Listening (even as I type) to a CD from the library (where else?). It’s a kind of “Best of” compilation of songs from Cowboy Bebop. It’s difficult to categorise the music of Yoko Kanno, the composer of the music for that series (she also did the music for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, which I really like, Escaflowne, which I haven’t seen and probably worked on some other anime series as well). The music for Cowboy Bebop is primarily jazz-oriented which meshed well with the styling of the show itself. Most of the tracks are quite good, but some just seem “off” to me.
The opening cut (which played over the opening credits of the show) is Tank!. If I could choose my personal theme music (you know, the kind of music you’d want to play behind you in a movie) it would be a close run between this song and the theme for Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo and Sanjuro. I also really like the songs Cosmic Dare [Pretty With A Pistol] and Piano Black. On the other hand, one of the real duds is Mushroom Hunting and Don’t Bother None isn’t that great either. That last song sounds like it was intended as a kind of down-on-my-luck style country song, but it isn’t pulled off. Cake does a much better job with the faux-country downer song.