Though I've always liked it to some extent, Akira's OST has grown on me over the years as I've become more open-minded (I'd like to think) towards not-so conventional genres of music.
Then I gave it a partial listen today and the chills that final track gave me prompted me to update my review.
Anybody else have this album? Thoughts?
I have the album. It has a few beautiful tracks, and a few tracks that put me to sleep. However it is worth the cost for the tracks that I enjoy are very well done. Very nice use of the xylophone and gamelan, and when it was released much of the music was relatively new to American audiences. I definitely enjoyed the music more than the film, although I have never been a big anime fan. I do as a rule really enjoy cartoons, but Akira was just not to my taste. I will keep the OST though. I would probably give the album 3 or 3.5/5 stars. However, I completely understand that everyone has his/her own taste in music.
By Bernhardt (Oct 25, 2010) (#4)
I actually re-watched the movie a year or two ago, and I definitely had a greater appreciation for it than the first time I saw it.
It was definitely one of those movies that made you think the world was ending...
Aside from some bombastic choruses, I didn't really remember a whole lot of music out of the movie, but looking up some music samples, I'd agree this's actually a really good soundtrack.
Me, I've always had a soft spot for ethnic and folk music, and a lot of the tribal motifs are appropriate, given how savage the world in the movie is.
I suppose, at some point, I really will get my hands on this one; it's definitely some moody, foreboding stuff.
Last edited by Bernhardt (Oct 25, 2010)