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Album Review

Flash Back, Japanese electro-pop duo capsule's tenth album in six years, completes the transformation that began with 2006's Fruits Clipper, from the post-Shibuya-kei sound that established the group's reputation to the harder electro sound that characterized their late-'90s sound, along with the group's main creative force Nakata Yasutaka's work as a producer. Opening with the short instrumental "construction" built around a sequencer pattern seemingly borrowed from Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Cue," Flash Back quickly leaps headlong into the heavy dance beats of the title track before the house-influenced "Eternity" coaxes the album back to poppier climes. It's a relentlessly stylish album throughout, rooted in the fashions and trends of its time, and one of the dangers inherent in the insistent "nowness" of everything that Yasutaka does, is that it leaves open the possibility that capsule's work will date quickly. This is evidenced by the vocoder that runs amok over the melodic "You Are the Reason," which anchors the song to its 2007 release, without the simplistic, beat driven pleasures of more direct, dancefloor-pleasing numbers like "MUSiXXX," or the more more explicitly retro influences and more quirky vocal sounds that allow tracks like "Get Down" to float free of their immediate musical environment and enter a kind of timeless, postmodern musical interzone. Nevertheless, the songwriting on Flash Back shows no sign of letting up, with Yasutaka's production skills moving forward yet again. The result is a consistent album that manages to balance beats and melody in a way that allows capsule to remain at once poppy and accessible, as well as musically one step ahead of their 2007 contemporaries.

Customer Reviews

*moves head CM style*

I know I say this on all of my capsule reviews, but oh well. This is such an AMAZING album! *Every single song* is catchy, starting with another of capsule's intros, Construction. FLASH BACK is probably the best instrumental I've heard in my lifetime. Despite the repetition in the lyrics, Eternity is one of those that you can't help but love "through all eternity," as Toshiko sings xD "You are the reason" sadly doesn't feature Toshi~chan's vocals, but even so, Nakata did really well (ha!) with the stock audio, making this a great track to make you want to dance! "Love me" is sort of the same style, but (and I'm not very good with musical terms)... in a lower key?? So good! "I'm feeling you" is so amazing as well; I really can't believe Toshiko held out the notes for so long and they still sound perfect. You can tell through the vocoder ;) Musixxx is catchy to no end... ehem, "through all eternity"... I've been distracted from situations many times going "m-u-s-i-m-u-s-i-x-x-x-x" like the song, lol. Get Down probably beats them all in the catchy factor. If there's a bad song stuck in your head or you need medicine for slight temporary depression, take your medicine in capsule form and listen to this one. Besides the fact this is great high-quality music!! Electric light moon light is a beautiful conclusion to the album :D A relaxed song, and one of the... two... that is almost completely in Japanese. Toshiko's voice and Nakata's music together are so relaxing on this one. (Again) I really recommend you buy the whole album!! If you watch the TV ad for this album on YouTube, you'll understand the title of my review completely, and you won't blame Toshiko much either =D Also, after checking contemode's website (capsule's record label), I see this *is* the whole album. And what an album =D


You might now know this but this isn't the entire album!!!! We are getting screwed. Itunes Japan has the entire thing. Thanks alot...

Not my fave, but still good

Capsule is by far Japan's best electro group and this is def in their top five albums. Although the album is a bit short, it still lives up to capsule's standards and contrary to other reviews this is the full album. I've seen this in the itunes Japan store and on several cd sites and the tracklisting is the same so stop complaining that this is not the full album. Honestly though, this is not my fave cd of theirs. They do have some great tracks on here but to me it's just not as solid as some of their other releases. Capsule is still a must for any electro fan fo sho! xD


Genre: Electronic

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

Japanese electronic pop duo capsule formed in 1997 with Nakata Yasutaka acting as composer, arranger, and lyricist, and Koshijima Toshiko providing vocals. Given the time of the band's formation, it is perhaps understandable that their earlier work provokes frequent comparisons with the then popular and influential "Shibuya-kei" movement, whose most well-known proponents include Cornelius, Pizzicato 5, and Fantastic Plastic Machine. Capsule's debut album, High Collar Girl, was released in 2001,...
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