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【Duration】 Friday,April 4th,2014 12:00～Monday,April 21th, 2014 18:00 *Japan Time
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Xio’s 2013 Top 10
As the year draws to a close, everyone be doin’ all dese lists n’ shit.
I, too, am about dat life.
Here are my top 10 favorite albums of 2013!
Followed by a bunch of other albums that I enjoyed throughout the year as honorable mentions. Hopefully I didn’t miss any … but if I did, there’s a good chance I never got around to hearing it anyways.
the god and death stars’ “dawn of the god”
Genre(s): Melancholic Alt Rock
Fav Trax: 半分人, brother mustang
Crisis Arm’s “Fetch”
Genre(s): Psychedelic Shoegaze
Fav Trax: Defect, Death Clone
Hotel Mexico’s “Her Decorated Post Love”
Genre(s): Chillwave, Psychedelic Pop
Fav Trax: boy, A Palm House in the Sky
Tommy february6’s “TOMMY CANDY SHOP ♥ SUGAR ♥ ME”
Genre(s): Dance Pop, Hi-NRG
Fav Trax: Summer Bubbles, Be My Valentine
honorable mentions …
Sun Devoured Earth’s “Ellilan”
Barrow’s “Though I’m Alone”
Childish Gambino’s “Because The Internet”
Alex Donley’s “Bewitched”
capsule’s “CAPS LOCK”
Tommy february6/heavenly6’s “FEBRUARY & HEAVENLY”
bloodthirsty butchers’ “youth （青春）”
Nevermind Me’s “Nevermind Me”
Brian the Sun’s “NON SUGAR”
the cabs’ “Regenerative Landscape”
Iceage’s “You’re Nothing”
SHILFEE AND TULIPCOROBOCKLES’ “the right are each other”
luna sea | a will (1994)
Okay, well, everyone at jrocknyc has been planning on reviewing one of our most sought-after release from a VK-associated Japanese band and after around 8 listens on 8 different days from 8 different weeks on 8 different sets of headphones(actually 3), I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t have much to say about A WILL. Most of it is just so boring and by-the-numbers for me that I can’t push myself to explore it in detail. It should be known that I seldom listen to anything from SHINE onward.
It’s because of this lack of enthusiasm that I will be ranking tracks and giving short blurbs on the tracks that matter to me instead of typing out a deep analysis full of justified opinions on every track … oh, and I added a little bonus at the end that might spark debate, I dunno.
the really enjoyable tracks that I’d go back to …
As Cliff pointed out initially, the lead riffage on this song sounds so very NARASAKI that I wouldn’t be surprised if he contributed this tune to the band or came in as a guest guitarist. The vocal melodies on this track get pretty close to something they’d do on MOTHER, though, and it has a powerful, driving energy that pumps me up.
- The End of the Dream
A killer repeating lead riff and a few really memorable melodies that stick in my head after listening. This song feels like the closest they get to their STYLE charm on the whole album, while the majority feels more like a continuation of LUNACY.
the not-bad-but-nothing-amazing tracks …
Fun surf riffs and a bouncy tempo. The verse is pretty boring and forgettable, but that chorus is worth the listen and this rank.
Feels a bit like a Tourbillon song in that it really does nothing to get the blood pumping or stimulate the creative senses but you don’t hate it and you could imagine a Japanese dad playin’ it in for his kids while driving to or from a park or a family cook-out or something.
- Anthem of Light
Does a decent job of building up the album as an intro track with a sweeping chorus and has some nice SUGI noodles here and there.
Decent pop rock tune. The chorus almost sounds like BELIEVE’s bridge for a half second and that’s nice.
the total throwaway garbahj …
Honestly, this should probably be in the middle-ground list above because it has a cool 45 second SUGISOLO, but the solo couldn’t carry the song on its own.
Just didn’t absorb me, nor I it. I’m listening to it right now and I’m forgetting each second as it passes.
I’ve heard this song a thousand times by a thousand different artists.
NOW THAT THAT’S OVER, IT’S TIME FOR …
Fav Track: FAKE
Runner-Up: IN FUTURE
Fav Track: ANUBIS
Fav Track: MOON
Runner-Up: IN MIND
- LUNA SEA
Fav Track: SHADE
Runner-Up: BRANCH ROAD
Fav Tracks: WITH LOVE
Fav Track: NO PAIN
Fav Track: Be Awake
- A WILL
Fav Track: Metamorphosis
Runner-Up: The End of the Dream