Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Yuzo Koshiro
Takeshi Yanagawa, Osamu Murata, Ryuji Iuchi
vocals Yumiko Yamamoto
music Ryuji Iuchi
arranger Nobuhiko Kashiwara
Yu Suzuki's mega-budgeted,
genre-making epic, Shenmue is scored by two highly notable veterans.
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and Yuzo Koshiro, are in top form and ably
assisted by some less familiar names.
Asian influenced music possesses an element of elegance derived
from the subtle role of the piano. Mr. Mitsuyoshi also utilizes
a male chorus with interesting effect, especially in contrast
to the hip, electronic background music.
Yuzo Koshiro contributes
three songs to this 2-disc set. The first two pieces ( disc 1)
are reflective piano themes that leave the impression of tenderness
and passion. Koshiro's only tune on disc two is a wild in your
face hip hop jam.
Another ancient Corp.
composer, Tekeshi Yanagawa, has created a couple of stirring cues
that will send shivers down your spine.
The workhorses for the
Shenmue soundtrack, Osamu Murata and Ryuji Iuchi, expertly use
electronics to create catchy melodies that whisk the listener
away too far off places.
The pop song "Wish," co-written
by Ryuji Iuchi and Yumi Asada (T's music), is a pleasant song,
although a little long, but nicely sung by Yumiko Yamamoto.
Shenmue is an adventure
in discovering oneself worth. The music by these fine composers
helps create the humanity of this digital entertainment.
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