Anime Soundtrack Review: Wolf’s Rain Soundtrack

The Wolf’s Rain soundtrack is a 21-track CD that includes music from the anime series. The music in Wolf’s Rain was composed by Yoko Kanno.

Wolf’s Rain
Publisher: Bandai Entertainment
Release Date: May 11, 2004

The disc opens with “Stray,” the opening theme song for Wolf’s Rain. This CD includes the full-length version of the song, which runs a little over five minutes in length. The lead vocals are provided by Steve Conte, and he has the perfect sound to complement the rock backing music. Conte also sings the song, “Could You Bite the Hand?” This is another song with a backing track inspired by rock music, and Conte’s gritty vocal style works well with the arrangement that this song has.

Joyce provides vocals on three songs: “Coracao Selvagem,” “Dogs and Angels,” and “Run, Wolf Warrior, Run.” The first two songs she sings on have backing music that has a jazz influence on it. “Run, Wolf Warrior, Run” has more a soft rock feel to it. But Joyce has the vocal abilities to competently sing material in both of those musical styles.

Ilaria Graziano provides vocals for “Valse De La Lune.” Where Joyce has a lower vocal range, Ilaria’s range is higher. But this higher vocal range works well for the song’s midtempo arrangement.

Maaya Sakamoto provides the vocals for “Gravity,” a piano ballad that is the ending theme for Wolf’s Rain. The lyrics are in English, and she sings this song that’s not in her native language very well. To be honest, if I didn’t know she was Japanese, I wouldn’t realize she wasn’t a native speaker of the English language. This is a beautiful song, and Sakamoto’s vocals complement it perfectly.

Raj Ramayya provides the vocals for “Strangers,” a song that sounds like it has influences from both jazz and trance music. Raj has quite a smooth sounding vocal delivery, which works perfectly with this musical arrangement.

The rest of the songs on the CD are instrumental score pieces from Wolf’s Rain. The instrumentals run anywhere from a minute-and-a-half to almost four minutes in length. There’s a good mixture of slow, midtempo, and uptempo tracks in the series’ score, and there’s also a good mixture of sonic styles being utilized in the music. Kanno’s score for Wolf’s Rain doesn’t disappoint, and it includes the various sounds, arrangements, and elements that fans of her work have come to expect from her.

As a whole, the soundtrack has a very good mixture of score music and songs with vocals. As a listener, I found myself not feeling bogged down by the arrangement of the tracks, because care was taken to make sure that songs that sound alike weren’t put back-to-back on the disc.

I would recommend this soundtrack to fans of Wolf’s Rain or to fans of Yoko Kanno’s work. Fans of the series will like getting to hear the music from the series, while fans of Kanno’s work will enjoy hearing music that has her touch on it.

The reviewer purchased a copy of this soundtrack

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