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POLYSICS – Weeeeeeeeee!!! December 17, 2012

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 4:45 am

weeeeeeeeee

Track Listing

  1. Sparkling Water
  2. Lucky Star
  3. Distortion
  4. Steam Pack
  5. Ice, Tights, Mike
  6. Why
  7. Quiet Smith
  8. Kitchen Ban Ban
  9. Lightning Express
  10. Raptus
  11. High Kcal
  12. Everybody Say No
  13. Round The World
  14. Weeeeeeeeee!!!

1. Sparkling Water

Opening the album with a strange title (not like this is new to POLYSICS), Sparkling Water kicks things off quite loudly and true in style to the group’s abilities.  The verses are a little strange because it’s very odd-paced and strange.  HAYASHI though does a whole lot of high pitched yelps which is strange while FUMI and YANO are kind of the secondary vocalists.  It’s an odd song but I really don’t like how HAYASHI sounds like Bruce Lee shouting the title and all…strange track.

2. Lucky Star

The first single released for the album, Lucky Star comes in and not much has changed when I reviewed it at least in my opinion, my feelings towards it are kind of the same.  At first I enjoyed it mostly because of FUMI taking the lead roles and she still sounds as exciting as she’s ever been, but the song is oh so repetitive and HAYASHI’s parts are actually annoying too.  I guess it’s somewhat better than my first listen, but I’m still not a huge fan.

3. Distortion

Onto a buttload of new tracks, Distortion at first sounded like it was going to be a more basic POLYSICS track which it was because the band sounds strong in the tune.  There’s a heavily filtered voice before HAYASHI comes in after it and finishes a line.  I actually found the song to be rather catchy and not much annoyance about it.  Pretty awesome song!

4. Steam Pack

It seems that HAYASHI and FUMI shares the lines for Steam Pack but like “Lucky Star” everything felt a bit too repetitive to me, but at least this song isn’t totally annoying (though HAYASHI saying ~shteam pooook~ is a bit disheartening).  It’s just didn’t do much for me otherwise.

5. Ice, Tights, Mike

As one of two tracks under two minutes, Ice, Tights, Mike is a very frenetic and crazy track from the trio as it’s a lot of the band and synths rushing through the song with HAYASHI sputting out random English.  It feels like boiling water at a top of the pot because of it’s urgency and wild atmosphere.  At least it’s a pretty short…but it’s still kind of too much for me.

6. Why

I kind of like that they toned it back down for Why.  That tameness though went into the vocals as well because despite that the song is sung between FUMI and HAYASHI, but neither of them are really very energetic (cept the latter once the song goes on further).  Unlike the previous tracks though, there isn’t a whole lot of electronic quips which might be the song’s memorable thing about it.  Beyond that, it really didn’t strike a chord with me.

7. Quiet Smith

Quiet Smith pops up next, and like “Why” it’s a pretty uneventful song for me, plus the additional fact that the arrangement seems to really cover up HAYASHI in the song which is a little absurd.  Plus the filtering is a bit strange.  I don’t know but this song just kind of flew over my head.

8. Kitchen Ban Ban

I kind of like Kitchen Ban Ban for some reason and it’s mostly because the song doesn’t really have a lot of the band playing their instruments, so we end up having a technopop track for the most part.  HAYASHI and FUMI are going back and forth with each other and they sound playful and dare I say it, cute in the song.  Despite there’s not a whole lot on YANO here, this is a right fun track and one of the better songs on the album.

9. Lightning Express

Lightning Express blasts in quite suddenly after the cute “Kitchen Ban Ban” and it sounds a lot like the stuff they’ve released post-KAYO which isn’t totally surprising, but the song is a heavy barrage of sound and none of it really comes together (sans a few parts).  It’s OK, but like I said compared to the others, it’s just a bit too messy.

10. Raptus

When Raptus begun, it felt like I was slightly listening to MIYAVI because it has that certain swag about it but then the electronic blips pop in and that’s kind of where it gains its identity.  HAYASHI is very sporatic with the lyrics which is no surprise there but it’s also somewhat messy (especially in that chorus).  It’s an interesting song no doubt, but I’m not sure what to think.

