|Album Title:||Gundam 00 Original Soundtrack 2|
|Anime Title:||Gundam 00|
|Release Date:||March 26, 2008|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
Track List: [spoiler]
|1. Imperial Princess||Kenji Kawai||1:54|
|2. Peace||Kenji Kawai||1:29|
|3. Each Other||Kenji Kawai||1:32|
|4. Eve||Kenji Kawai||2:05|
|5. Holiday||Kenji Kawai||1:44|
|6. Approach||Kenji Kawai||1:50|
|7. Thirst||Kenji Kawai||1:56|
|8. Seizure||Kenji Kawai||2:07|
|9. Firelight||Kenji Kawai||2:19|
|10. Forward||Kenji Kawai||2:26|
|11. Mortify||Kenji Kawai||2:43|
|12. Expectation||Kenji Kawai||2:06|
|13. Reaction||Kenji Kawai||1:07|
|14. New moon||Kenji Kawai||1:44|
|15. Despair||Kenji Kawai||1:15|
|16. Sorrow||Kenji Kawai||2:11|
|17. Desert||Kenji Kawai||1:55|
|18. Palace||Kenji Kawai||1:51|
|19. Reason||Kenji Kawai||2:08|
|20. Fight||Kenji Kawai||2:05|
|21. Love Song||Kenji Kawai||2:13|
|22. Separation||Kenji Kawai||2:34|
|23. Uproar||Kenji Kawai||1:46|
|24. Solitude||Kenji Kawai||1:45|
|25. Strategem||Kenji Kawai||1:36|
|26. Recover||Kenji Kawai||1:50|
|27. Reboot||Kenji Kawai||2:04|
|28. Possibility||Kenji Kawai||2:00|
|29. Counterattack||Kenji Kawai||2:10|
|30. Tears||Kenji Kawai||1:35|
|31. Memory||Kenji Kawai||2:17|
|32. Scenery||Kenji Kawai||1:34|
|33. Beating||Kenji Kawai||1:26|
|34. Cross Road||Kenji Kawai||1:21|
|35. Daybreak’s Bell (Gundam 00 Edit)||Kenji Kawai||1:38|
|36. Wana (Tv Size-edit)||Kenji Kawai||1:32|
[/spoiler] Review: I swear that someone at Sunrise told Kawai Kenji to make the music so recognizable that if any random track were to be played everyone who has ever watched Gundam 00 should know where it came from. With few exceptions, this OST falls in line with the first soundtrack, flaws and all. Each track ranges from decent to excellent, but the overall OST is hard to bear in one sitting due to the sheer amount of repetition and numerous similarities across the tracks.
I am quite thankful that the best piece is the first one on the disk since it saves me the trouble of searching through the clutter. Full of sorrow and majesty, “Imperial Princess” is the song that will keep you coming back for more.
Imperial Princess [audio:01 Gundam002.mp3]
There really is not a single track here that is particularly bad, but the vast majority of songs feel like above average stock music that provides some nice music to paint scenes but are otherwise dull. You need to jump to near the end of the OST to “Counterattack” before things really get mixed up.
Counterattack [audio:29 Gundam002.mp3]
For a music editor, it is actually quite nice to have a large number of different songs that ultimately converge to the same style. This allows the music to become strongly associated with a particular show, and it allows the central theme song to be played over and over again, with just enough variation to feel both fresh and familiar each episode. The problem is that it makes for a poor listening experience unless adequately spaced out over a long period of time. As a result, stuff like “Forward” would have gotten a stronger reaction with me if it wasn’t yet another throwback to the main theme.
Forward [audio:10 Gundam002.mp3]
Also, one begins to wonder if Kawai Kenji really had to remix virtually every tune in the series. For instance, did you enjoy “Setsuna” from the first OST?
Setsuna (Gundam 00 OST 1)[audio:11 Gundam00.mp3]
How about supplementing it with the flute version?
Sorrow [audio:16 Gundam002.mp3]
The piano version?
Love Song [audio:21 Gundam002.mp3]
Or strings for good measure?
Separation [audio:22 Gundam002.mp3]
I finally understand how Gundam 00 managed to get away with playing the same theme music three times every single episodes: the creators had around 50 million iterations of it. I can honestly say that I’ll never be able to forget some of songs but I don’t know whether it is out of love of the material or a cause of repetition that has jackhammered the tunes into my head.
Considering that any one of the numerous remixes of “Setsuna” left a greater impression on me than many of the other songs, I wonder why the others couldn’t have been just as good.