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Paranoia Agent [Soundtrack]

Susumu Hirasawa Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: May 28, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • ASIN: B0006SSQYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dream Island Obsessional Park
2. Sub-Usual
3. Focus
4. Happiness
5. Object Definition
6. Confrontational Paranoia
7. Tension
8. Hero
9. Condition Boy
10. Black Beach
11. Cultivation
12. Shadow
13. Reverie Hill
14. Escape
15. Obsession Layer
16. Tenacity
17. Dream Island - Expectation
18. Core
19. White Hill - Maromi's Theme
20. Grandfatherly Wind

Editorial Reviews

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.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You know you want it. August 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're reading this, you probably want to own the title track for Paranoia Agent so you might as well buy this CD. The title track is, of course, absolutely fantastic -- and about twice as long as what you've heard by watching the show.

That said, I would classify much of the rest of the CD as "retro electronica" or "ambient". Many of the tracks make great backgrounds for the show but aren't that interesting to listen to for the sake of listening to. Others, such as "Hero" and "Confrontational Paranoia" are excellent but sound as if they were made from 1980's era synthesizers -- strings and horns that are obviously electronic in origin. It actually reminds me a lot of old computer game music. This is in contrast to modern electronic/synth groups like VNV Nation where pains have been made to make sure that their horns and strings, while synth in origin, sound authentic.

Anyway, it's all kind of moot. If only track 1 had been on this CD, I would have still bought it and loved it, so there you go. Buy it for track 1 and get a bunch of other music you might like to varying degrees at no extra charge.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Other Worldly Beauty May 30, 2005
By Etsuke
Format:Audio CD
The songs of Parnoia Agent are visual, bringing images to mind as you hear music that sounds if it comes from another world; some of songs have a haunting quality. Hirasawa's background singing adds to the unique soundtrack. I also loved Susumu Hirasawa's music on the Millenium Actress soundtrack and especially the song "Lotus". It gave me such a inner rush and stirring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great cd. August 26, 2005
By neo_412
Format:Audio CD
If your a fan of the show get this disc. If not it's pretty cool anyway. Get it for the songs you don't here that much on the show, like Condition Boy, Escape, and Grandfatherly Wind. Dream Island Obsessional Park is the shows opening theme and probably the best song, If you like it you'll definitely like Grandfatherly Wind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete June 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Paranoia Agent's opening theme is well-known as one of the most unique in animation, and the extended version of the track will not disappoint. There are a few other particularly good songs as well, including Condition Boy from Episode 2, "The Golden Shoes," and Grandfatherly Wind is Hirusawa at his best.

Unfortunately the CD is not very long and many tracks I would have liked to have heard are not featured on it, including other music from "The Golden Shoes" as well as the song played during "The Final Episode" when Ikari destroys the fantasy world. That song is titled Kingdom if you are looking for it.
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