|Album Title:||Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 1|
|Anime Title:||Gundam 00|
|Release Date:||January 10, 2008|
|1. Exercise||Kenji Kawai||2:04|
|2. Unknown||Kenji Kawai||1:41|
|3. Alarm Bell||Kenji Kawai||2:59|
|4. Intervention||Kenji Kawai||2:07|
|5. Innovation||Kenji Kawai||2.21|
|6. Power||Kenji Kawai||2.41|
|7. Attack||Kenji Kawai||1:41|
|8. Turn Back||Kenji Kawai||1:59|
|9. Windless||Kenji Kawai||1:17|
|10. Tension||Kenji Kawai||1:56|
|11. Setsuna||Kenji Kawai||2:35|
|12. Union||Kenji Kawai||2:06|
|13. Control||Kenji Kawai||1:57|
|14. Beating||Kenji Kawai||2:28|
|15.Communist Camp||Kenji Kawai||1:51|
|16. Daily||Kenji Kawai||1:02|
|17. League||Kenji Kawai||1:45|
|18. Unrest||Kenji Kawai||1:16|
|19. Crisis||Kenji Kawai||1:19|
|20. Administration||Kenji Kawai||2:05|
|21. Hallelujah||Kenji Kawai||2:19|
|22. Eyes||Kenji Kawai||1:59|
Review: Over the years, the Gundam series has been associated with good music. Yoko Kanno’s epic Turn a Gundam OST and Toshihiko Sahashi’s 8-disc Gundam SEED OST had excellent main themes, displayed life and variety, and were highly enjoyable. Therefore, it is not surprising that fans of the franchise will have high expectations of Gundam 00’s soundtrack if they were to use Kanno’s and Sahashi’s works as benchmarks.
However, Gundam 00 is one that curious soundtrack fans should pass up on because it’s just so bland and repetitive. The individual tracks are not terrible on their own, but when put together with over 20 tracks which have roughly the same atmosphere and style, it is enough to bore anyone. The big problem with this soundtrack is that there isn’t a notable climax; everything proceeds at the same speed and volume, creating a hypnotic effect.
The grandeur that we usually associate with Gundam music is completely lacking here. The only track which comes slightly close is “Control,” which, when compared to tracks like “Kantai Shiki” from Gundam SEED DESTINY Soundtrack 2, sounds vastly inferior.
Kantai Shiki (Gundam SEED Destiny)
The choice of instrumental, though promising at first, becomes awfully predictable and limited as the soundtrack drags on. I enjoyed the drums and choir during “Alarm Bell,” but hearing it reused wholesale in “Intervention,” “Power,” “Beating,” and “League” is just too much.
Those trying really hard to find just the tiniest bit of variety may notice slight variations in instrumentals in tracks such as “Innovation.” However, picking out such tracks requires great concentration, which is unbelievably difficult when it comes to this soundtrack. Plus, it is not really worth taxing your ears so much just to hear such variations, which the majority of others soundtracks easily deliver.
Of the tracks on this album, “Setsuna” leaves a decent impression because its Arabic style does not follow the same structure as the others, making it a somewhat effective wake-up call. Even so, the track lacks development as the melody becomes overly repetitive. Other notable tracks include “Crisis,” “Administration” and “Eyes,” but it doesn’t change the fact that 4 decent tracks out of 22 is a meager amount.
The only track that registers a change mood is “Daily,” going from the monotonous drones to something rather lively. However, even this is not without its flaws. Kawai Kenji just seems to be trying too hard, resulting in a track that wouldn’t be out of place in K-ON’s OST but juts out like a sore thumb here.
Even for those who’ve watched the anime and were fairly impressed with the music, I’d still say you should just leave it at that. Whatever was memorable in the anime turns out to have at least three other variations in the soundtrack. Whatever was not memorable in the anime has hardly any value, since it holds no depth even upon careful listening.
To all but the most dedicated and patient of Gundam 00 fans, this soundtrack falls far short of what we expect from Gundam soundtracks, or any anime soundtrack for that matter. Personally, I’ve seldom had much difficulty finishing a soundtrack, but Gundam 00 really tested my patience from start to finish.
Rating: Not Good