on this disc. So, I grabbed it and listened to it on the way to and from lunch out on the town.

Where it took me: I was here in my safe place, I was there in the fields of insanity, but I was always in Maromi's little world of paranoia.

Standout track: Dream Island Obsessional Park - This song is a wonderful mix of creepy and exhilarating. I can listen to this track over and over and over.

Skip-it track: Shadow - I can't listen to this track for more than 10 seconds at a time without having a terrible pounding behind my left eye. Take a moment, put your headphones on, and try to listen to the whole thing at once. MUCH SADNESS.

Island Obsessional Park,Sub-usual,Focus,Happiness,Object Definition,Confrontational Paranoia,Tension,Hero,Condition Boy,Black Beach,Cultivation,Shadow,Reverie Hill,Escape,Obsession Layer ,Tenacity,Dream Island - Expectation,Core,White Hill - Maromi’s Theme,Grandfatherly Wind (BONUS TRACK)

Review Equipment
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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