I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Akira Yamaoka - Silent Hill Original Soundtracks [1999]

Well, Akira sure didn't waste any time jumping into a creepy feel. 11 tracks in and it's plainly obvious that this is mostly an atmospheric album that uses industrial hits and effects. "Claw Finger" is one of the few tracks to catch my attention. This album would be great to create atmosphere in the background and for falling asleep, but I can't say that it has much artistic merit at all because it's 45 tracks of mostly repeated effects with the occasional sudden punch. Standout tracks: "Claw Finger", "Don't Cry", "Ain't Gonna Run", "Die", and "Silent Hill Pianissimo". Towards the end of the album, the tracks start using more music than effects. However, the album is still too long and has way too much just faffing about for me to enjoy listening to it actively.

Rating: 6


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