That’s right! After the rock version, it’s time to slow down a beat and try out the good ol’ slow version, which is what these Gospel Singers tried to do, and I must say I’m a lot more impressed with this version (especially of my beloved Totoro theme) since I was quite mad at them ruining Teru no Uta in the rock version, which is one of my all time favorite song. I wished these singers has tried their hands at Teru no Uta (they might have, I’m not sure) but I guess it’s beautiful just the way it is. I can’t imagine the song being sung any other way. The singer has done an amazing job at bringing out the emotions that the song is supposed to express, and any other version would have ruined it.(I did like their totoro version though)
Anyway, moving on, though listening to the songs with western accent needs a little getting used to, it’s wonderfully sung, while maintaining the original tune to a great extent and not turning it extremely Gospel-ly.
Apparently, the album covers songs from these movies:
“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (1984)
“Laputa: Castle in the Sky” (1986)
“My Neighbor Totoro” (1988)
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989)
“Whisper of the Heart” (1995)
“Princess Mononoke” (1997)
“Spirited Away” (2001)
“From up on Poppy Hill” (2011).