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This review is from: Cowboy Bebop Blue (Audio CD)
Cowboy Bebop was always known for its music and this album is the phenomenal crowning point of Yoko Kanno and the seatbelts, containing both the pumping, funky jazz they are known and respected for in addition to the high euphoric classical pieces that ooze emotion and never stop being anything short of triumphs. The whole album fits in so much, but never feels crowded or over done, each track just layered enough to feel full and tight.
Even if you haven't watched the series, the album stands firmly on its feet as a piece of musical brilliance.
1. "Blue" is the opener here, a heart wreching ballad of beauty slowly climbing higher and higher, evoking everything needed about the series. Connotations of the brilliant ending aside, it is a fine and powerful track.
2. "Words That We Couldn't Say" is a slower, calmer ballad, a little more subdued that "Blue" but still containing that deep longing and heartbreak of the album, with some cool backing beats to the soft lyrics.
3. "Autumn in Ganymede" pure jazz gold hear, the funkiest track on the album save...
4. "Mushroom Hunting" a feel-good masterpiece of funk, jazz, bongos and silliness, getting you grooving from the get-go.
5. "Go Go Cactus Man" is a tribute to Ennio Morricone and evokes all of the spirit of the old West, complete with whistling and a great use of the percussion section.
6. "Chicken Bone" a simple and funky, squeaky little tune that bops along quite nicely.
7. "The Real Man" raw power lies in this one, a purely instrumental piece that makes heavy use of the bass and drum sections to slam home to you, racing onwards and pumping adrenaline.
8. "N.Y Rush" more back to basics Jazz, probably the most old school of the bunch, a lot like Dave Brubeck.
9. "Adieu" a soft tune that wouldn't be amiss in film noir, sung by the beautifully voiced Emily Bindinger
10. "Call Me Call Me" one of the very best tracks on the album and certainly the second best lyrical piece after "Blue". Complex, yet simple, as well as layered and smooth, it doesn't jar at all after the previous offerings despite sounding almost like the most conventional of them all. Difficult to describe without repeating myself.
11. "Ave Maria" an odd choice, all things considered in the album, but it works, like everything else. Anthony Inglis sings and is just brilliant.
12. "Stella by Moor", a short track at only 1:08, so there isn't much to say. But it's still nice
13. "Flying Teapot" a high soaring and happy number with bright lyrics and a great piano backing.
14. "Wo Qui Non Coin" definitely the most Japanese of the bunch, it's a little difficult to describe and even get into, but after a few listens, I stopped skipping it and accepted it with the rest of the album and enjoyed its quirky feel
15. "Road to the West" a nice blue saxaphone number, returning to the sadness.
16. "Farewell Blues" back to basics Jazz once again. The sort of thing that would play in a late night jazz club.
17. "See You Space Cowboy" the ending theme. Just listen.
Sorry for all the rambling and repetition, but this album is just perfect, there wasn't a dud among them. Well worth a listen.