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Sakanaction – Music January 25, 2013

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music

Track Listing

  1. Music
  2. Eiga (Conte 2012/11/16 17:24)

1. Music

Sakanaction to me have went a brighter and for a little more of fun direction with their music and with Music, that kind of solidified that for me because it’s bright and spacey.  Like a brighter “Bach no Senritsu”.  It’s catchy though and Ichiro sounds actually a bit interesting to me because he’s hitting high notes but still retaining his 1-dimensional tone so there’s a lot of improvement to be had.  I think it’s my favorite of this era between this, “Boku to Hana” and “Yoru no Odoriko”.

2. Eiga (Conte 2012/11/16 17:24)

I really don’t know what’s going on here, at first I though Eiga was an older song of theirs, but it’s not and I also thought it was a live performance, but it’s not even that! >.>.  Getting into the track, it’s a bit odd at the beginning because it sounds like we’re on the road and then returning home?  About a minute and a half in, the melody starts to play (but it’s really light?).  About 2 and a half minutes in, the outside sounds disappear and Ichiro finally starts to come in but he sounds so QUIIIET.  I like random, but this a bit over the top on the weird scale.

 

 

As the group’s 3rd and last single before their next album releases, Music…is a strange one indeed.  I enjoyed the A-side quite a bit and it’s my favorite within the album era which is good…Eiga on the hand is just a little out there for me and doesn’t really make much sense (though I think I’ve heard that melody somewhere before >.<).  It’ll be interesting what their sound will be like for the album.

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Sakanaction – Yoru no Odoriko September 3, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Yoru no Odoriko
  2. multiple exposure
  3. Boku to Hana (sakanaction Remix)

1. Yoru no Odoriko

I have to say, Yoru no Odoriko is quite something else when it comes from Sakanaction because I ended up really enjoying this song even with it’s random PV.  It has a bit more life strewn through it and Ichiro doesn’t sound as boring as he did in “Boku to Hana” which is surprisingly good.  I still kind of feel like it doesn’t feel like the singles they’ve released for “DocumentaLy”.  Still, this is a fun song to listen to.

2. multiple exposure

For the B-side, I also felt they tackled it a lot stronger than they did with “Neptunes”.  I like how the song builds up most of the time with Ichiro singing but what it came out to was a little bit of a bummer since it’s a little slower than the synth beats.  I think it’s ok but I don’t think it’s as good as some of their older B-sides to be honest.

3. Boku to Hana (sakanaction Remix)

As predictable as a the choice was, we have a remix of Boku to Hana closing the single out and I’m kind of chuckling because it’s a remix from the band themselves.  Though for the newbies, there’s no lyrics involved in the remix which might confuse some people since the group is just dealing with the melody of the A-side and not focusing on Ichiro’s performance.  For a near 7 minute remix, this was kind of nice though I wonder how it would’ve sound if the vocal melody was kept in.

 

 

As the second single released for the era, Yoru no Odoriko did much better od a job than “Boku to Hana” that’s for sure.  The leading song is festive and kind of fun to listen to.  multiple exposure is alright, but the fact that it kind of builds up to a unmomumental chorus makes me frown a but.  As for the remix of Boku to Hana….it’s OK, but I think it would’ve been better with Ichiro’s vocals in it…A step up, but not too big of one.

 

Sakanaction – Boku to Hana May 31, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Boku to Hana
  2. Neptunes
  3. Rookie (Takkyu Ishino Remix)

1. Boku to Hana

Sakanaction seems to be cooling down a lot more with their A-sides and Boku to Hana might be lightest A-side I’ve heard.  It’s light and straightforward which songs like “Rookie” and “Identity” aren’t actually.  I must say as well, the arrangement reminds me of a school food punishment tune…where’s my randomness from Sakanaction?

