|Angelic Creation, Namely, Light
Original Gasshoukyokushuu Tenchi Souzou Sunawachi
Original Chorus Album: Angelic Creation, Namely, Light
Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 4
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-389
Release Date: 2-4-98 (February 4th, 1998)
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.
Release in the United States
This CD was released in the US, but the distributor ceased release shortly after due to bankrupty. :(
Release Date: 1-3-06 (January 3rd, 2006)
Released by: Pioneer / Geneon
Item Number: PIO 5290-2
twelve tracks of this CD consist largely of "remixes",
if you will, of favored duel choruses. Thrown in to
spice it up are "Missing Link", "Adolescence
Apocalypse" (which is a track I can't readily
explain) and a special karaoke version of the version
of "Angelic Creation, Namely, Light" that
appears on this disc. These remixes have a more live,
symphonic feel, reflecting closely the sound of the
Akio and Apocalypse Arc duels. Many of the songs are
also given extensions to make them longer. Also of
note: the version of "Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse"
that is on this CD is the one played in the Akio/Apocalypse
Arcs, and is also on soundtrack two.
01. Last Evolution (2:15)
02. Paleozoic Within the Body (4:28)
03. Earth as a Character Gallery (3:08)
04. Missing Link (4:26) (TRANSLATION)
05. No One Has Anything to Tell (4:15)
06. Prophecy of W (2:00)
07. Utopian-Past-Tense Incantation (2:37)
08. Spira Mirabilis Theatre (3:06)
09. Adolescence Apocalypse (3:51)
10. The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse with Universal
11. Angelic Creation, Namely, Light (2:17)
12. Angelic Creation, Namely, Light (Karaoke) (2:16)
CD and Inside
Score: 7.0 of 10
Like soundtrack seven, this CD is
really for Seazer fans only. There're only twelve tracks,
and virtually no new material. Instead, you get re-recordings
of several of the most popular Seitokai and Black Rose
duels-I'd say remix but that tends to insinuate there's
techno involved. These are recordings of Seazer's 'band',
and so sound more like, well, a band. The originals
sounded very mixed and studio edited, where these have
a more raw, chaotic feel. As mentioned above, they match
very closely the sound of the Akio and Apocalypse Arc
duels, though in the process of being remixed, they
seem to have slowed down and lost some of their former
frenzy. They also made much longer, some stretching
way out beyond their originals, veering off into strange
musical pieces that have little to do with the tune
that preceded them.
There's not much to say
about the remixed songs, except they're cool. "Paleozoic
Within the Body" is extended for half it's length beyond
the lyrics, finally ending in waves crashing-a sound
Seazer seems to be quite fond of. The extension of "Earth
as a Character Gallery" is really more fun to me than
the actual remix; "No One Has Anything to Tell" and
"Spira Mirabilis Theater" also have long closing runs.
"Angelic Creation, Namely, Light" is the title track,
and it earns both being the CD's namesake and having
an accompanying karaoke version.
If you're only going to
put two completely new pieces of material on a CD, they
better be good. Soundtrack four delivers with "Missing Link",
the final 'duel' chorus of the series. It's not accompanying
an actual duel, so it's much slower (and longer) than
the other Seazer pieces written for the show, but it's
absolutely incredible. You're not going to be able to
sever it from association with the events it accompanies
in the series, though, which is great for some, but
means the song is insta-depression for yours truly.
To add to that, it really is a depressing sounding song.
In fact, I'm listening to it for this review, and now
I'm depressed. Thanks a lot.
The other new track is
"Adolescence Apocalypse", a vocals-free Seazer what-the-hellfest.
The title refers to the movie, and the song feels very
much like it belongs in the movie. Which is to say it's
absolutely strange and bizarre and somewhat random and
lacking in a coherent direction. This isn't to say it's
bad; it's great fun to listen to, but bizarre. It sounds
like the opposite of the rest of the CD, all studio
and editing room.
This CD ranks high up
for me, but I realize a lot of people would consider
it a waste of money. With little new content and no
background music, the CD carries itself on love of the original songs
and a willingness to masturbate furiously over anything
Seazer produces. If that doesn't describe you, skip
to soundtrack five.