A masterful score that will appeal to all.
Reader review by Nick Melton
"Metropolis" was a wonderful movie. That is agreed upon by most everyone. As fits a movie of Metropolis's high caliber, Toshiyuki Honda's soundtrack is also wonderful. It can be listened to by anyone - its styles range from classical to New Orleans jazz. There are some beautiful tracks (for example, "Sympathy"), some exciting tracks ("Run", "Fury"), some tense tracks ("Judgement"), some weird tracks ("El Bombero"), and some fun tracks ("Metropolis", "Going To 'Zone'") thrown in for good measure. Anyone who enjoys both classical and jazz will truly treasure this album.
What makes the album so masterful is its use of the main theme. The main theme appears over and over again, but in many different styles and sometimes masterfully hidden. Thus the majority of the tracks are connected and the listener will become more attached to them. Honda has created a magnificent theme in that it works in every single arrangement of it. It is hard to find a theme that possesses that characteristic, so the soundtrack to Metropolis is a must-buy, just for the theme alone.
The diversity of the tracks is also a pleasure. There is an immediate change of style in the first two tracks. "Metropolis," a light-hearted Dixieland number, is followed by the dark and brooding classical track "Foreboding." For those who enjoy this sort of diversity, this album is a joy.
I can't think of much more to say - if I said any more it would just be ramblings. All I can say is - buy this now. You won't be disappointed.