11. High Kcal

As the shortest song on the album at 1:20 in length, High Kcal sounds like it would’ve been somewhat close to “Shout Aloud!” but a little tame.  However, since it’s a short track, it really didn’t go far and HAYASHI didn’t really leave much of an impact…plus he’s once again somewhat annoying.

12. Everybody Say No

After that short track, we move into the other A-side released before the album, Everybody Say No.  As I’ve mentioned on the single review not long ago, the song is really the oddball of the album even though POLYSICS are an oddball band, but it kind of stands out on the album.  The heavily distorted/filtered voice found in some of their songs (which I think is HAYASHI) is singing the entire track so no FUMI of HAYASHI yelps to be found.  I will say that of the songs, this is probably the strongest of the arrangements on the album, but the voice is so unlike them that it kind of seems wrong.  Though I have grown to enjoy the song (and it’s better than many of the tracks on the album) but this might be a little odd to fans who are used to their vocals.

13. Round The World

Definitely makes sense to put Round The World because it had more of that cool arrangement, but then HAYASHI/FUMI start singing and the song is kind of the pico-ish style of POLYSICS.  It’s really strange that FUMI had more energy because she seems to lead once again and she is definitely standing out to me.  Not bad here.

14. Weeeeeeeeee!!!

Finally reaching the end of the album, we have the title track and lord is this song something I didn’t think would’ve fit as the ending track because like the other tracks, it’s wild and so is HAYASHI.  It’s got a pretty cool riff no doubt, but take that out and it’s kind of like many of the other tracks on here.

Tracks Recommended

  • Distortion
  • Kitchen Ban Ban
  • Everybody Say No
  • Round The World

Song of Avoidance

  • Lightning Express

I’m not sure why, but at this point as long as I have been following them, I feel like POLYSICS is good in short doses and not meant for whole albums because the songs for the most part from Weeeeeeeeee!!! was kind of underwhelming, but it’s mostly the same that we’ve been getting from them for a long time so big time fans is probably going to be more used to this more than I did (then again coming after “15th P”, I was slightly expecting more.

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POLYSICS – Everybody Say No December 6, 2012

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 5:34 am

everybodysayno

Track Listing

  1. Everybody Say No
  2. Watson 2012
  3. KI.KA.I.DA! 2012

1. Everybody Say No

I really don’t know what to think about Everybody Say No.  I mean the song is true to POLYSICS by keeping their electro/rock style that they are well known but the song is something I haven’t fully witnessed and that’s the vocals are HEAVILY processed and filtered to the point where it seems like there’s no key vocals in the song from anyone in the band.  Most of the time I don’t even know who’s singing (though I’m sure it’s all HAYASHI).  This song is definitely going to have to grow on me because it’s just a bit too out there.

 

 

*Will review the two other songs if they leak*  POLYSICS end the era off with a rather unusual track with Everybody Say No, I think the song is quite odd for them but let’s be honest, the band has always been weird.  Though this time there’s no natural voice so that’s why I feel a little odd with this single.  Though I will say the song is better than “Lucky Star” was.

 

POLYSICS – Lucky Star August 21, 2012

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 7:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Lucky Star
  2. No Control

1. Lucky Star

POLYSICS return with Lucky Star and I’m liking this track for some reason…then again when FUMI takes lead vocals this time around, it’s a pretty good thing since the last couple releases have been mostly HAYASHI lead.  He’s still present doing his wacky bits and the vocoder stuff.  I do feel like it’s got an anime-intro feel to it though,but it still has the POLYSICS feel overall.  After a while, the song starts to push my buttons because it gets repetitive and a little annoying…

2. No Return

The B-side No Return is a bit like their past since HAYAHSI is in the leading role this time around.  It sort of reminds me of “Beat Flash” with it’s 8bit bleeps here and there.  It’s a cool and frantic piece since most of it is guitar-work besides the verses.  I’m surprised though that there’s this kind of screechy/stretched sound after the chorus that’s bothersome but the song is pretty unique (then again the band is known for that).

