Appleseed - Original Soundtrack
International Title
Music By: Tetsuya Takahashi
Record Label: Tofu Records
Running Time: 47:50/37:22 Discs: 2
Release: January 2005 CD Number: TOF-016
Anthony Romero
This release is packed with content, featuring over 85 minutes of music across two discs, an 18 page booklet on the artists involved and a mini-poster; furthermore, this is all made even more sweet by the low retail cost of $15. As for the music itself, it's kind of mixed though. The first disc is almost entirely vocal work done in English, some featured in the movie or trailers and others just "inspired by ". A few of them, like "Burns Attack" by Paul Oakenfold and "Good Luck" by Basement Jaxx, are quite good. Others, like "Dive for You", are only okay, typically starting off strong before outstaying their welcome before their runtime clicks out. Unfortunately, there are several awful tracks on this disc as well, all of which are positioned at the end of the CD. Of these, "coro" by Ryuichi Sakamoto is easily the worst, as it's four minutes of extremely repetitious electronic music that sounds very harsh to the ears; in fact, I would go as far to say that it's one of the worst tracks I have ever heard on a commercail release.

The second disc is the musical score composed by Tetsuya Takahashi. Overall, Takahashi's compositions are actually very enjoyable, perhaps even more so as a standalone experience than as part of the original 2004 movie. For this soundtrack, Takahashi delivers a number of stand out cues, like "Crossfire" and "Password". It's a solid score all around from the composer, as he produces a very energetic collection of themes while also being successful at melding traditional orchestrations with more "techno" and "new age" kind of digital techniques.

Overall, one of the best "bang for your buck" releases of a Japanese score in the US. The first disc has some interesting cues mixed in its contents, while the second has a pretty stellar score from Takahashi. Combined, this is a pretty recommendable release.
Rating: Star Rating
    Original Soundtrack
  1. Dive for You
    By: Boom Boom Satellites
  2. Burns Attack
    By: Paul Oakenfold
  3. Good Luck
    By: Basement Jaxx & Lisa Kekaufa
  4. One Man Army
    By: T. Raumschmeire
  5. Bump Over Hills
    By: Boom Boom Satellites
  6. coro
    By: Ryuichi Sakamoto
  7. White Car
    By: Atom™
  8. Hand to Phone (Appleseed Version)
    By: Carl Craig vs Adult.
  9. The Dragonfly who Thought he was a Mockingbird
    By: Akufen
  10. Anthem
    By: Boom Boom Satellites
  11. Underdog
    By: Boom Boom Satellites
    Original Score
  1. Appleseed
  2. Exposed
  3. Akumu (Nightmare)
  4. Saikai (Reunion)
  5. Kido (Activate)
  6. Utopia
  7. Betrayal
  8. Mother
  9. Crossfire
  10. Kikan (Return)
  11. Password
  12. New Age