This review I wrote originally came from rateyourmusic.com
Katamari Fortissimo Damacy is the original soundtrack to the unique, fun, and quirky Japanese PS2 game Katamari Damacy (AKA Katamari Damashii, or Clump Spirit if you wanna be literal), released in 2004. And just like the game, this soundtrack is bound to put a smile on your face and give you the courage to roll that katamari of yours.
The soundtrack was composed by Yu Miyake and other musicians especially for the game, and unlike most video game soundtracks, this album features vocals from many famous Japanese voice actors and singers that haven't been in the spotlight for a while and lyrics specifically about rolling. But that won't stop you from enjoying the songs as they can stand on their own quite well without you knowing the game too well.
This album has a variety of songs for just about everybody. You like J-Pop? Than you can play the hopeful, upbeat, but sad "LONELY ROLLING STAR". You like Japanese hip-hop? Then "The Moon & The Prince" will fit on ya just fine. You like some smooth jazz? "Que Sera Sera" is a relaxing little love song that features som crazy drumming. You like IDM and electronic music in general? You can listen to "You Are Smart", "Angel Gift (Angel Flavor's Present)", "Fugue #7777" and "WANDA WANDA", or maybe the 80's ballad that is "Katamari of Love" suits you better.
Ahem, anyways... You'll never get bored listening to this album because of how much variety and surprise there is in each track. One minute it's smooth jazz, then it's anxiety in electronic form the next.
However, the only track that could be considered a dud is probably "Cherry Tree Times". Despite the charming atmosphere and slightly melancholic lyrics about growing old, you can only listen to a choir of children for so long before it starts getting a little bit grating on the ears.
Overall, Katamari Fortissimo Damacy is definitely a must-have, even if you aren't the biggest fan of the game it originates from.
LONELY ROLLING STAR
The Moon & The Prince
Katamari on the Rocks
You Are Smart
Que Sera Sera