Last Christmas - Original Soundtrack
International Title
 Last Christmas
Music By: Takashi Kako
Record Label: Sony Music
Running Time: 61:40 Discs: 1
Release: August 1992 CD Number: ESCA-5602
Anthony Romero
This is the soundtrack to writer/director Yoshimitsu Morita's early 1990's film Last Christmas. Despite what the movie's title might suggest, this CD doesn't really have a holiday vibe to it. In fact, it's kind of a mish-mash of styles from the 1980's and 1990's, ranging from Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to Julio Iglesias' "Volver A Empezar". So not only is there a multitude of genres present, but also an assortment of different languages. Unfortunately, the breadth of musical styles make this disc hard to suggest, since it's so unlikely that everything will be appeal to the same listener. There is a slight tilt toward American pop from the 1980's, though, with "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire and the already mentioned Lauper song, so it might find an audience there.

As for the Japanese vocal tracks, they are decent. "Ihojin", by Saki Kubota, would definitely be one of the better ones, as it does have a light hearted quality to it that makes it an enjoyable listen. In fact, it's not so much that there is a bad song here from the Japanese artists, save the fairly lackluster "Machikado Twilight", but that none of them truly standout as an exceptional experience.

In terms of the non-vocal tracks, there really isn't much to this release. There is eleven minutes of music present from Takashi Kako's score, but this is divided amongst only two tracks, with the second being a synthesized take of the first. To be fair, the theme, "Souvenirs Du Future", isn't bad, it does have a nice soothing quality to it, but it's not very memorable all the same.

Overall, this disc is a pretty mixed bag, but it does grow on the listener with time. In fact, I sat down to write this with the intention of giving it a 1.5, before continued listens gradually changed that to a more mediocre 2.5 in the end. Again, this CD is going to be a tough sell with its "shotgun blast" like focus on different styles, but tracks like "Ihojin" do grant it some redeemable qualities.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Last Christmas
    By: Wham!
  2. Souvenirs Du Future (Strings Version)
  3. Ihojin
    By: Saki Kubota
  4. Machikado Twilight
    By: Shanels
  5. Volver A Empezar (Begin the Beguine)
    By: Julio Iglesias
  6. Let's Groove
    By: Earth, Wind & Fire
  7. Who Can it Be Now?
    By: Men At Work
  8. Time After Time
    By: Cyndi Lauper
  9. Standard Number
    By: Yoshitaka Minami
  10. Soshite Boku Wa, Toho Ni Kureru
    By: Yoshiyuki Ohsawa
  11. Words Get in the Way
    By: Miami Sound Machine
  12. Roman Hiko
    By: Kome Kome Club
  13. Souvenirs Du Future (Synthesizer Version)
  14. Last Christmas (Music Box Version)
    By: Linze