© 2015 Lawrence Tuczynski
All info and cover scan courtesy of John Emmons
|Title:||Kamen Rider W Original Soundtrack|
|CD Label:||Avex Entertainment Inc.|
|Music by:||Kotaro Nakagawa and Shuhei Naruse|
|Number of tracks:||53|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||December 16, 2009|
October 05, 2015
Review by John M Emmons
In Futo, the Windy City, Shotaro Hidari and his mysterious partner Philip investigate crimes involving monsters called Dopant. When things look grim, they combine into Kamen Rider W (Double).
Since Shotaro thinks of himself as a "hardboiled" detective, the music involving him has a jazzy-big band sound reminiscent of old detective movies. This is most evident at the beginning of the album with the main theme for the title character, "We're Two People in One."
Yet, most of the soundtrack retains a contemporary feel and uses elements of rock and techno in concert with the big brass sound. The main theme for the evil Dopants is suitably eerie, and can be heard on a number of tracks including "The Family of Darkness" and "History of Darkness."
The only vocal song on the album is the short version of the opening theme, "W-B-X~W-Boiled Extreme." Despite its odd title, the song is very catchy and fits in with the overall atmosphere of the album.
This album is the first of two volumes released with music from the series. This one contains the main themes that are frequently used throughout the series. Fans of the series won't regret picking this album up.
Kamen Rider W Original Soundtrack (AVCA-29485)