Xtra Special Music Post!
Ssshhhh!!! It’s here.
My order was supposed to arrive earlier but the EMS parcel got held up at the Post because of the extra long weekend National holidays. But I have it now. I love the shiny black casing housing the CDs in a folded booklet form. The crest-like design on the case cover is awesome. My favourite though is the Phantomhive Crest design at the back of the case. It’s intricately gorgeous. Gold on black certainly stood out. I want to scan it and incorporate it into my Kuro banner design for tBP. Yay for the BB sticker featuring Yana’s new illustration. Well, the HQ scans of that image is all over the Kuroshitsuji fandom ever since the ost was posted online a couple of days after its official release. The booklet layout and design is a plus too. I can say that the overall packaging is rather classy and hassle free. Alrighty, enough of me gushing over my collectible. Review gab below the image cut.
Album Title: Kuroshitsuji Sound Complete Black Box
Music Direction: Iwasaki Taku
Artists: SID, BECCA, Kalafina, Ono Daisuke
Category: Animation Soundtrack
Date Released: 26-Aug-2009
Ayu comments on the music…
The first thing that came to mind when I first saw the track list was the number of German titles for the scores…heavy on the Germanic influence. I was curious as to which bgm were the ones that have got the German titles. And to think of the series as pro-English but then again, England’s royal family are of German descent, therefore the connection is valid.
At this point in time, I’m still going through the CDs and giving all the tracks a proper listen, obviously recalling the scenes to which they were featured in. So this commentary is kind of manic and all over the place. 😛 But right off the bat, La Gardenia wowed me. It was featured quite a few times in the anime that it became one of the most memorable themes used. The Butler is another prominent theme which stood out and it is one of Sebastian’s ominous theme. So what’s the other one…easy peasy, ‘The Dark Crow Smiles’. Omg, Eugene speaks. Lots of Gregorian chant. Wot…Viennese waltz too…lolz.
Ah, Ciel’s theme is sooo saaaad. I like how he pass-on in the anime but seeing as the 2nd Season is official, he’ll probably be revived and remained alive…so, the tragedy fades a little. Liking the Jazz imbued tracks as well particularly Jazzin’ which reminds me of Charlie Trotter jazzin’ in his kitchen…all I can think of is food and Sebas-chan cooking. Home Again is so nostalgic but tragic as well…as in Madam Red reminiscing and then dying later. But the most moving scene ever in the entire series has got to be Madam Red’s funeral scene. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to hear a clean version of the featured bgm and Omg, the actual score is absolutely beautiful and ironic at the same time…Iwasaki is just brilliant with that piece and its variation which conveys the essence of the scene so well. Another one I fancy is Si deus me relinquit, a theme that’s full of melancholy, solemnity and drama, another brilliant and moving Iwasaki composition for the anime. Ningou no kan is suitably spooky…reminds me of the Chucky-like dolls coming to life.
Oh yes…who can forget the interesting Indian music used for the ‘Curry Arc’ incorporating the Sitar and tabla instrumentation along with the Indian vocal chant. Jyo Agya brings to mind A.R Rahman’s compositions for Slumdog. Liking the bhangra beats on ‘The Right Hand of God’…made me laugh cos that’s like Agni’s theme and I can totally imagined Agni doing the bhangra dance to this theme and Soma trying to get everyone else to dance along.
I saw a small wild flower in the barren field and I thought that it is lonely by itself, like it was somehow misplaced in the world but at the same time, it gave me hope…aaahhh… the oriental *erhu* solo for this piece is so gorgeous, feels like a little butterfly is seeking solace in that little bright spot amidst the hopelessness… I dub it Lau’s theme…Lau ain’t dead. Just don’t let the German title fool you. A gleam in the distance conveys a feeling of resignation, accepting fate…though not as sorrowful as Madam Red’s theme, this piece is another sad and poignant composition especially with that vivid recollection of Ciel’s departing scene. Wah, Stella Mystica sounds very arty, like Marlene Dietrich…I can’t place which episode this was featured in or was it ever featured. I think I need to go and marathon the series again. 😛
Considering the fact that Kuroshitsuji ended a while ago, its music leaves a rather strong imprint on my mind because they are uniquely interesting. I can recall most of the bgm that was used and I have more likes than dislikes. Iwasaki Taku’s compositions were very effective in conveying the scenes and situations in the anime which made them memorable. His incorporation of the delicate mix of musical flavours complements instead of clash. He definitely brought about an interesting and refreshing musical direction for the anime and made Kuroshitsuji’s soundtrack a stunning winner. There were some pretty good soundtracks released this year but thus far, I definitely feel Kuroshitsuji’s OST tops all other Soundtracks releases at this stage.
And I’m still going through the tracks. Funny how I keep coming back to Lau’s theme. ..it’s like the 5th time I’ve played it at the time of making this post. Madam Red’s came in second. The *erhu* has gotten to me even though the viola is lovely too. Sigh…Time for me to dream of butterfly dreams.
Here endeth Ayu’s winding, rambling impression of Kuroshitsuji Sound Complete Black Box. *Gushes* I love my Black Box. (^w^)
01. Nigram Clavem
03. 坊ちゃんに紅茶とスコーンを Master of Tea and Scones (^o^)
04. Die Hasen!
05. La gardenia
06. 執事たるもの shitsuji taru mono
07. 裏社会の秩序 ura shakai no chitsujo
08. The butler
09. Coffin man
10. The Dark Crow Smiles
12. Faint smile
15. Home Again
16. 英国の闇 eikoku no yami
17. 二度と戻らない大切な… nidoto modora nai taisetsu na
18. 王手を Oute o Checkmate
19. Wie schon!
20. マダム・レッドの思い出に～1レディ・レッド In memory of Madam Red – Lady in Red
21. 2リコリスの色 rikorisu no iro Colour of licorice
22. a diabolic waltz
23. Intermission:Sebastian Michaelis Version
01. Intermission:Ciel Phantomhive Version
02. Si deus me relinquit
03. 人形の館 ningyou no kan Doll House
04. リジー Lizzy
05. The Stranger from India
06. ジョー・アーギャー Jyo Agya
07. “神”に仕えし者 kami ” ni tsukaeshi sha
09. The right hand of God
10. small wild flower
11. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
12. Never More
13. 誇り高き女王の狗 hokori takaki joou no inu
14. The Dark Crow Smiles[remix]
15. Call thy name,”Stella Mystica”
16. A Gleam in the distance
01. モノクロのキス – シド
02. I’m ALIVE! – ベッカ
03. Lacrimosa – Kalafina
04. 貴方の声 ~が色褪せようとも、盟約の歌がその胸に届きますように。 セバスチャン(小野大輔)
05. 月の雨 ~セバスチャン(小野大輔)