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For 2014’s Overdrive, Shonen Knife do as many punk-pop bands before them eventually did. They slow the tempos, reveal a few more chops, and sound a bit more like a conventional rock band. Of course, leader Naoko Yamano does so while singing of the thrills of “Shopping,” eating ramen (“Ramen Rock”), and enjoying her “Green Tea” ice cream, so her own homage to The Ramones remains intact, even if here she’s sounding more like their Halfway to Sanity album than Rocket to Russia. This shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who’s been following the band for decades. It’s a welcome change, actually. There’s still a spunky joy to the girl group ballad “Fortune Cookie.” And to hear a few guitar lines sprinkled through “Dance to the Rock,” “Bad Luck Song," and the nearly five-minute “Robots from Hell” is just as rewarding as the harmonies featured on the sublime “Like a Cat.” Stylistic growth? Yep, it comes to us all.

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I was waiting for this cd since I heard it was coming out.

needed this

please make music forever, Shonen Knife!!!!!!!!!!

Still the Greatest Band

These girls still Rock!


Formed: 1981 in Osaka, Japan

Genre: Rock

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

During the early-'90s alternative wave, veteran Japanese indie rock trio Shonen Knife made major fans out of alt-rock's elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky-sweet punk-pop. Formed by Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums), Shonen Knife started in December 1981 in their hometown of Osaka, Japan, where all three members were working...
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