Record of the Rose Egg SOFIA!
Tamago Sosei Roku SOFIA - Chuusei yo Yomigaere! -
Utinam Reviviscat Medium Aevum!
Record of the Rose Egg SOFIA! -Middle Ages Revive!
- Utinam Reviviscat Medium Aevum
Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 7 (Chorus Album)
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-467
Release Date: 6-25-99 (June 25th, 1999)
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.
CD is basically an image album of Seazer's work. Four
tracks appear on other CDs in different forms, but
for all rights and purposes, this is all new material,
and it's found no where else in the soundtracks. Aside
from the name and the four previously mentioned tracks,
there seems to be no connection at all between the
songs and Shoujo Kakumei Utena. You are of course free to draw connections
between the series and movie and the typically haunting
lyrics, as you may find it somewhat unavoidable.
01. Revival Record of Rose Egg (3:51)
02. Astragalous Earth Backgammon (4:31) (TRANSLATION) *
03. Historical Watchtower [Desert of Letters] (5:59)
04. The Solitary Existence of the Petite Universe: A
History (5:52) (TRANSLATION) *
05. Cradled in the Grave of the World - In the Hands
of the World (6:08) (TRANSLATION) *
06. Water Drop that Means the Universal Origin (5:38) *
07. The Oceanic Moon Dies in Indigo (5:27) (TRANSLATION) *
08. Absolute Delusion [Das Erotica] (6:20) (TRANSLATION) *
09. Deforume-Dejyaboo (4:16) *
10. Reminiscence Performance (5:47) *
11. Shura - Corporal Constellation aYz Nebula (6:10) *
12. We Who Have Cast Ourselves Aside Become Fallen Angels
(8:29) (TRANSLATION) *
13. Revive! Infinite History [Medium Aevum] (6:28) *
* Translations of these tracks are available at this awesome Spanish website (the translations are in English!)
and Inside of Case
Obi (spine card)
Score: 9.5 of 10
This is my absolute favorite
Utena CD, but admittedly, it's an acquired taste. With
few exceptions, this CD is completely new material that
has nothing to do with Utena. No character associations,
no bias, just Seazer in all his glory. When I first
bought this CD, I got it with four other Utena soundtracks,
and one listen to it and it was shelved for weeks. When
I finally gave it a second run through, I was in love.
These tracks are more
experimental than the original duel choruses were. They're
longer, and because they aren't meant to backdrop duels,
they don't usually have the same frenzy; the rhythms
are slower and the vocals are more relaxed. There's
a strong Middle Eastern/Arabian feel to many of the
songs here, and Seazer makes frequent use of sound bytes.
You never do hear waves crashing in any of the duels.
These two factors account almost entirely for the experimental
feel the CD has—rest assured there's no mistaking
it for anything but Seazer.
Four songs appear on other
CDs, but are never exactly the same track, and personally,
the best of each is here. "Astragalous Earth Backgammon"
has a karaoke version on soundtrack six, and "Revival of the
Rose Egg SOFIA", "Shura - Corporal Constellation aYz
Nebula", and "Revive! Infinite History [Medium Aevum]"
are all early versions of songs that appear in the Utena
movie. The opening, Juri's duel, and Saionji's duel
respectively. "Revive! Infinite History [Medium Aevum]"
in particular shines here.
"The Oceanic Moon Dies
in Indigo" manages to make sound bytes of carnival music
sound haunting. The eight and a half minute epic "We
Who Have Cast Ourselves Aside Become Fallen Angels"
is rife with just the kind of wacky referential symbolism
we all love Seazer for. There's even room for slower,
heavy pieces like "The Solitary Existence of the Petite
Universe: A History" and the absolutely strange (but
not surprisingly, sexy) "Absolute Delusion [Das Erotica]".
A person who likes Seazer's
music because of association to the duels they complement
(ie. Miki's my favorite character! Spira Mirabilis ROCKS!)
should probably stay away from this CD. But for people
who were listening to the latter duel choruses months
before they actually saw them, this CD is for you.