Title: Studio Ghibli Songs
Performed by: Various
Distributor: Studio Ghibli Records
Original Japanese Price: 3,059•
Suggested Import Price (SRP): £22.99
Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
If you have ever seen any film by Studio Ghibli then
you have undoubtedly had the music stuck in your head for hours after watching
the film. Often this could be seen as a bad thing as the music could
potentially become annoying, but this is thankfully something which I have never
found with any film by Studio Ghibli and Studio Ghibli Songs
compiles the main themes from every film on one CD.
Opening with the gentle pop theme to Nausicaš
and closing with the haunting theme to
Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli Songs contains a wide range of
genres throughout it's 16 tracks which each represent exactly what makes
Ghibli films so memorable. Fun, drama, comedy and relaxation are
themes which come up time again whilst listening to this collection, and yet
each track manages to remain uniquely individual.
Highlights of this compilation include the catchy theme to
Totoro, the gentle Japanese rendition of the country classic Country Roads,
the poignant theme to Grave Of The Fireflies (There's No Place Like Home)
and the beautiful theme to Only Yesterday. Also included is the
excellent pop ballad On Your Mark, a theme to which Hayao Miyazaki
created the animated music video for, as well as the catchy themes to Kiki's
Delivery Service and Laputa.
Overall Studio Ghibli Songs is a CD which will raise mixed emotions every
time you listen, just like watching a film by said studio. It is graceful,
childish and grown-up all at the same time which makes it a unique purchase and
a unique compilation.