Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro: Always With Me / The Name of Life
International Title
 Spirited Away
Music By: Yumi Kimura
Record Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Running Time: 11:18 Discs: 1
Release: July 2001 CD Number: TKCA-72166
Anthony Romero
First, thanks goes to Jessica Stan for sending this in for review!

This single was actually released after the Image Album (TKCA-72100) and the regular soundtrack (TKCA-72165) for the Academy Award winning film Spirited Away debuted. It contains a song from the film and also one new song with an included instrumental version of it. However, like most singles, it's hard to merit purchasing it when the main attraction here is already widely available on the regular soundtrack.

In terms of that repeated content, "Always With Me" was used as the ending theme for the 2001 film and is the centerpiece of this CD. I never found the song unpleasant, per say, but it never managed to win me over either. Oddly enough, the disc doesn't contain an instrumental version of the song. The other content is a new song called "The Name of Life", which is actually an altered version of "Day of the River" from the movie soundtrack. Besides a slightly different tempo, the track features lyrics from Yumi Kimura. That said, the best track on this disc is actually the instrumental version of this piece, although even that doesn't compare to the original "Day of the River" by Joe Hisaishi.

Overall, it's hard to recommend this single, even to diehard fans of the motion picture. Unless you couldn't get enough of Yumi Kimura's end song from the film, this CD is best left skipped. As a side note, this single was also released alongside the other two CDs in a limited "Memorial Boxset" for the movie.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Always With Me
  2. The Name of Life
  3. The Name of Life (Instrumental)