Friday, July 18, 2014
Anime Juke Box - Blue - Cowboy Bebop
So I've posted music from Outlaw Star and Trigun, but nothing from Cowboy Bebop yet. Well, it is about time to change that. Yoko Kanno wrote all the music for the series, and most of it was performed by her band The Seatbelts. This jazz combo gave the series a distinctive sound, and one that matches the series perfectly. But Kanno does what she always does best, and that is show off her versatility. Cowboy Bebop boasts some atonal electronic tracks, traditional orchestral and operatic style vocals, and of course pop and rock songs. Blue is played during the final scene of the series, and really fits the scene perfectly. Mai Yamane frequently collaborated with Kanno in the 1990s and her vocal style reminds me of Melissa Etheridge. Here she sings the whole song in English, and does a pretty good job.