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DOES – MODERN AGE December 22, 2010

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:39 am

Track Listing

  1. Bakuchi Dancer
  2. Rocker Holiday
  3. Tengoku Jam
  4. Super Karma
  5. Eureka
  6. Kamisama to Akuma to Boku
  7. Gunjou Yoru
  8. Bokutacki no Kisetsu
  9. Jack Knife
  10. Cider Hotel
  11. Yoake Mae
  12. Ha ni Notte

1. Bakuchi Dancer

Oh yeah, the bands biggest single this year!  Bakuchi Dancer is such an exciting tune and a great way to kick things off.  Ujihara and the rest of the band scored major points with this pretty kickass tune.  I love the heavy amounts of guitar, bass, and drums in the song and with Ujihara’s vocals they collided really nicely.  I still think the chorus is the best part of the song since it’s so fierce.  However, it’s just that short of a song too x.x  Ehhh, awesome tune.

2. Rocker Holiday

I didn’t think there’d be anything shorter than “Bakuchi Dancer” but Rocker Holiday is (only a few seconds, but still shorter).  It follows suit after the first song being all out and rockin’ with a very awesome chorus.  The only thing that fully makes this song stand out is Ujihara’s more expressive vocal work and the fact there’s filters abound and a more memorable guitar solo from Ujihara as well.  I like it a lot right now.

3. Tengoku Jam

The opening for Tengoku Jam is a little funny after two hard rock songs and we’re led into this happy-go-lucky tune from the band.  I’m not sure why I feel this rather Winter-like atmosphere with this song, but it’s kind of catchy in a way.  At the chorus, all the members explode with sound and it turns into something pretty catchy and rhythmic.  It is a little strange after “Bakuchi Dancer” and “Rocker Holiday”, but it’s a good change and it’s nice for me xD

4. Super Karma

The rhythm from Kesaku (drummer) and Yasushi (bassist) is actually the biggest thing that I can remember from the next song off the album.  Super Karma does cut the upbeatness down a notch and it sounds a whole lot more serious than previous tracks.  That being said as well, it doesn’t really have much of a stronger hook either and I barely remember how the song goes after a while.

5. Eureka

With Eureka, my disappointment from the last track goes away and we get back into the more fun sounding tracks.  While it’s definitely not in the same zone as other tracks, there was a lot more going on in the song and with Ujihara at the front, it was pretty damn cool of a song.  The riff was pretty strong and everyone did their part very well. 

6. Kamisama to Akuma to Boku

~1, 2, 3, fouuuuuur~  I love how that began the song.  Kamisama to Akuma to Boku does kind of surprised me because of the structure of the song feels weird lol.  It’s like the took the lightheartedness of “Tengoku Jam” in the verses and just let it all out in the chorus that’s similar to “Bakuchi Dancer” (I’m referencing this song too much I know).  It’s alright, but it just seems like a mash-up of two songs and that’s kind of shaky.

7. Gunjou Yoru

Ahhh more serious songs on the album whoohoo!  Gunjou Yoru to me sounds like it was sung live because Ujihara’s vocals sound muffled or away from the microphone throughout.  As for the band, the sound strong and I’m loving the big amount of Yasushi in the track since it gives it a more fuller sound IMO.  It’s nice and it sounds great on the album because of its live sound.

8. Bokutachi no Kisetsu

As it’s the B-side from “Bakuchi Dancer”, I would’ve preferred the other singles B-sides over this one (I’m more lenient towards “Gingham no Machi).  The reason why I’m not so fond of Bokutachi no Kisetsu was simply because there were better songs that were done like “Yoake Mae” and now “Eureka”.  I’m not finding much otherwise that makes the song pop out at me besides the other members doing a little yelling before in the first track, but whatever not the best choice for B-side.

9. Jack Knife

Being the 3rd and final release of the era, Jack Knife at first was a step-up from “Bakuchi Dancer” because of Ujihara’s more vocally togetherness and melody, but to me I like the latter a whole lot more because it was just purely catchy.  It’s funny though since they both have the same time length so it’s kind of odd haha.  I thought for being an anime tie-in, it was pretty strong and had a lot of punch to it as well. 

10. Cider Hotel

For a song with such a light song title, it’s another one of the band’s darker songs and it was placed perfectly after “Jack Knife” because this has a nice feel to it and all the members did very well for themselves here.  Ujihara impressed me as much, maybe not as deeply as in the previous track, but enough to make this song stand out on the album.  Great tune!

11. Yoake Mae

As the primary A-side the began the album (still disappointed “Chocolate” didn’t make the cut) Yoake Mae continues the streak of dark songs on the album, but for me Ujihara’s vocals actually do sound a tad sloppy and kind of blah.  It might be the worst of the A-sides released in the era, but it’s far from being bad though.

12. Ha ni Notte

For the last song on the album, Ha ni Notte began with a slight surprise with synths being involved, but it quickly fades away once Ujihara starts to sing the track.  I love the slight beach-like feel of the song and it does fit because the track’s literal track meaning is “Ride the Wave” so it’s fitting as well.  It’s not a bad closer at all, but after the previous tracks, it’s kind of random.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bakuchi Dancer
  • Eureka
  • Jack Knife
  • Rocker Holiday
  • Cider Hotel

Song of Avoidance

  • Super Karma

So being my first DOES album reviewed on the site, MODERN AGE was actually a pretty strong album for being their 4th studio.  I love the bands changes through their fun rock tunes, poppy tunes, and darker tinged songs, but I’m surprised there was no real slow song.  I’m not complaining about that though, the thing that might worry is their songs kind of slightly sound like one another and Ujihara’s vocals can sometimes be ehhh.  Still not bad from the band here!

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One Response to “DOES – MODERN AGE”

  1. Blade Says:

    Personally Bokutachi no Kisetsu is my favorite song in that album, because usually DOES’ slower songs doesn’t have much of an impact and I thought the chorus, especially the guitar bit in the end sealed the deal for me.


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