Cardcaptors: Songs from the Hit TV Series
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Audio CD, Soundtrack, September 18, 2001
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Before you make what may be the highly unpopular decision to ban Cardcaptors from your house--given that it's aimed unabashedly and sometimes cloyingly at the under-12 crowd--consider the upshot. These are 13 occasionally treacly tracks that, for all their fluffiness, provide temporary parental respite from protective patrol duty. What we have here are songs of friendship, loyalty, and inspiration: "Tell Me" tasks a best friend with baring all in the name of bonding; the swishy, Madonna-inspired "Just Around the Corner" reassures that friends are at the ready; the boy-band style ballad "I Can Make It" sets preteens to swooning with the refrain "With a friend like you / I know I can make it"; and "I Got Your Back," which waters down poppy R&B till it's still soggier, sets the foundation for a sense of solidarity with its promise that "I'm always going to be your best friend / Fighting side by side / To the very end." Eleven-year-old Francophiles will feel further appreciation for their beret-wearing brethren when they learn that the pulse-raising, arena-arousing "No Nagging" by Froggy Mix is a major French hit. Though grownups may be unable to separate Sakura from Sabrina the Teenage Witch or make sense of what it means to be the Guardian of the Cards, most make a point about guarding impressionable minds from media muck. Keeping records like this one within arm's reach drains the trickiness from the task. --Tammy La Gorce
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"Guardian of the Cards" is a great upbeat energetic song, perfect to start off the track. "Tell Me" is a great (I guess you could call it a) love song, very mysterious, describes the sometimes turbulent relationship between Sakura and Li, perhaps. - "Tell Me, Are we gonna talk about it? Are we gonna still be friends?" "Invisible Me" however, may be a fine song on the back streets of New York. However a heavy hard rap song like this, however nice it may be in the right context, does not belong on a CardCaptors CD. "Just Around the Corner", another great jazzed up song, it's the song that Sakura rollerblades to on the way to school. Very cool. Also a popular background song for scene changes etc. "I Can Make It" is also a great lovely song. "Ordinary Girl" is another really great song I can't stop listening to. It was in the episode of the Fiery Card, and it like "Guardian of the Cards" references the show and characters. Strong beat, sticks in the mind. "She is the One" also, one of my favorite songs on the track. starts out slow, quiet and builds to this great and powerful... - "She is Sakura, Her magical powers are saving the world from Danger. Destiny Calls, She is the One. Let the Chase begin." - Again, this song also references the show and chars. "Let's Go" another really great energetic song. - "Come with me, On a magical journey, where all your fantasies can come true. I'll be by your side, You can call me, Whenever you need me, I'll be there for you... The Magic is inside of you!" - Also has the CardCaptors American Main title, self explanatory, everyone should know that. The last song I don't much care for, and never dared to listen to it all the way through.
So, out of 13 tracks, maybe 9 of them are winners. The bad ones are bad, but the good ones really make up for it, if you're brave enough to trust me. Myself, I listen to it on the computer and I can click off the ones I don't want to hear. Some of them, as I said, like Let's Go, and She is the One, Ordinary Girl, them alone make the whole CD worth the price. The ones that are good I can really picture my own little CardCaptors music video with appropriate scenes from the show in my mind, which is really the true measure of any good soundtrack. Naturally, the reverse is true of the songs I didn't care for.
What I would've like to have seen, or heard, perhaps a humourous style song, more character songs. Like one song all about Li, or Kero, or Madison. One song dedicated to all the different cards, a CardCaptor rap so to speak, I'm just throwing out ideas. If there's a sequel to this... I will continue to watch CardCaptors on Kids WB as long as they show it. But yeah, sure, I like watching the subtitles too. Personally I find it interesting learning what was changed- what does that show us about our culture, or at least, our perceived culture.
It's really a poor CD. The songs are all of a very mediocre quality with extremely repetitive lyrics and a kind of overall sameness to them. There are a couple of exceptions, like the Black Europeans, but, while they do break up the monatony, they are also terribly inharmonic. As for the other singers, they do nothing to lift the lyrics up. Like many of the CDs that are produced for the children's animation industry here, the singers are, at worst, basically amateur, and at best just today's standard type. (I'm not saying they are unknown, just that they don't know singing from droning). The music of the various tracks doesn't stand apart either. As it's supposed to be a sort of soundtrack, it sould also fit the series. Unsuprisingly enough, it doesn't. (Since I've seen the entire series, minus the first movie, I think I have some right to state that.)
If you want music from this series, try "Cardcaptor Sakura: The Best Collection" (a series of songs) or "Cardcaptor Sakura: Original Soundtrack Volume 2" (or 1, or whatever). These are from the original "Cardcaptor Sakura", and were specifically made for the series and the characters. (Of course, there's the little thing that all the songs with lyrics are in Japanese, but trust me, it's not hard to get used to. The singers and the music are excellent). The only thing is, you do have to get them import, usually.
Jya Ne~ The Maelstrom Singularity
One point of interest reguarding this CD. Half of the songs on this CD are used as background music on the Cardcaptors Movie. The other half was used on the TV series as background music. I listened to this CD first before watching the English Cardcaptors movie. Having also seen all the TV series aired so far, I wondered where some of these songs were used. Now I know where they used them. The songs fit the scenes they used in the movie and provided a little comic relief. They would not fit anywhere else.
These are songs from the first movie:
The guardian of the cards
Just around the corner
These are songs from the tv series:
main title[the cardcaptors theme song]
just around the corner
These are songs from neither one:
I got your back
I can make it
Whenever you try
She is the one
I advise all Cardcaptors/cardcaptor sakura fans to try this cd out.