Bernhardt Feb 9, 2008 (edited Feb 9, 2008)
Opinions on the Katamari soundtracks?
The whole concept of what Katamari is began with the first game and soundtrack; we were introduced to concepts not typically used in video-games, namely J-Pop, and lots of it, beat-boxing, and a whimsicalness the likes of which is usually only found in children's cartoon shows. If you cared about the concept of Katamari at all, this's the one you cared about.
Perhaps this's why the second following Katamari soundtracks (Everybody Loves Katamari / We Love Katamari / Minna Daisuke Katamari - 2005 - and Beautiful Katamari - 2007) didn't sit too well with fans.
Me, what I REALLY liked off of the first Katamari were the jazz compositions: "Crimson Rose and Gin Tonic," "I Want to Roll Around" (especially this one, with the smooth jazz, sexy, sultry female vocals) and "Que Sera Sera." Don't get me wrong, the Katamari main theme, "Moon and Prince," and "Lonely Rolling Star" were also endearing.
But, this's probably why I took to the newer Katamari soundtracks better: my taste of jazz/lounge.
Let's go to Everybody Loves Katamari first.
The stuff that was reminiscent of the first Katamari, well, I thought it sounded retarded: "Introduction," "Katamari on the Rocks," "Kuru Kuru Rock," and "Katamari Holiday." What WERE they THINKING?! Was the director jut like, "Eh, do whatever." Just these few tracks were probably what made people give up on this one so quickly, especially when two of them were at the beginning of the album.
But then "Overture" picks up, and we're treated to a nice, instrumental jazz piano version of the Katamari theme. Then "Katamari on the Swing" comes up, and it's Katamari party-time...swing jazz version, complete with male vocalist! "Everlasting Love" is next, with a peppy, female J-Rock vocalist.
"Blue Orb" and "Beautiful Star" are perfectly spacey instrumental pieces, "Angel's Rain" picks up the sort of French, guitar and accordion style we had in "Beautiful Star," and "Houston" is rife with Bossa Nova style, yet still keeps up the spacey motif.
Now, Beautiful Katamari, has a lot of stylistic similarities with Everybody Loves Katamari, namely with the choice of lounge-style compositions.
I definitely dig the beats and spaciness of "Bless My Stars," along with the sexy, sultry female vocalist and beat-boxing; "Sayonara Rolling Star" has a lot of the same lounge style as the aforementioned track.
A lot of the soundtrack (6 tracks) are instrumental only, and are probably background music for various menus, and all-in-all, it's a short soundtrack to begin with, with only about 10, maybe 11 vocal tracks.
All of that said, Everybody Loves Katamari and Beautiful Katamari are definitely two of my latest favorite soundtracks, hence my need to blather on about them as I have.
I mean, hey, maybe not everybody loves Katamari, but I know I love Katamari, even if you don't! XD