Lollipop Chainsaw: Music From the Video Game
|Composed by||Акира Ямаока / Beverly Ross / Christopher Amott / D.R.U.G.S. / Daniel Erlandsson / Five Finger Death Punch / Gary Garcia / Ian Craig Marsh / Jerry Buckner / Julius Dixson / Martyn Ware / Michael Amott / Philip Oakey|
|Published by||WaterTower Music|
|Release type||Game Soundtrack - Official Release|
|Format||1 Digital - 15 tracks|
|Release date||June 12, 2012|
Lollipop Chainsaw, an action game from No More Heroes creator Suda51 and his company Grasshopper Manufacture, is about a cheerleader who fights zombies with the head of her boyfriend (who wisecracks the time in Suda51 fashion) at her hip and a chainsaw in her hand. The game is a light pop confection combining action and humor, and the for the soundtrack, sound director Akira Yamaoka combined licensed songs with an original rock-flavored score, while Jimmy Urine of the band Mindless Self Indulgence contributed boss themes. A 45 minute long soundtrack was released digitally and via Amazon's burned to order service.
About half of the soundtrack is dedicated to licensed music, and the first six songs are an eclectic mixture of styles. Most of these are played for irony, whether the music in question is light pop, ala vocal group The Chordettes' "Lollipop", or heavy metal, like Five Finger Death Punch's "The Way of the Fist" (the sole reason for the album's parental advisory label).
Some of the songs provide accompaniment to a specific level, like the building-climbing minigame and New Wave group The Human League's "Empire State Human" or Buckner and Garcia's Novelty hit "Pac-man Fever", which is played in a level similar to that famous game. Metal songs "Nemesis" by Arch Enemy and "Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups" by D.R.U.G.S. round out the first half of the album.
Akira Yamaoka's half of the score traverses just as wide a variety of styles. The opener "Love for My Insane Lover" is an upbeat pop-punk track, reflecting the personality of the game's protagonist, Juliet. Being constructed around a single riff, it's a little on the repetitive side, but its energy makes it an enjoyable confection.
The Latin percussion used in "Zombie Guts" and "Zombeef Burger" makes for interesting contrast, but the 70s funk/fusion feel of "Mirrorball Madhouse", with its synth lead and backup chorus, stands out far more. Arguably the best track on this release is "Rainbow Zombie Fever!", a driving Latin fusion track with a trumpet solo in the middle.
The shifts of meter in "Zombie Tackle", a metal track predominantly in 6/8, set it apart from the more standard riffs of "Viking Zombies Sail on Lightning Seas". The final two tracks, "Bowel Purge" and "Scattering Guts", provide more of the competent but relatively unexceptional metal heard earlier.
The eclecticism in Lollipop Chainsaw's soundtrack complements the game's ironic and satirical bent perfectly, but as a result, this album release is a mish-mash of styles and genres that never coheres. Furthermore, neither the set of licensed songs nor the score is anywhere near complete, with many prominent pieces left out, not to mention all of the boss music. Finally, the sound quality is quite poor, with every track compressed far beyond reasonable levels. Separate CDs for the licensed music and the score should be released, and either one would be more enjoyable as an album than this half-hearted effort.
Comes with a digital booklet.
Tracks 07~15 by Akira Yamaoka
Written by Julius Dixson & Beverly Ross
Performed by The Chordettes
Lyrics by Angela Gossow
Written by Christopher Amott, Daniel Erlandsson, Michael Amott
Performed by Arch Enemy
"Empire State Human"
Written by Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware, Philip Oakey
Performed by The Human League
"Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups"
Performed by D.R.U.G.S.
"The Way Of The Fist"
Lyrics, Music & Performance by Five Finger Death Punch
"Pac Man Fever"
Written & Performed by Jerry Buckner & Gary Garcia
Анонсирован саундтрек Lollipop Chainsaw
2. Nemesis - Arch Enemy 04:12
3. Empire State Human - The Human League 03:12
4. Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups - Drugs 02:33
5. The Way of the Fist - Five Finger Death Punch 03:59
6. Pac Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia 03:47
7. Love for My Insane Lover - Akira Yamaoka 03:13
8. Zombie Tackle - Akira Yamaoka 03:49
9. Viking Zombies Sail On Lightning Seas - Akira Yamaoka 02:03
10. Zombie Guts - Akira Yamaoka 02:13
11. Zombeef Burger - Akira Yamaoka 02:00
12. Mirrorball Madhouse - Akira Yamaoka 03:24
13. Rainbow Zombie Fever! - Akira Yamaoka 03:18
14. Bowel Purge - Akira Yamaoka 01:48
15. Scattering Guts - Akira Yamaoka 01:50...
Empire State HumanThe Human League
Stop Reading, Start Doing PushupsDrugs
The Way of the FistFive Finger Death Punch
Pac Man FeverBuckner & Garcia
Love for My Insane LoverAkira Yamaoka
Zombie TackleAkira Yamaoka
Viking Zombies Sail On Lightning SeasAkira Yamaoka
Zombie GutsAkira Yamaoka
Zombeef BurgerAkira Yamaoka
Mirrorball MadhouseAkira Yamaoka
Rainbow Zombie Fever!Akira Yamaoka
Bowel PurgeAkira Yamaoka
Scattering GutsAkira Yamaoka