2008 Lawrence Tuczynski

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Title Mobile Police Patlabor Image Soundtrack Album Volume 2: Intercept
CD Label Columbia Music Entertainment/ Warner Music Japan Inc.
CD Number COCX-33528
Music by: Kenji Kawai
Number of tracks 18
Running time 44:17
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture February 15, 2006

REVIEW

June 07, 2008

Review by John M Emmons

This is the second volume in a series of re-released albums of music from the Patlabor series. In this volume, you will find music from episodes four through six of the OVA series in 1988.

The album starts with a rousing number that would probably be more at home on an Ultraman soundtrack. The song, full of upbeat brass and timpani, reminds me of classic Tohru Fuyuki. It's followed up by a tense piece with the more familiar sounds of electric guitars and synthesizers that we've come to expect from Kenji Kawai.

The overall production is a little more developed than the previous album. There are still a few tracks like "Steel Arrow" that sound like they came from a video game, but the increased use of real instruments like strings and woodwinds help to downplay the synthesizer aspect.

Originally, I wasn't planning on purchasing this volume, but I'm glad that I finally did. Its kitschy '80s vibe makes it superior to its predecessor, and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Mobile Police Patlabor Image Soundtrack Album Volume 2: Intercept
English track title translations courtesy of http://www.patlabor.info/audiojapan.htm

  1. The Glorious SV2 (2:46)
  2. Prevision (2:36)
  3. Go Ahead Ingram! - Performed by Miina Tominaga (3:36)
  4. Steel Arrow (2:07)
  5. The Pursuers (2:18)
  6. Tragedy of L (2:18)
  7. Die Captain Gotoh! (1:47)
  8. NOA (3:23)
  9. Marching at Dawn (1:24)
  10. Escape (1:02)
  11. The Song of the SV2 (2:45)
  12. Winter (1:49)
  13. Carefree People (1:17)
  14. Ingram (3:01)
  15. Deductions (2:09)
  16. Revolution (1:52)
  17. The Longest Day of the SV2 (3:20)
  18. Believe Yourself Again - Performed by Hiroko Kasahara (4:17)