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Godzilla 2000: Millennium
The theme to the latest Godzilla adventure sounds halfway between a classic monster motif and heroic fanfare, which appropriately reflects the constantly shifting role of Japan's favorite giant lizard. After all, one minute he's threatening to crush Tokyo under his giant frame; the next, he's saving the populace from alien intruders. (Of course, Godzilla inevitably crushes Tokyo while saving it--there's irony for you.) For this film, composer Takayuki Hattori (who also scored 1994's Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla) refreshingly opts not to overdo the action scenes. Despite the occasional, clichéd use of string and brass crescendos for dramatic effect, pieces like "The Self Defense Force Swings into Action" are unusually understated. Considering the bombastic onscreen carnage, this makes for a striking contrast. Most memorable on the Godzilla 2000 soundtrack is the unconventional music--the tribal drumming insinuated into the anxious orchestrations of "Giant UFO Approaching" and "Before the Explosion"; the soothing, hypnotic tones of "Wonder of G Revealed"; and the wonderful, modern rendition of Akira Ifukube's classic, "Godzilla's Theme." Tohophiles will also appreciate the inclusion of Godzilla and Orga sound effects from the film. --Bryan Reesman
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if you dont have a Godzilla soundtrack you might want to try and get one if you are a fan of the king of the monsters himself
In the film, legendary giant monster Godzilla does battle against a mysterious UFO, and then against a vicious monster. Hatori's score captures the excitement of the big battle scenes, as well as the human drama that takes place in the shadows of these titanic clashes.
Some of the best tracks on the CD include the opening track, which includes Godzilla's roar; the militaristic "The Self-Defense Force Swings into Action"; the gentle "The Wonder of G Revealed"; the exciting "Before the Explosion"; and the thrilling fanfare of "Millennium."
Hattori sometimes uses choral voices and other elements for an ethereal effect; this is a good counterpoint to the frenzied brass and pounding percussion which accentuates the excitement level elsewhere. These two musical strategies are particularly well-combined in "The Encounter with the Mysterious Object." Overall, Hattori has done an admirable job of contributing to Godzilla's decades-old musical legacy.