2. Neptunes

Well, the B-side could be the closest thing to intriguing?  as we get.  However, the song kind of turns up like “Ryuusen” from their “DocumentaLy” album.  Meaning, it’s really low-key and slow and just snail-paced the entire time.  It does get more interesting towards the end but by the time you get to that point, you’re just wanting to move on and you kind of pass it over.  Just not what I was hoping for a B-side.

3. Rookie (Takkyu Ishino Remix)

Pretty cool that we get a remix of Rookie on the single but like the remix he did for school food punishment, it’s kind of repetitive and hard to keep interested because of all the repeating.  You really don’t get a lot of the song until the middle which is nice but it’s kind of like it took that long to get there.  7 minutes was just too long for this.

 

 

Sakanaction begins a new round of singles starting with Boku to Hana.  To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with this single.  The leading song was a little safe and kind of not the normal Sakanaction weirdness that I fell in love with.  Neptunes was just boring and only got better at the end…still BORING.  The remix for Rookie was also boring, but because it was repetitive and was a little too long.  I hope they fix themselves up!

 

Sakanaction – DocumentaLy October 5, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. RL
  2. Identity
  3. Monochrome Tokyo
  4. Rookie
  5. Antares to Hari
  6. Kamen no Gai
  7. Ryuusen
  8. Endless
  9. DocumentaRy
  10. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  11. years
  12. Document
  13. Holy Dance Like a live Mix (Limited Editions only)

1. RL

As the intro of the album, RL is kind of empty of an intro, but it does its job well considering the lack of instrumentation.  I mean it’s Emi playing something (more than likely keyboards) but this is pretty useless as an intro considering it leads into “Identity” lol.

2. Identity

It did somewhat work since it began with bongo drums and it turns into this rather aggressive synth/rock mixture.  I didn’t think it really captured the initial feel of the band prior so this was more experimental in my opinion, but I think they tackled the song quite powerfully thanks to Ichiro’s vocals.  I do consider this the worst of the three A-sides released prior to the album, but it’s not a bad song to be honest.

3. Monochrome Tokyo

A new track appears in between the two A-sides and I must say that Monochrome Tokyo reminds me of “Slow Motion” with the 80’s new wave sound but a little more focused on a beat and Ichiro’s vocals.  I love that the verses are rather quiet and then the chorus brings a nice breath of fresh air.  I will say the chorus reminds me of “Identity’s” but that good because it fits better with a song like this.  It’s quite awesome of a song!

4. Rookie

I still can’t get off of loving this song!  Rookie is just so dramatic yet powerful in the way it was handled.  I love the way Emi works her magic in this song and it works with the way Ichiro was singing the song being all fluffy and effervescent.  It’s a great song to listen to and while it might not be full of the rock the group has shown so far, this is experimental done right.  It might comes off as long but it’s just how the song comes off as.  Best A-side of the era!

5. Antares no Hari

After “Rookie” comes a string of new songs and Antares no Hari is a bit more upbeat and lively than the previous track so it might comes as a little bit of a surprise.  It does have this interesting funk style going for it and it’s interesting nonetheless but coming after some pretty epic tunes, this feels a little underwhelming at the most.  The synth solo in the middle of the song was cool though, won’t lie about that lol.

6. Kamen no Gai

Our next track did bring the rather interesting DEVO-esque style back with Kamen no Gai and I really felt like I enjoyed this one more since it reminds me of some school food punishment which might be not as surprising but whatever.  I liked this tune since it’s spazzy and very futuristic.  An improvement after “Antares no Hari”.

7. Ryuusen

Then comes the longest track of the album at six minutes in length.  I was pleasantly surprised that after the first six, Ryuusen would begin with natural instruments lol.  With the acoustic guitar being the base of the song it felt so light and dreamy to listen to.  It’s a very melancholic tune and yet it grows into a loud song.  To me, the song is very empty since the lyrics seem so sparsely heard…it’s nice but it needed more lyrics than repeating the title and slow-paced stuff.  Emi does place some weird synths in the song later on…but the tune stops at about 4 and a half minutes…the rest is just instrumental (like “RL”).  It really did feel like it was never gonna end and just lost my attention even before the mid-way point.

