Paranoia Agent Soundtrack
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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.
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.
My only complaint about the "Paranoia Agent" soundtrack (well, besides the fact that along with the "Paprika" soundtrack it is one of only two Hirasawa albums released in America!) is that they did not include the song "Kingdom," which appears in one of the most compelling, memorable and climactic scenes of the "Paranoia Agent" television series. I can't imagine why that wasn't included, but that aside, the album is a fantastic collection of Hirasawa's tracks for the late Satoshi Kon's anime television series, including the jarringly beautiful theme song.
Buy this album, that's my advice. You'll be glad you did, and if you aren't, have your ears checked.
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Always great music from susumu hirasawa and satoshi kon!
Diffently recommend it if your a fan!
This is the official geneon US release!
An intriguing, fun, moody and dark soundtrack for a show that is definitely all of the above! If you liked the show then you are sure to love this soundtrack.Published on September 24, 2013 by Will Graham
If you've seen the anime then you pretty much know what's the CD. I will add, though, that the beginning and ending theme songs are on the disk, since some original soundtracks... Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by Suryawong