 

 

It’s been a long time since POLYSICS have actually released a single (and that was before KAYO had left the group), Lucky Star is a strong single but it does feel like they’re kind of reusing ideas from previous works to get by.  Lucky Star is cute but towards the end it does start getting annoying and No Return was good as well but it’s familiar to me but it is better than the A-side.  At least they’re releasing a single after the mini-album and two albums.

 

POLYSICS – 15th P March 5, 2012

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 8:44 pm

Track Listing

  1. Buggie Technica 2012
  2. ArigaTOISU!
  3. Mix Juice featuring TAKUMA (10-FEET), Eriko Hashimoto (chatmonchy)
  4. Whip and Horse
  5. Akarui Seikatsu featuring Yoshimi Tokui (Tutorial)
  6. Tomodachi Kecak featuring Tomodachi
  7. MECHA-MANIA BOY featuring Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO)
  8. 1.2.Da! featuring Mayumi Kojima, Yuu (GO!GO!7188/Chirinuruwowaka)
  9. 783640 featuring Satoshi Mishiba

1. Buggie Technica 2012

Starting the album off we have a new version of Buggie Technica (which is a song they originally released on their first release “1st P”.  It makes sense as the intro because they are both instrumental songs for the most but also acts as an instrumental piece.  There’s a heavily synthed up voice but I’m not sure what it’s saying LOL.  After that’s over the band takes over and shows off their awesomeness!  It’s a pretty fun and aggresive and sets the album off on a good note!

2. ArigaTOISU!

Then we move into one of the oddest experiments POLYSICS has ever done.  ArigaTOISU! is a mish-mash of numerous old POLYSICS song played in sequences and it’s just all kinds of randomness.  I will say I’m a little disappointed in myself for not knowing most of these songs that are being sampled.  It’s really bizarre yet original and at the same time pretty badass from them to hear a lot of their old stuff flash by.  I loved this a lot and showed that POLYSICS are pretty damn amazing.

3. Mix Juice featuring TAKUMA (10-FEET), Eriko Hashimoto (chatmonchy)

Their album is mostly collaborative efforts and that’s something I’m not used to seeing from POLYSICS so I was curious to how it was going to turn out.  The first one, Mix Juice is tuning things slower and I’m curious to TAKUMA is singing or not because I hear HAYASHI and Eriko at first.  After the first chorus TAKUMA does come in and raps a bit which adds to the oddness going on overall.  I mean it doesn’t carry the torch to the previous song but it’s not offensive in any way lol.

4. Whip and Horse

As the other only POLYSICS song on the release, Whip and Horse has some great guitar riffs going and I love the sparse bleeps in the song mixed in with HAYASHI’s long single.  I will the speaking parts are a little oddly placed but the song is still pretty strong and I like the synth parts equally. 

5. Akarui Seikatsu featuring Yoshimi Tokui (Tutorial)

Oh my at the speed at how HAYASHI is singing in the intro of the song.  I was just kind of like surprised it was just so speedy and it’s like rapping but not xD.  Of course Yoshimi also has lines as well and takes over HAYASHI’s in the song.  However, I felt like the song was the basic POLYSICS rock/synth track so it doesn’t fully stand out.  Plus it’s kind of repeitive…>.<

6. Tomodachi Kecak featuring Tomodachi

I really don’t understand Tomodachi Kecak at all really but it seems like the sort of thing that the Katamari series would love to have on their OST.  I don’t get it because it’s a lot of chanting and repetition and a guy that sounds like he’s drowning LOL.  It’s abstract and pretty absurd to listen to.  What the hell was this about?

7. MECHA-MANIA BOY featuring Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO)

It’s nice that the 7th track on the album is a DEVO cover since POLYSICS were pretty much influenced by them and all and I thought it was sweet they also ended up getting Mark from the band to sing.  At least that’s essentially how it is because POLYSICS are doing the music and leaving Mark to sing the sing entirely.  It’s pretty good still and it worked with Mark singing along in English so it makes sense to me.  HAYASHI does have small vocal appearance but otherwise relegated to the guitar.  Good track!

