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This review is from: Akira: Original Soundtrack (Audio CD)
This is one of the weirdest and most beautiful soundtracks I've encountered. A really staggering amount of the music on this disc, perhaps as much as 80% of it, isn't even used in the film, but that doesn't mean it's one of those dumb "Music inspired by the motion picture" fake soundtracks. This is more like a collection of musical works, each with a different style and flavor, from which brief excerpts have been taken and inserted into the movie. The track "Tetsuo," for instance, includes the "DA DA" chanting that occurs whenever Tetsuo does something really awful with his powers, but the majority of the ten-minute composition consists of soft chime percussion like when the scientist and the colonel look at the animation of Tetsuo's brainwaves. I realize how awful a ten-minute piece consisting of bell chimes and people yelling "DA DA" must sound, and indeed it takes a bit of patience to get used to this kind of music, but once you understand it you'll realize how perfectly it suits the film. Many of the pieces, "Requiem" in particular, are so varied and strange and wonderful that you could find a way to work it into almost any movie, but somehow they just work for Akira better than anything else would have. I really wouldn't have thought it possible to capture the excitement, anger, and tragedy of a movie like Akira on a music CD, but that's precisely what this disc does. Once you get used to it, you'll come back to it again and again.