8. Endless

After that snoozefest, I came into Endless which begins with piano and made me wonder if it was gonna be a ballad.  Fortunately it isn’t because of Keiichi’s quick drumming (though light).  I like it since it’s got a little bit of punch and the second verse has this cool synth melody that I just approve.  Good lil tune here.

9. DocumentaRy

So here we are at the title track of the album.  It starts with Ichiro and Emi having a conversation? before synth bloops pop out and then grows into this kind of abstract piece of work.  It’s almost wanting to be a club beat, but it’s too light for that.  Oddly enough this is an interlude basically since Ichiro doesn’t sing and it’s only really Emi doing the work in the song.  It’s interesting but a little long and repetitive (at least until more bloops and bleeps are added).

10. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”

It did sound fitting that “DocumentaRy” came before it since they have the same thumping beat, but a little more oomph going for it.  I kind of like the positive atmosphere in this song and while the amount of singers for the chorus reminds me of “Identity” but everything else is quite nice.  It’s danceable and I love the melody…still doesn’t rank better than “Rookie” but this is still good stuff.

11. years

I’m not sure why they put the B-side from “Bach no Senritsu…” onto the album since to me it was one of the weaker tunes B-sides-wise.  I mean it’s still good and all that but the slow and dreary feel of this song rivals up with “Ryuusen” but has a little more life to it.  I guess I can see why it was chosen, but there were MUCH better choices IMO.

12. Document

Closing out the Regular editions of the album, we have another title song?  Ehhh, unlike most of the songs previous it’s more tame and uses more of a natural sound which is once again a nice change after everything before.  Though being that, it once again comes off as a rather sleepy tune like “Ryuusen”.  Luckily, there’s more things that I enjoy about it.  It’s has a better flow and there’s a good chorus as well.

13. Holy Dance Like a live Mix

Of course the limited editions would have an extra track.  However, it’s a new version of Holy Dance from the “Identity” single.  I honestly don’t hear the differences between the original and this version so it might be something that has to do with the title I guess.  Anyways, Holy Dance is such an interesting tune and despite it being so odd closing the album, it’s a really good song from them.  It’s like a mix of the synth stuff towards the front and “Bach no Senritsu…” it’s just good heh.

Tracks Recommended

  • Rookie
  • Kamen no Gai
  • “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  • Holy Dance Like a live Mix
  • Monochrome Tokyo

Song of Avoidance

  • Ryuusen

I must say that since a lot of people have said it’s their best album yet, I’m afraid to listen to their older stuff since I think DocumentaLy isn’t amazing or anything.  I mean granted they are pretty unique with their sound which feels like a more experimental school food punishment.  They have their great stuff but when they take Emi out of the picture (or make her do less) it becomes really boring and just not them.  I think it’s an album to warm up to since the songs have that good synth/rock feel…but iono.

 

Sakanaction – “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.” September 28, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  2. years
  3. Lightdance YSST Remix 2011

1. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”

I didn’t start really paying attention to Sakanaction again until I saw the wacky PV for this A-side.  As goofy as it sounds, it’s actually upbeat and more happier than either “Identity” or “Rookie” which is good since the band needed that I think.  Ichiro really sounds interesting in this song and since Emi once agains leads the arrangement with a funky synth/keyboard melody and such.  It’s fun and bouncy and I liked that about it…still doesn’t beat “Rookie” but this was nice XD

2. years

As the B-side, years actually takes out the electronic business and leaves the rest of the band to do some actual work for once hah.  I like how quiet it starts and how Ichiro quietly sings the tune as it slowly gets louder and then Emi comes in, but plays this jagged piano line which is kind of cool when paired with Motoharu’s guitar playing.  Overall it’s pretty good…a little sketchy with Ichiro’s singing…but passable!

