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DOES – KATHARSIVILIZATION June 28, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Ima wo Ikiru
  2. Across the Life
  3. Nice Day
  4. Albatross
  5. Dance Hall Girl
  6. Katharsis
  7. Thunder Light
  8. Blue Night
  9. Tribe Drive
  10. Vitamin U
  11. Laika no Yume
  12. Brighten A
  13. Korekara Koko Kara

1. Ima wo Ikiru

Appropriate that the band decided to open up the album with the leading A-side huh?  I will say that I enjoyed the arrangement quite a bit since it was softer than previous efforts.  HOWEVER, I did think Ujihara’s vocals did stop the song from being amazing because it was really scratchy and not there.  Oh well so much for the leading track to be anything special right?

2. Across the Life

Since the rest of the album is filled to the brim with new songs, I was curious to how it would end up.  The introduction already stood out to me since it starts like “Ima wo Ikiru”.  I find it to be light and breezy and while Ujihara is trying hard not to be scratchy, the chorus is probably not a good place to be for him.  Basically I get the same feelings here as I did in the first track.

3. Nice Day

I don’t know why but their opening riffs are catchy!  Nice Day has more of a garage band feel to it and Ujihara’s vocals sound like they’re doing this live for some reason.  The good thing is that they went with simple is better because I don’t feel like Ujihara is sounding cracked which is nice to hear and I love the hook of ~have a nice day~.  Not bad of a song actually!

4. Albatross

Going from the basics of rock to something a little more experimentive, Albatross includes synths behind the band’s style.  I liked the track and since it feels like a full song at 5 minutes, Albatross kind of stands out for some reason.  I guess that lazy style of singing kind of worked with the laidback arrangement.  It could drag for some people since it is so relaxing.  I’m surprised it wasn’t an A-side.

5. Dance Hall Girl

I’m starting to feel like the album is a lot more laidback and refined than their previous album, “MODERN AGE”.  I haven’t come to any hard songs from the group and keep getting the same tracks over and over and I’m reaching a point of boredom as we get into our fifth song.  Dance Hall Girl is OK but it’s lazy atmosphere from Ujihara makes it a hard listen.

6. Katharsis

Sort of the title track, Katharsis actually tries to amp up the action up with more from the guitars but it’s just only a manner of just for effect and for the most part it didn’t really succeed.  I will say this is the best song Ujihara has sung in yet on this album.  It’s not bad and the backup effects are a surprisingly nice effect for the tune.  While I still kind of yawn at the whole alt/rock feel of the song…this is probably the best so far.

7. Thunder Light

I saw the tracklist and was hoping this was one of the more powerful songs and I was happy with what we got for the most part.  It’s a lot more fast-paced than the previous tracks and it has a good melody to it and a lot of harder melodies to pull.  It’s no “Bakuchi Dancer” but this is a solid rock track here.

8. Blue Night

It gets stronger with our next track which has a LOT of guitar presence in it but it’s also quite good as well being better than “Thunder Light”.  This is a good and dramatic rock song and Ujihara sounds a lot cleaner and stronger than in the first half of the album.  It’s a strong track and is my favorite from the album.

9. Tribe Drive

After that awesome track, we get into Tribe Drive and it’s an unusual song for DOES to tackle since it’s a bit more garage band once again but somehow kind of unique.  I will say the chorus is definitely punk rock and I kind of loved that about this song.  It’s a catchy song for sure….where was this earlier on huh?

10. Vitamin U

I think DOES wanted to go back a little to “FIVE STUFF” with this song because it reminded me one of the songs from that mini-album.  It’s more poppy and upbeat which is something I’m not really used to by the group.  Add in that I can’t really stand Ujihara in the song and you get this weird collision course.  I’m not really into the song…

11. Laika no Yume

As we get close the ending of the album, we somehow get Laika no Yume which is pretty much their rock ballad of the album.  As it is also the longest track, I was wondering how it’d turn out because Ujihara doesn’t seem to ballad vocals (if you know what I mean).  It was nice for the most part but he still doesn’t seem to have great vocals to mix it up well with the strings and the band together for some reason.  It’s alright but nothing I’d repeat again.

12. Brighten A

Funny how we go from a ballad setting to DOES’ happiest song on the album which is just lulzy in many ways.  I kind of dig this song because it’s full of sound and Ujihara doesn’t sound bad amongst the amount of synths and bandwork thats going on.  It’s a pretty good track from them and surprised me that they pulled one off!

13. Korekara Koko Kara

Finally ending the album, Korekara Koko Kara seems to follow-up “Brighten A” since it’s just as upbeat and energetic which is awesome.  I love that filters were used on Ujihara in the verses.  Sadly, the chorus is kind of screwy with the note breaking he does in it which knocks the song a couple of pegs.  I do feel that this wasn’t as good as an ending song and should’ve had “Laika no Yume” be the final track…

Tracks Recommended

  • Blue Night
  • Thunder Light
  • Brighten A
  • Katharsis
  • Albatross

Song of Avoidance

  • Vitamin U

So here we are at my second album reviewed by DOES.  I feel that they’ve lightened up their sound a lot since “MODERN AGE” and I kind of don’t like that because they’re good songs in their catalog which I seem to love more and there wasn’t really any of that despite having good songs.  I mean no hardcore “Bakuchi Dancer”?  It’s just a bit meh.  As a whole, KATHARSIVILIZATION isn’t bad but their previous album was a lot more memorable to be honest.

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