Release Date: March 13, 2013
- Yoru no Odoriko
- Natetteatte Haru
- Boku to Hana
- Asa no Uta
Sakanaction are a Japanese band from Sapporo who fuse alternative rock, electronic, pop and new wave sounds. Their self-titled album is their sixth.
Formed in 2005, Sakanaction has released 5 albums previously and are currently riding a wave of mainstream popularity with their eighth single Music recently being used as the theme song for the Fuji TV primetime drama Dinner.
This album starts off with a strange introductory couple of tracks that sound like they belong more on a Ghost In The Shell anime soundtrack rather than an Electronica/Rock album. The intro and Inori combine to be rather long and boring.
Thankfully the rest of the album picks up from the third track on where a couple of the previously released singles such as Music and Yoru no Odoriko reside.
Much of the material during the middle section of the album is a display of strong Electronic influences with many familiar lead synth and bass patterns of the genre present throughout. Songs like Aldebaran, M and Aoi would not sound out of place on a dance floor or in a live house.
Although I tend to think these cater more to the live house myself. For some, many of the early tracks may be reminiscent of the Boom Boom Satellites.
As you get to the latter half the album things start to chill out a little bit. Gone are the banging beats and in are more traditional mid-tempo Pop/Rock songs.
These are hit and miss depending on your taste. Honestly the other single on this album (Boku to Hana) is probably the only real thing worth listening to, especially if you’re one who does not have patience for instrumental tracks or avante garde musical experimentation.
Overall this was great up to the point it slows down. Then it kind of derails. But don’t let that stop you from giving this a listen as there definitely is a lot more upside that makes Sakanaction worth your time.
Sakanaction (Limited Edition w/ Blu-Ray)