Appleseed

Various Artists | Appleseed | Sony Music Records SRCP 371~2 | TT:85’02 | 23 Tracks | 2004

Appleseed (or Appurushîdo) sees the world threatened by an impending viral Armageddon just after the end of the third world war. A young female warrior is humanity’s last chance for survival in this impressive Japanese animated film. Based on the ‘manga’ comic by Shirow Masamune, Appleseed is seen as an anime film, but one that doesn’t adhere to the stylistic restraints of that genre, employing 3D animation that mimics a 2D style.

The expansive soundtrack release from Colosseum is spread across two discs, the first being an ‘original soundtrack’ and the second, an ‘original score’. Both are generous in length and exhibit music that is typical of this type of movie.

The score, by Tetsuya Takahashi, is performed by the composer on a synthetic platform and is largely generic and forgettable. The majority of the music is made up of string patches, harp and faux brass, with the odd rhythmic loop to spice things up. The second track sees a more rocky style, aided by a collaboration with members of the band Sleepin’ Johnny Fish. ‘Betrayal’ is by far the most exciting cue with a catchy rhythm and well-administered instrumentation. The highlight of the disc, which sticks out like a sore, but pretty, thumb is ‘Mother’. The cue is piano based and is a sweet ballad-like melody akin to something we might expect from Randy Edelman. Additional vocal patches, along with cello and harp, make this an enjoyable listen.

Disc one, as I said, is the soundtrack selection and we are treated to a funky set by some top artists, including Paul Oakenfold, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Basement Jaxx and Boom Boom Satellites. The tracks are all based around a techno style, with the three tracks by Boom Boom Satellites offering a juicy spattering of Rock. ‘Good Luck’ by Basement Jaxx features vocals by Lisa Kekaula and is probably the most enjoyable track here with its string samples and funked up disco vibe.Appleseed will offer fans of the genre (both filmically and musically) much to enjoy, the soundtrack features some big names and cool sounds, while the score selections act as an extra feature and merely support it.