|Album Title:||Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt The Original Soundtrack|
|Anime Title:||Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt|
|Artist:||Hoshina Anniversary, TeddyLoid, ☆Taku Takahashi, Jun Sasaki,
Emyli, Booty Bronx, LISA, Mitsunori Ikeda, Debra Zeer,
Kodai of KinKieS, Mariya Ise, Aimee B
|Release Date:||December 29, 2010|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia, iTunes|
|1. Theme for Panty & Stocking||Hoshina Anniversary||0:33|
|2. Immoral Church||TeddyLoid, ☆Taku Takahashi, Kohji Ishii||2:16|
|3. Fly Away||TeddyLoid||4:23|
|4. Daten City||TeddyLoid, Kohji Ishii||0:49|
|5. Beverly Hills Cock||☆Taku Takahashi||1:26|
|6. Pantscada||TeddyLoid, ☆Taku Takahashi||1:59|
|7. Dancefloor Orgy||TeddyLoid||3:33|
|8. D City Rock feat. Debra Zeer||TeddyLoid, Debra Zeer||4:32|
|9. Juice||Jun Sasaki, Arisa Ogasawara||1:04|
|10. EPTM feat. Kodai of KinKieS
(Booty Bronx Remix)
|Hoshina Anniversary, Kodai of KinKieS||4:16|
|11. Cherryboy Riot||TeddyLoid||4:34|
|12. Technodildo||Hoshina Anniversary||4:31|
|13. CHOCOLAT feat. Mariya Ise||Emyli, ☆Taku Takahashi, Mariya Ise,
|14. Theme for Scanty & Knee Socks||TeddyLoid||4:13|
|15. Schranz Chase||Booty Bronx||5:24|
|16. Tenga Step||☆Taku Takahashi||2:53|
|17. See-Through||Hoshina Anniversary||4:47|
|18. Corset Theme||TeddyLoid||4:34|
|19. Champion feat. Emyli||Emyli, ☆Taku Takahashi||4:51|
|20. Fallen Angel feat. Aimee B||LiSA, Mitsunori Ikeda, Aimee B||15:56|
Review: After listening to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt’s soundtrack, I’m rendered absolutely lost since it wanders into unfamiliar musical territory. In looking at my past experiences exploring music out of step with my normal repertoire, I can say that it may take awhile as it did with the funky groove in One Outs’s soundtrack which I grew to love or it can quickly reel me in if it’s as catchy as the oddball Katamari Damacy soundtrack. These soundtracks represented novel listening experiences and I took to them fairly quickly.
So here I am, listening to Panty & Stocking’s soundtrack, and I’m just not feeling it. It contains a random scattershot of music which tilts primarily toward club dance mixes with its pulsating rhythms and electronica, a few tracks with sound effects derived from a cheap porn flick, and some R&B which make up the shortlist of my favorite tracks. This amalgam makes for a unique listen, but unique doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good, especially when some of the tracks on their own feel like a shadow of what they were when you look at how they’re used alongside the art and animation.
The biggest example of a song that possesses a healthy dose of flash and dazzle in the anime, but flails around on a standalone basis is none other than “Fly Away,” which enthralled viewers in the way it went so well with the poledancing transformation sequence. Out of context, the song feels limp and wanting. The screaming electronica, reminiscent of the music you’d find in Air Gear or Jet Set Radio, doesn’t feel full, as if an instrumental channel is missing entirely. I’m also not sure why they muffled the pulsating rhythm towards the end, but it only compounds the lack of fullness. On the whole, its presentation lacks the pizazz the scene possessed and the piece is drawn out for far too long. “Fly Away” only needed to be two minutes of rhythmic fullness rather than four minutes of limpid delivery.
And then there are tracks that are just flat-out in bad taste, which limits the ability for anyone to play this CD straight through in the presence of polite company unless they’ve a witty rejoinder for why they’re even listening to something so raunchy. “Juice” takes it to the most extreme. In a nutshell, it consists of a little over a minute of someone making copulating noises backed by skanky porno music. To say that it’s not my thing is a huge understatement. If I wanted to listen to that, I could just watch porn and so, I’m not sure what the point of that track is. Maybe people get off to that stuff. It’s none of my business; I’ll just avoid it entirely. “Pantscada” isn’t quite as bad as “Juice” since the beginning does have a nice meld of rhythm and energy, but once again, the moans brought about by the mixing in the second half of the track has me shaking my head and reaching for the “next” button.
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The remainder of the album mostly consists of electronica of varying quality. I’m totally fine with “Beverly Hills Cock” since its screaming tones do carry a bearable sort of energy and “Dancefloor Orgy” relies on some heavy mixing to hit its groove that borders upon an industrial sound. The electronica slowly degrades as the album progresses, starting with “EPTM feat. Kodai” which starts out with gusto, but between the gabber and the overuse of autotune, it’s difficult to appreciate the throbbing beat that serves as the backing. By the time “Technodildo,” with its droning distortions and chiptune-y flavor, and “Schranz Chase” roll around, the electronica becomes more like a jackhammer placed between both my temples. Needless to say, the dull thudding doesn’t result in pleasant listens at all.
Dancefloor Orgy[audio:07 panty.mp3]
Amidst all that, there are a few diamonds in the rough and a few actual diamonds. I do find myself engaged by “D City Rock’s” self-centered lyrics which somehow remind me of a funkier “Material Girl” with a more seductive bent to it. “CHOCOLAT” is by far the best track on the album though. The combination of guitars and electronica meld into a trance-y, dreamy tone to back Mariya Ise’s soothing vocals which pack in a sense of charm through its heartfelt, yet ethereal delivery. “CHOCOLAT’s” message resonates well with me even through I haven’t seen the segment where this song is played because its loving sentiments carry an aura of sincerity and innocence which are capable of transcending the anime to reach the listener. Finally, the album closes out with the excellent “Fallen Angel” sung by Aimee B. The song’s touch of regret and forlorn tones win me over with its expression of the isolation the two titular angels must feel as they’re cast down. Aimee B’s delivery is poignant, filled with loneliness and a heartache that yearns for heaven’s embrace, working perfectly as Panty & Stocking’s ED and which, together with “CHOCOLAT,” stick out as the soundtrack’s most notable songs.
CHOCOLAT feat. Mariya Ise[audio:13 panty.mp3]
Fallen Angel feat. Aimee B
To many, this is the one anime soundtrack that they had been waiting for all year. Not for me though. Between my ambivalence for throbbing, pulsating electronica, my distaste for overly-distorted, repetitive synth, porno music, and a predisposition against club music, Panty & Stocking’s soundtrack was facing an uphill battle. Beyond the few tracks that impressed, I’ll cheerfully admit that this album isn’t boring; it’s just not my thing. And with that, I’ll pull out some Valkyria Chronicles II to wipe my mind of this experience, and simply move on.