8. 1.2.Da! featuring Mayumi Kojima, Yuu (GO!GO!7188/Chirinuruwowaka)

Wow the arrangement at the beginning of 1.2.Da! is pretty interesting for sure and I hoped it was getting awesome.  It seems it’s all ladies for the most part since I hear more FUMI, Mayumi, and Yuu here which is amazing!  The three ladies sound great in their solo lines and then HAYASHI kind of sends the song out at the end of each verse.  It’s a really cool collaboration song to be found!

9. 783640 featuring Satoshi Mishiba

Ending the album, 783640 is kind of their poppiest song here which is a bit strange but I do like that fact since it has a stronger melody that isn’t fully beeps and such.  It seems Satoshi is the piano player in the song which makes sense and he has a piano solo but the singing is left to both HAYASHI and FUMI.  Hmmm, Is that Satoshi singing the last couple of verses…or is it YANO,,,,hmmm xD

Tracks Recommended

  • ArigaTOISU!
  • 1.2.Da! featuring Mayumi Kojima, Yuu (GO!GO!7188/Chirinuruwowaka)
  • Whip and Horse

Song of Avoidance

  • Tomodachi Kecak featuring Tomodachi

Celebrating 15 years together, POLYSICS released their album 15th P to the masses.  To be honest, I’m not fully into this album like I have been with the two previous releases after KAYO left the group.  I think the fact that they did collaborations this time around made it feel like it wasn’t totally them but whatever.  They did have a couple of bright songs though and their mash-up of their songs was impressive to say the least.  Not bad, but not their best.

 

POLYSICS – Oh! No! It’s Heavy Polysick!!! March 12, 2011

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 3:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Heavy POLYSICK
  2. Bleeping Hedgehog
  3. Let’s Dabadaba
  4. Don’t Cry
  5. Jumping Up and Clash
  6. Go to a Strange City
  7. Cough Cough
  8. Smile to Me
  9. Subliminal CHA-CHA-CHA
  10. 3 Point Time
  11. Digital Dancing Zombie
  12. Much Love Oh! No!
  13. Have a Good Night

1. Heavy POLYSICK

It’s hasn’t been too long since we’ve seen POLYSICS last to be honest.  Heavy POLYSICK starts the album quite awesomely since it’s mainly an instrumental and even then an 8bit instrumental which is even cooler, but it makes me wonder who’s doing the work since KAYO left.  As it is just an intro, it makes me thing it’s going to be a different album than before.

2. Bleeping Hedgehog

Getting into the album now, Bleeping Hedgehog brings up to the POLYSICS we all know and love and it’s like KAYO never left to be honest.  I love the beginning with the synths and HAYASHI’s guitar riffs mixing together.  To me, the song has a familiar glow to “Shout Aloud!” with the wild arrangement, yet fun atmosphere.  It’s one of the cool tracks here but damn is it short…

3. Let’s Dabadaba

If you like some of their past songs, Let’s Dabadaba is mind-numbing of a song if you let it be.  It’s definitely more controlled than “Bleeping Hedgehog” for sure and there’s tons of catchy parts like the whole ~dabadaba~ thing going on haha.  Though the arrangement is also quite fun and energetic.  I will say, this song is definitely live material for sure!  Oddly enough it was the album’s promotional song so….it’s interesting and fun!

4. Don’t Cry

At first, I thought I would like our next song, but it seems quite messy every place the song enters.  It’s nice FUMI has a bit more of the limelight this time, but she’s speak-singing which is kind of blah.  It doesn’t really help when HAYASHI comes in to yelp the chorus out.  It’s just too messy for me to understand and is probably my least favorite song on the album.

