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Album Review

For a band with such an extensive back catalog, the occasional best-of is a must — and a pretty safe bet, too: the masochistic one-album-a-year schedule the Pillows have set for themselves results in a lot of filler, but all of it is eschewed on Rock Stock & Too Smoking the Pillows, which, despite its clumsy name, is the dream album the band never managed to lay down in the studio. The theory of the Pillows' sound is simple: take some Pixies riffs and a pinch of rockabilly, add a few doses of clean indie pop guitars and an endearingly nerdy vocalist, get some college alt-rock in the output folder. But the important thing is how to make this formula work, and Rock Stock is a collection of cases where the band scores. Most tunes follow the same inner pattern: a fast streamlined rhythm section that stays one notch below the punk tempo and a lot of guitar noodling on top; the noodling is occasionally diverse — see the bombastic "Scarecrow" or the mellow "Ladybird Girl" — and always catchy. The album could do with more variety — would it really kill the Pillows to make a slower song worthy of a best-of collection? "1989," the sole new track here, shows they can do that when they want to, although on the whole, Rock Stock doesn't offer much besides the main course. Still, for the uninitiated, this is a great introduction to the Pillows, showcasing their strength in mixing sunny Weezer hooks into intelligent guitar textures — as well as their tendency to overdo this approach now and then. For the converted, it's simple math: if there are enough songs on the LP that one doesn't own on studio albums, it's worth snatching up, but if not, there's little sense in getting it for a single song, even if it's a neat treat.

Customer Reviews


週間少年ジャンプに掲載されているSKET DANCEにてこのアーティストを知りました
マンガの中でFunny Bunnyを主人公たちが歌ってるの見て聞きたいと思い


CDの6曲目「Ride on shooting star」が抜けています。


どうやらライセンスがキングレコードの「ハイブリッドレインボウ」と「Ride on shooting star」はないようですね… ベスト1つ出すにしても色々と大人の都合が関わってきて大変ですな 個人的には、やはりCDで買うのが一番かと思います アルバム自体は最高なので星5個


Formed: 1989 in Hokkaido, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Japan's northernmost province of Hokkaido at a time when most of their Tokyo contemporaries were in thrall to the sounds of Seattle, Japanese three-piece the Pillows sidestepped the loud-soft dynamic to provide a more wholesome take on the alternative rock scene, inspired by the lyrical folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel and classic British pop, from the Beatles to the Jam. Outside of their homeland, the band is best known for its soundtrack to the anime series FLCL (pronounced "furi-kuri")....
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Rock stock & too smoking the pillows, the pillows
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 03, 2009

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