Spirited Away Soundtrack
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"One Summer's Day" starts it all, as Chihiro rides in the back of the car to her family's new home. It's a sweet melody, and it does sound like the theme for a lost child. It also introduces the beautiful theme of Spirited Away, with a soft piano and seldom string instruments. It ends with the fast-paced ride to the abandoned amusement park.
"Nighttime Coming" is very dramatic, and sympathetic as well. It's also awe-inspiring, as you feel the changes going on around Chihiro as the music plays and the scenery alters to that of the spirit world. This can't be told through the music, but similar themes seem woven into the piece.
"Dragon Boy" is simply magnificent, though I wonder if it should have been placed later in the soundtrack. Nonetheless, it is exciting and is exactly the type of music that truly represents Spirited Away.
"Sootballs" is a charming piece, if a bit long, but you can tell the struggle occuring in it, despite how happy and cute it sounds. "Procession of the Gods" is probably one of my favorite tracks, though perhaps only for its grandeur, as it sweeps with the serving of the spirits in the bathhouse, as well as remaining a type of simple Japanese rythm at the same time.
"Yubaba" is eerie and tense, and is easily distinguished as the villain's theme for the track, even if you haven't seen the movie. The slow, isolated piano plinks really establish the setting of the piece.Read more ›
That is the case with Hayao Miyazaki, and his longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The movie "Spirited Away" has been considered Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, an epic film that will be remembered as the centerpiece of Miyazaki's long and prosperous career. The same can be said about the film's score. It is too a masterpiece.
The purpose of a film score is to convey the mood of the particular sequence in the film. Nobody does this better than Hisaishi, and his score of "Spirited Away" is no exception. The music blends in so perfectly with the action that you hardly notice it, but you know that once it's gone, or replaced with punk rock, then the entire scene becomes completely different.
However, good scores don't just convey mood perfectly, but they must also be good enough to stand alone. This is where Hisaishi's score comes alive. Its opening song, "One Summer Day" (Ano Natsu He) begins with a tune that is slow and soft, yet powerful enough to coax tears from the emotional. Within two minutes, it has become almost a completely different tune. It is now fast and loud, yet still retains its harmony.
The remaining 20 pieces are all a pleasure to listen to. Even the most discordant pieces in the score (such as "The Bottomless Pit" [Sokonashi ana]) are wonderful to listen to. This is definitely one of the most underrated soundtracks of all time.
The movie starts out with "One Summer's Day", a soft, beautiful little opening, gentle and sweet. Afterwards comes "A Road to Somewhere", and it is with this piece that the slight creepiness of the movie sets in. "The Empty Restaurant" is even creepier and spookier. In it you can imagine everything that is going on in t he movie. It gives off a feeling of urgency and fear, which is fits the movie perfectly.
"Nighttime Coming" continues the creepy theme with the consistent beat at the beginning and then a tumble of notes that begin to show fear and panic. "The Dragon Boy" is a dramatic little piece that is quick and proud at the same time, lovely at times, loud at other times, and even slightly scary at some moments. "Sootballs" is a cute little thing, amusing and adorable. It fits the cute image of the sootballs perfectly with their slightly strange personalities but their overall adorable aspects. "Procession of the Spirits" is very dramatic, but a little boring at the beginning, though it fits the movie wonderfully. "Yubaba" is commanding and tough. "Bathhouse Morning" is a short transition piece, taking on aspects from other parts of the score.
"Day of the River" contains a recurring theme in the score. It is a lovely, gentle piece full of emotion, piano, and a soft orchestra. This is one of the best parts of the score, and is simply wonderful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was worried that the last song was not going to be in the original version of Japanese but when it was I was thrilled, it also came with written words of the song in English. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kayla
There aren't many film scores that in my opinion stand so well on their own. Between the slow symphonic parts and the energetic and original themes, Hisaishi's music manages not... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter grew up with this movie. Finally as she was entering college we decided to get the soundtrack. The music is so beautiful and we both enjoy listening to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Blodgett
IMHO best anime I have ever seen. As for content better than most live-action movies. I would recommend this movie to all families, especially with young girls.Published 13 months ago by Steven D. Alexander
This is a very frustrating CD. There is only one song worth having; the last one "Always With Me." The rest of the CD is less than elevator music. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julian Ajello
Got it as a birthday gift for my sister. She's a big fan of the movie and the soundtrack and she hasn't stopped listening to it since.Published on February 24, 2014 by Angelica