I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ミドリ - shinsekai [2010]

So, let's see what type of note they go out on. Extremely kawaii first track with some interesting amounts of atmospheric keys. As I was expecting, "凡庸VS茫洋" kicks in like a sledge-hammer and the chaos continues all the way through the track. It isn't as groove-oriented as the first album, but it's got a shitload of forward momentum. "さよなら、パーフェクトワールド。" jumps between calm/catchy and completely over the edge screaming with a slightly more down-beat tempo. This album manages to be fairly different from the rest of their stuff with lovely surprises sprinkled throughout the album (listen to "メカ" for the best example of this). There's still very little of the original punk influence on this album; it's mostly jazz with some screamy vox. However, "あたし、ギターになっちゃった!!!!!" really feels like a return to the form of the first album. Overall, it's the little things that make this a good album. The songwriting has changed quite a bit, but it hasn't moved forward all that much. However, the changes and "surprises" (for a long-time fan, anyway) are wonderful to behold. As always, I just wish there was more Punk in the mix.

Rating: 8


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