5. Jumping Up and Clash

I can’t say much for the next song either, but the melody was constructed a bit more and HAYASHI isn’t fully yelping across the song which is good this time around.  I actually enjoy the chorus quite a bit since it’s him and FUMI (under filters) singing together.  It’s a good song for sure.

6. Go to a Strange City

FUMI returns for our next song, I think with HAYASHI singing as well, but it’s hard to really tell since there’s a whole lot of filters in the song mixed in with the bass and synths in the song.  I really do love the arrangement since it’s pretty beat-oriented.  I also love FUMI’s instructions to ~GO TO A STRANGE CITY!, DO IT!, DO IT!~  I don’t need anymore help, I’ll go do it XD.  Though 2 minutes isn’t enough for me!!!

7. Cough Cough

Only a little bit shorter than the previous track, Cough Cough is the album’s interlude since once again there’s no singing involved and it’s just the three members playing their respective instruments.  It’s pretty cool, but no lyrics kind of made it seem empty almost.

8. Smile to Me

Wow, a song that’s actually 4 minutes long, and is the longest on the album…wow.  To me, it does play it out quite nicely and doesn’t become rather messy or just wrong.  Though I wonder if YANO actually did something in the song since the synthesized vocals didn’t sound like HAYASHI really, don’t get me wrong he’s still there singing most of the song…but it really makes you think.

9. Subliminal CHA-CHA-CHA

Our next song starts up immediately and there’s something missing in this song…maybe a little raw energy perhaps?  While I don’t deny that it totally gets better later in the song, it still feels like they somewhat fell flat with this one.  However, FUMI was interesting to have speaking lines at all.  Even later, all the members has lines, how cool!.  Still the song doesn’t stand out for me.

10. 3 Point Time

Another weird arranged song?  I guess I’ll have to deal with 3 Point Time huh?  I will say the darker arrangement is new to me and the band did very well with it.  There’s also a whole lot of filtered parts in the song as well which is cool and strange at the same time.  Otherwise not much else to say about the song.

11. Digital Dancing Zombie

Funny that the title of the song reminds me almost of the PV of “I My Me Mine” with the robot schoolgirl XD.  The opening synths kind of mirror similar ways that past songs like “Beat Flash” and “How are you?” started up with the 8bit kind of sound.  There’s even more of the vocal filters prevelent to the song and actually takes up the entire track…I don’t know who’s singing to be honest, but I’m curious that it’s either HAYASHI or YANO (but I bet the former moreso).

12. Much Love Oh! No!

If there was a song that needed to boost me back up, Much Love Oh! No! tries to recapture the spark from earlier on in the album, but at this point the song feels rather tame and forgetful.  I mean HAYASHI going back to his feisty style of singing is great, but not enough to keep things afloat.

13. Have a Good Night

I’m a little surprised that while we got an intro and an interlude, the final song on the album isn’t an outro.  I love that it has a lot more oomph than a bunch of other songs on the album and has great riffs and energy like POLYSICS should have.  Definitely put the “going out with a bang” style here and it closed the album on a good note.

Tracks Recommended

  • Go to a Strange City
  • Have a Good Night
  • Let’s Dabadaba
  • Jumping Up and Clash
  • Smile to Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Don’t Cry

So we get the first full-length album from POLYSICS and it seriously does not sound like the loss of KAYO was really that big because they still had their signature sound intact and in full bloom.  However, I do think the loss might’ve hit them in a way there’s no true standout songs like previous “I My Me Mine” and “Shout Aloud!” which could be leading into a bad place in time.  Maybe next release they’ll put some uberly catchy songs…who knows.  It’s alright and in some cases better than “Absolute POLYSICS”, but other places it isn’t.

 

POLYSICS – eee-P!!! December 13, 2010

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 4:21 am

Track Listing

  1. How are you?
  2. Mach Kanjin
  3. Rock Wave Don’t Stop
  4. Boil
  5. Odore Heaven

1. How are you?

Starting the first mini-album from the 3-membered POLYSICS, I was wondering what and how they were going to do since the main members were KAYO and HAYASHI and of course the former was the main synth user.  I was happy that FUMI actually took over the main vocals and the song feels like a lightened take of “Shout Aloud!” with it’s edge guitar riffs and 8-bit crazyness.  I actually loved that they still have the energized sound going and it’s just a great start to the mini-album and the PV was lulzy as well.

