© 2005 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Ultraman Nexus Original Soundtrack 2: The Next Chapter|
|CD Label||Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc. Japan|
|Music by:||Kenji Kawai|
|Number of tracks||50|
|Number of discs||1 CD & 1 Region 2 DVD|
|Year of release/manufacture||March 30, 2005|
I do not own a copy of this CD. All info on this page (except track translations) courtesy of John M Emmons
August 03, 2005
The second volume of Ultraman Nexus Music is divided into two categories. The first half of the album is mainly peaceful and lighthearted pieces, while the second half focuses on foreboding ambient music. Many of the compositions have more emphasis on the synthesizer and can come off sounding like video game music. I found the second half of the album much more interesting to listen to,because of its darker tone compared with the almost childish happy music in the first half.
Most of the themes from the previous album are present in new "piano" or "solo" versions. Surprisingly, there isn't much new monster rampaging or battle music which is a big shame. The few new versions of the Night Raiders theme are very quiet, though the piano version "Each Thought" is a standout piece.
As for the main Nexus theme, "New Beginning" is great track, starting with a quiet version of the theme before quickly reprising "Appearance" (from the first album) and then going into a full-blown version of the theme. The electric guitar version in "Voice to Call" and the track "Full Throttle," which sounds like "Heroic" with a much faster tempo, are also highlights of this volume. There are no opening or closing songs included just like the previous album, but an instrumental version of Fight the Future can be found at the end.
Overall, I'd probably recommend volume one over two because it has a greater diversity of music. Fans of Ultraman Nexus and Kenji Kawai will still pick this, despite it being less energetic than the first, to hear the rest of Kenji Kawai's score for the series. Since I'm a fan of both, I can say that I really enjoyed listening to this volume, and it's a welcomed addition to volume one.
This CD comes with a booklet, a Region 2 DVD, all contained in a bulky jewel case.
Ultraman Nexus Original Soundtrack 2: The Next Chapter |
Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates