Shoumetsu Toshi Original Soundtrack Vol. 2

 Shoumetsu Vol. 2 Album Title:
Shoumetsu Toshi Original Soundtrack Vol. 2
Record Label:
noisycroak Records
Catalog No.:
Release Date:
November 26, 2014
Buy at Amazon Japan


Shoumetsu Toshi is a mobile game that features compositions from Hideki Sakamoto’s noisycroak team, specifically Hiroyoshi Kato and Yasuhiro Kawagoe. The style of music ranges from acoustic to electronic, with a large focus on the latter. Split into two volumes, Shoumetsu Toshi Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 and Shoumetsu Toshi Vol. 2 include the music for the game, as well as bonus arrangements. How does the soundtrack for the second volume turn out?


The album opens with ” I miss you baby (Music Box Version),” which is a straightforward orgel rendition that captures the essence of the melody quite nicely. In this volume, there is a strings rendition of “Eternity” that is quite beautiful as well. There isn’t as much hybrid music on this volume, but “The bells” is an orchestra driven dance tune with, as one might surmise, a lot of bell usage. It’s an enjoyable tune, but doesn’t really stand out much. One of the bonus arrangements, “About Us (Arrange Version),” retains the jazzy atmosphere of the original, but is a more fleshed out tune with solo sections as well as some sultry vocal work as well.

The electronic tunes mirror those found in the first volume of the soundtrack. “Punk” is most like “Satellite,” but is slightly more engaging on the whole while “Reborn” mirrors “Wizard” with its intense 90’s  rave death techno sound. “Neverland” is a beautiful piano driven dance tune with a ton of ethereal atmosphere and, like “Avalon,” is the highlight of this particular volume. “Now I feel U” is a fun and bubbly electronic tune with a cute piano melody and plucked strings. The vocal tune for this album is “You and Me,” which mirrors stylistically “I miss you baby” from the first volume. It, like its counterpart, is an extremely strong piece with fantastic energy and wonderful melody. The two other bonus tracks on the album are extended versions of both of these vocal tunes and are the more definitive versions.


In the end, Shoumetsu Toshi Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 is much stronger volume than its counterpart. There are more engaging tunes and the bonus tunes are quite nice with only a couple tracks that might not stand out as well as the others. As with the first volume, due to the focus being more on the electronic side of the spectrum, fans of noisycroak’s traditional sound might not be enticed to purchase it, but those who enjoy electronic music might find something to enjoy here.

Shoumetsu Toshi Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 Don Kotowski

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Posted on April 10, 2015 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on April 10, 2015.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.

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