Soundtrack (Film)
Katamari Damacy soundtrack


5.0
classic

Review

by Kevin K USER (57 Reviews)
April 1st, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The biggest star in the sky.

So what is a katamari?

A katamari is a mysterious mass that can pick up everyday objects and items just by rolling over them, almost magnetically. It looks like a puppy’s chew toy when naked, but after picking up hundreds of objects and having them stick to it, its aesthetic is simply out of this world. It becomes a spherical collage of things you can call ordinary (and some things not so ordinary), but altogether, the paraphernalia-coated katamari is anything but ordinary.

When in the presence of a katamari, you are most likely pushing it around to create large clumps of garbage to substitute for broken stars (courtesy of your sexually disturbing father, the King of All Cosmos). You are also most likely the Prince of All Cosmos, a meager, rather pathetic-looking curator of the heavenly skies and one hell of a scapegoat. In the world of Katamari Damacy, all there is to do is roll, roll, and roll until no more rolling can be done. To foster your feeble morale are no king’s men, no gallant celestial knights, and no vivacious, Japanese cheerleaders. You only march on with the majestic grandeur of Namco’s wonderfully quirky soundtrack and all the clumps of fun that stick to it.

Now, Katamari Damacy’s soundtrack is filled with many original and surreal songs that are all good in their own ways, but the face of the game’s music is the theme, “Katamari on the Rocks”. What “Katamari on the Rocks” achieves goes beyond simply being an excellent song; its greatest strength is being the nucleus to an expertly cohesive soundtrack, tying everything together, and blowing up the premise of Katamari Damacy to a grand, nirvana-like spiritual experience. It is the face of the video game itself, and the face of every strength the soundtrack wields.

With that said, I would like to let you know now that the video game isn’t needed here. It certainly makes the soundtrack complete, but the soundtrack here still makes a beautiful album all on its own. This is mostly because, save for a few tracks, the soundtrack here isn’t composed of ambient background songs that loop a few times then fade out. These are full songs, written by formal musicians prominently from Japan (and yes, most of the lyrics are Japanese) and a few experts from the video game genre. The songs can stand on their own very well, and there’s a great amount of variety despite the aforementioned cohesiveness.

Musical styles range from minimal electronic compositions, to J-pop, jazz, and a few cross genres that feel completely unique. One such track is “Cherry Blossom Color Season”, one of the best tracks on the album, featuring soaring violins, acoustic guitar strumming, and oddly effective kiddy vocals and chants. It sounds bizarre, and no doubt it is, but if you think that’s a bad thing you’re looking up the wrong album here. Quirkiness, eccentricities, some absurdities (“WANDA WANDA”) and the like are the main appeal here. In the case of the distant “Angel Flavor’s Present” (or “Angel’s Gift”), the sonic soundscape is so out of this world that it could have only been made for this soundtrack. Some songs are more straightforward with their various genres, but that nothing here feels out of place or not an essential piece of the greater puzzle is what gives Katamari Damacy’s soundtrack its powerful punch.

So here’s the complete package: a potpourri of different familiar items, some you may interact with on an everyday basis, some unique aesthetic collages, but no matter how you look at it, it’s something out of this world and ultimately blows your mind. Sounds a bit like a katamari, doesn’t it? Perhaps the ultimate factor that makes this soundtrack stand alone from the game Katamari Damacy is because with it, you already have a katamari. Was this the composers’ goal from the beginning? Who knows, but with it there’s nothing left to do but keep rolling, rolling, and rolling.



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WashboardSuds
March 31st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is it, my favorite album of all time. comment/rate and enjoy

I see a hiatus in my future though

Katamari on the Rocks -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR7nX76eRiI
Lonely Rolling Star -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_QydNXI_ok
Moon and the Prince -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUJeiEva0Hw
Cherry Blossom Colour Season -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Em8ks1acP8
Katamaritaino -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvu2amKcO-8&feature=related
Angel Flavor's Present -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_T16wbFx_k

WashboardSuds
March 31st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

of course

Lambda
March 31st 2012


2428 Comments


I love this game

WashboardSuds
March 31st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

me too

livingisland
March 31st 2012


527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I KNOW YOU LOOVE ME

EverythingEvil2113
April 1st 2012


1279 Comments


holy hell i remember this game

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


10211 Comments


Very very well-written

Katamari is hearted by me

WashboardSuds
April 1st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thank you sir

vanderb0b
April 1st 2012


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review for an excellent album. Still play this game frequently, though I never got around to checking out the sequels.

mikeg1992
April 1st 2012


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never has video game music made me so happy.

WashboardSuds
April 1st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

^ this soundtrack puts me in a great mood pretty much every time I hear it

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2012


23845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you are a hero.

Ethics
September 21st 2012


4112 Comments


Incredible review. I remember playing this game once and loving the music immediately. Thanks for reminding me about it, I'll check out the soundtrack.

WashboardSuds
September 21st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hell yeah, one of my favorite soundtracks and games.

mikeg1992
September 21st 2012


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man, every time this thread gets bumped I smile like a buffoon. Best soundtrack ever, people.

WashboardSuds
September 21st 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I smile like a buffoon anytime I hear Cherry Blossom Color Season

Ethics
September 26th 2012


4112 Comments


Best soundtrack: DKC2

but this is prettyyyy goood

WashboardSuds
September 26th 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

good call on dkc2

DarthMann
September 27th 2012


13815 Comments


lonely rolling star rules



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