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|Title:||Kamen Rider Drive Surprise Future Soundtrack|
|CD Label:||Avex Music Creative Inc.|
|Music by:||Kotaro Nakagawa and Shuhei Naruse|
|Number of tracks:||41|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||August 05, 2015|
January 19, 2016
Review by John M Emmons
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future hit Japanese movie theaters in the summer of 2015 featuring the new evil Kamen Rider Dark Drive along with a glimpse of Drive's successor: Kamen Rider Ghost. Not only did the cast from the television show return for the movie, but also the series' composers: Kotaro Nakagawa and Shuhei Naruse.
With the original composers returning, the soundtrack to the movie does not divert from the established sound of the series. Heavy rock elements usually represent Kamen Riders Drive, Mach, and Chase. Electric guitars are used for battle scenes such as Kamen Rider Mach's battle in "Solitary Mach" or Mach and Drive's battle against Dark Drive in "Something to Protect." Keep in mind that there are quieter pieces like "Father and Child" and "Memories that Follow" that help to balance the album out.
Fans of the series should have no problem recognizing old themes used in "Move Out! Kamen Rider Drive," "Connected to the Future," and "Bye!" There is one new theme that runs throughout the album: the theme for Dark Drive. It's is hinted at in the first track, but is not performed in full until "Dark Drive." It is a dark and ominous theme that seems to overshadow everything else. This theme features heavily in "Enemy From the Future" and "Global Freeze Approaching."
The series' main song "SURPRISE-DRIVE" was used in the movie, but it is not included on this soundtrack. It does, however, have the end credits song, "re-ray." I was not very impressed with "re-ray." The song is only referenced once in the score, so it doesn't have much bearing on the overall album.
Overall, I was really enjoyed listening to this album, and anyone who enjoyed the music from the series should pick up this continuation.
Kamen Rider Drive Surprise Future Soundtrack (AVCD-93155)