Rhythm and Police - Original Soundtrack IV/The Movie 2
International Title
 Bayside Shakedown 2
Music By: Akihiko Matsumoto
Record Label: Universal
Running Time: 43:21 Discs: 2
Release: July 2003 CD Number: UMCK-9527
Anthony Romero
This is the first soundtrack for the extremely successful film Bayside Shakedown 2. The best track on this release is easily the 2003 version of "Rhythm and Police", a tune which people who aren't even familiar with Bayside Shakedown are probably well versed in due to its appearance in some of the Dance Dance Revolution video games. However, the 2003 version of this cue is hardly the best, so there isn't much incentive to get it for this alone. Sadly, nothing much else about this briskly running CD clicks with the listener either, as the techno style vibe to the other tracks tend to get very repetitive and lose the listener long before their runtime finishes. A couple of them, like the alternate mix to "G-Groove", are pleasant in small doses though. As for the actual score selection, like "Murder", the few of these that are included tend to have a Native American type of chant style to them, and will likely be hit or miss depending on the listener's preference to this style of music. One thing that shouldn't go unnoted about this disc, though, is the inclusion of the vocal track "Search Out", which is a rap song done in English. Predictably, though, the song is fairly painful to endure once let alone multiple times, and I can only imagine that it would be more tolerable when the listener has no idea what he's saying.

As for the second disc in this release, it's actually a DVD that features a brief behind the scenes look at Bayside Shakedown 2. Before watching it, I had considered placing it up as its own separate review, but honestly the footage is only two minutes long without any menus or anything. Really the DVD is such a waste when all is said and done, and I can't imagine someone even going through the effort of watching it more than once. Overall, the best thing about this release is the "Rhythm and Police" song, which is found elsewhere, so there really is little reason to get this set while those looking for stuff from Bayside Shakedown 2 would be better suited in just picking up volume "V" (UMCK-4054) from this series.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Wangan Taro
  2. Rhythm and Police 2003 (B.T.R.B. Version)
  3. Cold Eyes
  4. Shinjyo (Acid Beat Mix)
  5. G-Groove (Alternate Mix)
  6. Murder
  7. Moon Light (Deep Mix)
  8. Love Somebody (Piano Dub)
  9. Ding Dong (Tribal Beats Mix)
  10. Love Somebody (Jesus Version 2003)
  11. Search Out (Def Funky Mix)
  12. Rainbow Bridge