3. Lightdance YSST Remix 2011

Closing out the single is a remix of one of the album tracks from their third album “Shinshiro”.  I haven’t heard this one so I can’t say much to compare with the original but the remix is interesting but sounds like typical Sakanaction work but with the major twist of filter usage here.  I like the spacey-80’s-ish feel here and it seemed to make the tune more futuristic!

 

 

As it is the band’s third and final single for the “DocumentaLy” era, “Bach no Senritsu…” was an interesting since.  Solid that’s for sure but it didn’t pop out as much as “Rookie” did but still better than “Identity”.  I think both of the main tracks are pretty good for the most part, years had vocal issues while “Bach no Senritsu…” wasn’t as spazzy as I thought it’d be…but still pretty good while the remix for Lightdance was the best off the single…and I haven’t even heard the original!!!  I wonder what the album will bring…

 

Sakanaction – Rookie

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Track Listing

  1. Rookie
  2. Slow Motion
  3. montage

1. Rookie

Now this is the song I would’ve expected to hear from Sakanaction.  Unlike the rock-focused “Identity”, Rookie is more synth-based and a bit ethereal as well.  After that opening, the song gets a bit more progressive and it sounds like a great collision of different stuff that’s oh so good.  It kind of does feel a little on the slow side, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

2. Slow Motion

Whenever I listen to Slow Motion, I get these 80’s synth-pop feel and it’s kind of an awesome nod to such a good era of music to be honest.  It’s pretty nostalgic and lead singer Ichiro sounds kind of dark but fits the overall atmosphere.  I have to say it’s difficult to decide to choose between which song I like more on this single.  My only odd thing here is the chorus which is oddly bright and puts Ichiro into higher notes lol. 

3. montage

As for the second B-side it’s definitely the weirdest of the single that’s for sure.  It seems it was made for the other members of the band that don’t sing since it is an instrumental track and all that.  I like the interesting feel here since it really sounds like a good remix or something.  Damn, they are pretty good not gonna lie!

 

 

I have to say they definitely made a good single out of Rookie.  There’s something eerie and yet epic about Rookie that just pulls me into the song and I have to say this was my favorite of the era.  Slow Motion was like I said, a great trek down memory lane and it worked but the chorus was a little off!  montage is just instrumental, but it shows the talent of the band in a nice 6 minute tune ^_^.  It’s probably also the best single of the era.

 

Sakanaction – Identity September 27, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Identity
  2. Holy Dance
  3. YES NO (AOKI takamasa Remix)

1. Identity

For my main introduction to the band, Identity is quite interesting that’s for sure.  I liked the mix of the band’s interesting take on the rock style mixed with tribal drums and an ethereal background in the chorus.  It’s pretty loud and moving and hearing Emi play the keyboard gives the tune more color.  It isn’t as amazing as “A Look Around” was but this is a good tune otherwise.

2. Holy Dance

However, they get more experimental with Holy Dance which switches the rock sound with Emi synths and such and it turned out to be an interesting move because this song’s odd arrangement actually worked for them.  I wished it stayed consistent because it gets really weird in the songs mid-section and interlude.  It just was strange all over the place and yet I liked it!

3. YES NO (AOKI takamasa Remix)

Closing the single is a remix of an album song off their last album “kikUUiki”.  Like the previous song there’s more of a pronounced feeling of experimentation clearly since this is a remix.  I didn’t hear the original so I’m not sure how much of a change happened but this is a very minimalistic track I’ve come to noticed.  So it’s not as exciting really.

 

 

Sakanaction’s first single of the “DocumentaLy” era will take a little time to get used to since Identity was a little odd being tribal, yet more focused on their rock side of their music.  Holy Dance though is my favorite off the single with the synths and strange atmosphere it gives off.  The remix for YES NO was a little boring and bare to listen to.  Strange single but I guess it works?