Ice Cream Syndrome
International Title
 Pokémon: Zoroark Master of Illusions
Music By: Sukima Switch
Record Label: Ariola
Running Time: 19:02 Discs: 1
Release: July 2010 CD Number: AUCL-34
Anthony Romero
First, thanks goes to Jessica Stan for sending this in for review!

This disc features the song from the 14th Pokémon film by Sukima Switch. Although more diverse than most singles with three different songs, the disc feels like a miss in terms of content.

The CD features the ending song for Pokémon: Zoroark Master of Illusions as the starring attraction, which also happens to be the best off the disc. The vocal work is more uneven, well quite frankly it's not particularly enjoyable, but compared to the runner ups it shines. Speaking of, the least attractive offering on the disc is "1017 Bar Love Song" as it's pretty meddling and slightly boring, but at least it's not quite as obtrusive as parts of "Ice Cream Syndrome"."Evening Calm" is a little better, which is trying to sound more rustic, and has some nice guitar work, but ultimately falters in the vocal department. Finally, the disc ends with the instrumental version of "Ice Cream Syndrome", which can sometimes be the star of these singles but in this case is too repetitive without the vocals.

Overall, I'm not too impressed with Sukima Switch's work and most should get their fill from the normal soundtrack which already features the song. While there is nothing to hate about the release, it's not something that begs to be revisited.

As a side note, this single was also released in a "regular edition" that features different packaging that removes reference to the Pokémon film but is more or less the same. Given that the limited edition has some pretty awesome stickers with it (featuring Ash, Pikachu, Zorua, Entei, Suicune, Raikou and Celebi) I would be inclined to say it's the better deal unless you are looking for something to subtly hide your Pokémon fandom.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Ice Cream Syndrome
  2. Evening Calm
  3. 1017 Bar Love Song
  4. Ice Cream Syndrome (Backing Track)