Kiki's Delivery Service is a Japanese animated
film. Its score consists of many different themes. The one recurring major theme
is, unconventionally, a slow waltz,
occurring in the tracks 1, 4, 8, and 15. Joe Hisaishi provides us with a great variety of musical styles and instruments.
You can hear a full orchestra, a piano, and often two Japanese (?) instruments that
sound similar to an accordion and a banjo, respectively. Track 3 is possibly the best piece in this score.
It is particularly jolly, pure fun, with economical drum accompaniment. Track 5
is a tango, track 6 resembles a polka, track 7 is a ragtime.
The tracks 2, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 18 are more common for a movie score. 2 and 11 both
are pleasant pieces, sounding sad yet encouraging. The tracks 17 and 18 contain
accomplished fast-paced action cues, giving addititional variety. Track 9 is
very lively as well.
Unfortunately, the tracks are all quite short and do not show any real
development. This CD does not provide a very coherent experience, but all compositions
are fine and have been orchestrated and arranged very creatively.
Tracks 20 and 21 are Japanese pop songs, and are not bad at all.