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INFO FILE
Title:
Angelic Layer: Uta to Ongaku no Omoide Section 1
Format:
29 Tracks
41:49 Minutes
Production:
CLAMP
TV Tokyo
Comments:
The tracks are a bit too short.
Overall Rating:
68%

Animefringe Reviews:
Angelic Layer: Uta to Ongaku no Omoide Section 1
By Adam "OMEGA" Arnold

Anything that CLAMP touches is an instant fan favorite and Angelic Layer is no different. Starting as a manga and slowly evolving into a 26 episode anime series, Angelic Layer is CLAMP's answer to Yu-gi-oh. Naturally, a merchandising onslaught would result and Angelic Layer: Uta to Ongaku no Omoide Section 1 is just the thing to stimulate any fan's ears... or maybe not.

Comprised of 29 tracks, section 1's music is predominately focused on whimsical and playful classical melodies that have a everyday feel, much like that of Cardcaptor Sakura. The listener can just close their eyes and imagine what Misaki is doing during any particular track. That does say a lot about the everyday music, and shows how well it fits with the series.

Still, there are other types of tunes on the CD that range from mischievous to downright frenetic and even festive, not to mention the theme songs. Track 7 has this sneaky sound to it, while track 9 is very somber in nature. Track 11 sounds like a slow fight song, track 12 is upbeat and festive, track 17 is tournament based, and track 26 is fast and frenzied.

The biggest problem that I found with this CD is that fact that none of these tracks are longer than two minutes. No, not even the theme songs "Be My Angel" and "The Starry Sky" because these songs are the TV size versions. Maybe that's a good thing though, due to the extremely repetitive nature of the extended versions found elsewhere.

Still, this first CD does have the most important tracks for the show and that is always a plus for anyone who is looking for the title screen music, eye catch tunes, and the episode preview selection. Needless to say, this music might not be everyone's cup up tea if they aren't too keen on listening to slow music because over half of the CD is filled with these kinds of tracks. If you liked the Sakura instrumental tracks, then you'll find a lot to love here.

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