2. Mach Kanjin

So after that, Mach Kanjin enters the fray and it’s the same polarized rock sound that came from the first track, but now it’s also back to HAYASHI taking lead vocals and of course he sounds like his normal yelping self and mixed with this intricate synth melody, it’s actually kind of catchy.  It does focus more on the music than the vocals, but that’s OK.

3. Rock Wave Don’t Stop

I like that so far this mini-album has been consistent, but I’ve noticed that they’ve taken the more synthy stuff to the backseat and more focus on the rock side of things.  With Rock Wave Don’t Stop it tries to include more of a synthy side and with HAYASHI is partially singing normally and doing the yelps less, even FUMI/HAYASHI gets filtered which is a new step and I liked it and it’s loud so I liked it hahaha.

4. Boil

I can’t say too much if there was a song that probably impressed me from YANO, I think it’d be Boil.  The drums are frantic and the music is raw like what they used to be like and it’s great to hear such power and energy come from the band.  Then again with these kind of songs, comes a short time length at 2:45…it is the mini’s shortest song, but it left a good feeling.

5. Odore Heaven

It oddly feels like “Boil” since the synth usage sounds relatively too similar of that from the previous song, but HAYASHI is actually singing again and making sense through, but of course he does his signature yelp.  It’s not the cleanest song, but it does make sense to my ears and once again YANO is actually the person that stands out the most.

With POLYSICS returning after a short break and the departure of original member, KAYO.  We fans didn’t know what to expect since she was the programmer and synth genius for POLYSICS, but with eee-P!!!, it seems like she never even left and the format of their music has stayed the same (maybe a little more focus on their rock side).  I do love the idea of FUMI taking over as female leads even though it was one track.  Still a solid release and a sigh of relief otherwise ^_^

 

POLYSICS – Absolute POLYSICS September 15, 2009

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 1:07 pm

absolutepolysics

Track Listing

  1. P!
  2. Shout Aloud!
  3. YOUNG OH! OH!
  4. Saiman Jutsu de GO
  5. Time Out
  6. Bero Bero
  7. Cleaning
  8. E.L.T.C.C.T.
  9. First Aid
  10. Fire Bison
  11. Eye Contact
  12. Beat Flash
  13. Speed Up
  14. Wasabi

1. P!

When we talk about POLYSICS, the first things that I think of is the wild arrangements they have and their opening tracks is nothing short of since it’s basically only KAYO that’s doing the work before the rest of the band shows up.  It’s pretty crazy of course, but it’s short and only exists to open the album up.

2. Shout Aloud!

I’m surprised they’d start off with their best song yet!  Shout Aloud! continues their wild sound and c’mon it’s just a great mix of rock and futuristic tones that it’s hard not to notice their sound.  I just love the hard-hitting guitar and drum riffs and then all of sudden to switch to the ladies singing and KAYO taking over with the synth melody a little before the chorus starts.  I can’t help but love this song to death.

3. YOUNG OH! OH!

The final A-side of the era, YOUNG OH! OH! is a tad slower than the previous track and came with a stranger PV as well, which I’ll never understand fully.  They did somewhat tone down the fierceness and HAYASHI and KAYO are singing a bit together and they sound good when they sing together, but after a while I did feel like the song was a little messy.  It’s still on the average for me.

3. Saiman Jutsu de GO

Starting off a little darker than the two other songs, Saiman Jutsu de GO is one of the songs that’ll just fly by your head as it begins ominously but doesn’t exactly go anywhere.  HAYASHI is singing is a more quieter tone, but of course he’s covered by KAYO’s arrangement, but then the arrangement starts getting more futuristic and these odd warping sounds happen…it’s a bit random and the song is really short too…

5. Time Out

Another short track?  Time Out is basically an 8bit interlude for the group and I liked the melody for it since it mixes up KAYO and HAYASHI’s guitar playing and do a little of a call and response thing that sounded really cool.  I think they should’ve made this into a full-on track because it sounds so good.

