6/10 Brian Staff review, 13 January 2012
Not sure about this, I realise it's probably really good but it doesn't really blow my sausage if you know what I mean? It's a highly polished and densely layered take (supposedly) on a genre called J-pop which is a cult style of clever Japanese pop music if you haven't figured that out yet. It certainly sounds rigidly constructed and quite powerful and I think the vocals are rather cute at times. Problem is there's probably too much depth and sonic debris here. I like my pop music light and erm...flimsy, nonchalantly anthemic, a bit throwaway. This sounds too mature and technologically accomplished, like an Oriental Lamb or something. Especially on the more stadium techno bits. It thunders along adequately but I'm left feeling like I've landed 20 years into the future and I'm awkwardly stood in a big arena with too many massive video screens in a strange alien land. I suddenly find myself badly wanting a pint of black sheep in a grubby old man's pub, even with something terrible like The Eagles playing quietly on the jukebox, soaking up the mundane clink of glasses and the snooker on the telly in the corner. This is making me feel a bit mad. For hardy ears who like ecstatic future pop, not for silly old me.
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