Music from the new series animated by MADHOUSE (Chobits, Trigun, Gungrave, Texhnolyze, X) and composed by Yasunori Iwasaki (Vandread, Vandread 2nd Stage, Happy Lesson, You're Under Arrest). Geneon Entertainment will release the first volume of the DVD simultaneously with the CD and look for the 'Tenjho Tenge' graphic novels released in 2005 from DC Comics' CMX manga line! This CD also has a full-color insert booklet includes English translated titles and song lyrics, as well as romanized lyrics.
I've never been a big fan of drama tracks, and this "great" disc did nothing to change my mind. The two longest tracks on this disc are Japanese drama tracks, and while they are well executed, they are a waste to real music aficionados. Almost 10 minutes at the beginning and almost 16 minutes at the end are yipping in Japanese! Now, I don't mind it, but I wouldn't entertain guests with this CD, which is a shame. The rest of this disc is inspired stuff, masterfully applied musical theory and scenic logic combining to heighten action sequences and moments of suspense. Electronic basics and what sounds to me like a full orchestra come together to make music that could pass as video game fodder but has a great deal more depth. The vocal tracks are a real treat, don't miss them! My suggestion: Rip the whole thing and ditch the drama tracks.
Where I took it: Leaving on a jet plane....
Where it took me: It was like being in a great fighting game with moments under the sun in bikinis!
Standout Track: Minori Chihara -- I won't give up! - When Japanese women have a slightly lower range and growl into their rock'n'roll, it makes me feel all giddy inside!
Skip-it track: Aya - I was bored by this and shouldn't have been. It was too much like "smooth jazz", the stuff you hear in the afternoons in the dentist's office, for my taste.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Bomb A Head! V (TV size), "Last Packed Lunch" Part 1, I Won't Give Up, Tenjho Tenge, Maya, Aya, Tenjho Tenge the Chapter "Souichiro", Friendship,Wonder, Tagami "The Code of the Samurai", A Gale, Toudou Academy "Sanctuary", Tenjho Tenge the Chapter "Bob",Chiaki, Mitsuomi, Pathos, By Your Side, "Last Packed Lunch" Part 2, Aishitene Motto (Love Me More)