Very familiar with this from digital download but really wanted a physical copy. Some very beautiful, atmospheric and moving music that can be listened to and enjoyed outside the game itself.
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CLANNAD Original SoundTrack / ゲーム・ミュージック
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Originally composed for the visual novel CLANNAD, and later used for Kyoto Animation’s TV series, this album’s front cover speaks volumes about the musical artistry confined within. Track by track, it takes us through the timeless passage of music with a nostalgic, emotional twinge for unfamiliar and familiar listeners alike. The soundtrack contains an incredible 56 tracks spanning across 3 CDs with a mixture of instrumentals and vocals. The booklet includes the usual lyrics for the vocal pieces, short comments under each track, liner notes from the composers and scores for all vocal songs except Ana. Great value proposition aside, the musical diversity presented will delight fans and ease potential newcomers. Perhaps most importantly, the music is relatable! To mention a few: Soothing, simple piano solos, in the likes of 汐 (Ushio / 1-01) makes for a sweet innocent intro. A dose of bittersweet ballads, Ana (2-15) and 小さなてのひら (Palm of a tiny hand / 2-17) sung mesmerizingly by Lia and riya feels at times almost dreamlike. Gleefully playful melodies like Étude pours les petites supercordes (1-07) and 東風 -afternoon- (Spring wind ?afternoon- / 3-02) portray the upbeat activities of daily life, and not to forget the emotionally heartwarming tracks such as 同じ高みへ (To the same heights / 2-05), which runs in direct contrast to its more depressing cousins 町、時の流れ、人 (Town, Flow of Time, People / 1-04) . The sheer breadth and quality of these compositions make this album a terrific candidate for standalone listening, even if one tends to shy away from “game” music. This can’t be said for many other soundtracks, while they complement the visual novel/motion picture nicely, are unfortunately rather dull to listen to out of context. On a related note, this soundtrack truly shines when viewing Kyoto Animation’s animated work. The various motifs and themes perfectly capture the very essence of each scene, where the music is not merely an audio backdrop but an integral component in shaping the ongoing story. However, I am not gushing praises all over the soundtrack. Since this soundtrack was made with the visual novel in mind before the anime’s inception, some tracks feel like typical filler music frequently used for visual novels: generic and rather forgettable. Still, as a whole, considering the total track count, I am very satisfied. Also note that the third disc contains mostly instrumental reinterpretations and off vocal versions of the tracks found on the previous two discs. My taste in music is relatively simple, I only ask for it to stand the test of time. This was released in 2004, and not only has it held its place throughout the years, it has gradually contributed to enriching my auditory and spiritual experience little by little as I discovered something new or relatable every time I listen to it. To me, good music ages well. Fans of the Dango family will surely be pleased, and much more! For people unfamiliar with this work, I humbly urge you to take the first step and approach this with an open heart and mind, hopefully you will enjoy this every bit as much as I did. Music is what you make of it.
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