6. Bero Bero

Then it slides itself into Bero Bero which is a bit more controlled by the band and yet HAYASHI still is overly excited which gave the song more power.  It sounds like the song was taken through simplicity and I liked that about the song and HAYASHI did a great job giving it the needed energy to not get overly boring.  KAYO as well for that awesome solo. 

7. Cleaning

For a band that seems to be mostly known for their wild songs, Cleaning is anything but, first off it is the most cleanest song off the album and possibly the slowest song.  I gotta give props to the group for setting up for something nice and relaxing like this.  HAYASHI isn’t even doing his usual yelping and singing like any J-rock band would and his solo was pretty cool too. 

8. E.L.T.C.C.T.

We get back into the more chaotic arrangements from KAYO and she’s actually leading off the song….or is this FUMI that’s singing?  It’s one of them rare songs that is sung by the lady mostly solely.  HAYASHI has a small part, but he’s not the most important thing.  The crazyness of the song is a little headache-inducing but once the rest of the band comes in. it goes away.

9. First Aid

Why does the beginning sound just like “Beat Flash”?  There’s no time to ponder it because the song really brings the energetic side of HAYASHI out and was I surprised how much pep he has in his singing.  It does seem weird that the song has the most unusual arrangement, but it sorta works since it is POLYSICS and sometimes the nonsensical lyrics is the reason why.  Though, HAYASHI doesn’t have to yell ~FIRST AIIIID~ my goodness….take a chill pill XD

9. Fire Bison

Interesting title aside, Fire Bison is a strange song (of course) and it seems like KAYO starts off the song singing, but she’s in vocoder to the point where her voice sounds like a guys which is a little bit strange, but HAYASHI comes in and energizes the chorus and it’s lulzy to hear him say ~fiyaaah bisown~.  It doesn’t stand out too much on the album, but it’s alright.

11. Eye Contact

What a far-out arrangement this song has.  Eye Contact is strange tune mainly because of the cosmic arrangement and yet I’m not surprised they’ve done something like this.  I really do love the fact that the song only has KAYO and YANO being the music while FUMI is taking a break from all that rock.  I really liked the song, is that really surprising?

12. Beat Flash

I’m surprised that Beat Flash made the single, even though it was an alternate A-side.  From the single review, Beat Flash still hasn’t caught onto me as much because it felt a lot more messier than the other two tracks off of the single.  On here it does fit in quite snuggly of course, but I can’t help but still feel like it’s a rather messed up song.

13. Speed Up

Speed Up sounds like another “Cleaning” and saying that it was about speeding up makes a rather dull statement since most of the other songs are all faster.  I do like that all the singing members are featured just like “Shout Aloud!” and it’s more pop-tuned.  Maybe they should’ve released this as a single before hand.  That low growling before the last roll through the chorus was disturbing, but this is quite good.

14. Wasabi

Ending this wild album, Wasabi is the strangest song for sure.  KAYO is actually singing to this mix of Shibuya-kei and rock that just seems so random and oddly cute.  I just like her cuteness and her voice is like Toshiko’s from capsule….light and airy.  Way to throw me off balance their guys.

Tracks Recommended

  • Shout Aloud!
  • Cleaning
  • Eye Contact
  • Speed Up

Song of Avoidance

  • Beat Flash

I’m prolly not going to be the first to say, nor prolly not the only time this has happened, but this album felt really short.  All the songs seemed to fly by way too fast, but it did rather leave a good impression despite the short lengths of the song.  I do like the harder punching songs more and we need more songs with FUMI, KAYO, and YANO perhaps.  I mean it’s alright when HAYASHI does songs, but when he’s yelping constantly through each track, it does rather get grating after a while.  Thank god that E.L.T.C.C.T. tried to do something about it.  Good album, but they need to lengthen their songs just a tad more.