Tokyo Drift: OST

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If you like fast shiny cars and loud music, then you're in for a treat with the original sound track (OST) of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. This is a definite must have for all those speed demons out there. And although you might have missed both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in this installment of the series, you will find that the soundtrack more than makes up for the movie (which wasn't that bad either).

This album is a very good blend of international 'east meets west' music. The opening track by the Teriyaki Boys (produced by Pharrell Williams) is also the promotional music video for the movie, Tokyo Drift. The band 5,6,7,8 made their name in the Kill Bill OST and hearing them again in the track called Barracudda, shows the talent of these Japanese artists.

Evil Nine's track Restless lives up to its name in a monstrous march of bass beats. The Japanese rap tracks make for fresh and interesting listening, though you will have to get used to it at first. Fans of DJ Shadow and Mos Def will get a treat when the two giants of their genre come together for the track Six Days. Rock hasn't been left behind either as Atari Teenage Riot prove on their track Speed. Okay, so the track is more industrial than rock, but it still fits into the album perfectly.

Overall this album offers a good mixture of American hip-hop and Japanese culture pop, pacing at floored-pedal speed. Producer DJ Shadow has done a great job of harmonising the sound of the two cultures while keeping the pace intact.

The lack of variety in pace might deter a few listeners, but do give it a listen. Be warned though: drive safely as the music might have an effect on your driving.
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Getting Lost Again. Lost Season Two Review.

In the last season of Lost, a lot had happed. Lives were lost, trust was lost, and the only thing that the survivors of the Oceanic Flight 815 were left with was hope.

The second season opens with the discovery of what lies behind the hatch –– the discovery that the island isn't really what it appears to be. The survivors have already realised that there are "others" on the island. Just what the "others" are is something even the survivors are not sure of. The original cast has returned and this time, though we are familiar with what they have been through, we do not know who they are. Individual past stories continue to reveal shocking and sometimes outrageous twists. And then there is the meeting with the "others."

Giving too much information would spoil the show in this review, but this much is true: there are few series that keep you on the edge and with this show, you will find that there is no edge, because even the edge is lost.

Another feature in this show — something that other shows lack — is the soundtrack. Also labelled as incidental soundtrack, pieces of music are tailored to the moments of the scene, rather than to the characters. Because the characters are so rich anyway, the focus of the music shifts to the moments, particularly the twists and cliff hangers.

The boxset is again loaded with goodies. Behind the scene features, special documentaries, plus special commentaries on selected episodes. There is so much to view that you will only end up getting Lost.