Hisaishi commits a slight misfire with this score
for the 1997 production of Parasite Eve.
The score isn't bad, but there isn't much to praise
about this disappointingly short release. Most of
the themes at least work well enough, with a majority
of them being on the soothing or creepy side, barring
the sole exception of the more action based "Explosion"
track. The main "EVE" theme is a little
repetitious, and works better as a karaoke track,
found here as a "Piano Version." Fans of
the composer might be interested in this release for
a departure from style for Hisaishi. There are his
trademark piano solos here, but also a lot of electronic
and synthesized work with stuff such as "Choral".
The overall feel is a lot more subdued and smaller
than what many are probably used to for the larger
orchestras that he had at his disposal for his Anime
Unfortunately, at a running time of only 27 minutes
this soundtrack is, as mentioned before, incredibly
short. The entire score for the film, presented in
an extended "album" format, is included,
but it sadly still doesn't excuse the incredibly brisk
runtime. Again, the disc isn't a poor release, but
unless found at a budget price it's hard to merit
picking it up.