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Album Review

From the self-styled rockers who walk the line between subgenres, Kimi Wa Taiyo is something of a minor masterpiece as a short set. Pleasant and crafted, if a little safe for the group, the title track is relatively standard fare, well-executed and walking the line between singer/songwriter emotion and power pop chord progressions (think of Hata Motohiro with a little less vocal ability). However, the B-side, "Okera," uses a driving guitar riff and sparse tom-tom hits from the drum kit to set the stage for a slightly dark rock ballad that alternates between hopeful melodies and echoing, empty verses. With the execution of both tracks quite high, the set showcases a lot of promise for the eventual full-length set that would include the pieces heard here. A good step for a normally middle-of-the-road band.

Biography

Genre: J-Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the nation's leading bands, Japanese pop/rockers Spitz sold more than 20 million records (albums and singles combined) over the course of their career and scored no less than 14 number one hits on the Oricon charts, and are still showing no signs of letting up. But this is not to say that the band is only career-driven — indeed, in their humble beginnings Spitz didn't think of commercial success, and didn't have any. The group dates back to 1986, when Tokyo art students Masamune Kusano...
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  • £1.49
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 26 August 2009

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