I'm making it a policy not to post about new games - my focus lies elsewhere, in the late 80s and early 90s, to be precise. Therefore, it would be against this policy to post about this unbelievably fun game called Katamari Damacy, which has been causing sort of a frenzy in the modern console gaming world. Fortunately, its soundtrack is awesome enough to warrant a review, so I'll just give you the bare facts. In this game, you are a tiny little guy, like one inch tall, rolling around a sticky ball. You start out picking up buttons, dice, and strawberries, and slowly add onto yourself until you're picking up cars, planes, clouds, and giant turtles/octopi/squid. It's incredibly fun and I have to urge you to play it as soon as possible, it's for playstation2 and it's really quite enjoyable by anybody - my mom thought it looked fun.
That said, this post is about its soundtrack. Now, it is Japanese, possibly more so than anything in history, so if that turns you off, better click on out the back now. At first I thought the soundtrack was just quirky J-Pop stuff, but I quickly discovered that there were in fact honest-to-god good songs on it. Basically it boils down to three things: weird J-Pop, weird electronic music, and really weird game theme stuff. Not all of it is good, but I saved 14 out of 21 tracks. Among the weird J-Pop we have the ebullient "Katamari on the rock" with its pump-it-up beat and combined "chu chu chu" and "na na na" chorus parts, eventually ruined by shabbily sung engrish lyrics. "Lonely Rolling Star" makes me crack up every time it starts out, with this unbelievably bleepy keyboard work and girlish voice pronouncing "Lonely" in three syllables. The electronic tracks are actually the standouts - Yuri Misumi's two contributions, "The wonderful star's walk is wonderful" and "You are smart" are great. The first allows a pastoral guitar melody to be walked on by wonky horns and shrill keyboards, and "You are smart" has a Kraftwerk-y feel, the Speak & Spell voice underscored by a jumpy, complicated beat. "Angel Flavor's Present" is fantastic, with electronically distorted guitars, voice, and keyboards coming together with the game's choral theme in an rather abstract but immensely pleasing form of fusion. "Que Sera, Sera" feels a little out of place but feels great while playing - its like a B-grade lounge singer talking about rolling up a star, and is so absurd outside the context of the game that I want to hide from it, though it is admittedly a fun track. The game themes - "Fugue #7777", "Sasasan Katamari", "Lovely Angel," and more, are interesting and varied, and frequently bizarre.
I don't want to recommend this unreservedly - this is weird music, shot through with the further weirdness of being Japanese, and of course it is a video game soundtrack. But there are some really fun tracks - I guarantee you will want to keep at least a few. Nobody else will have this music, I can give you that right now, but some might recognize it, so be prepared for some looks from nerds like me.
A lot of people are hitting this page, so here are some links to places where you can actually buy the soundtrack: CDJapan and YesAsia ... fyi it's kinda pricey so you might also search for it on EBay or some such. Good luck!