Boom Boom Satellites
EXPOSED


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mark Stebbing USER (36 Reviews)
January 17th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Exposed" is sonically superb; the frantic energy coming out of each beat and texture is a blissful electronic surge for the listener, showcasing the upmost talent that BBS have.

After 5 albums, the Japanese duo finally take advantage of the digital distribution of tracks and release their 6th studio album, "Exposed". Since their debut in 1998, "Out Loud", the band has evolved every album they put out, ranging from the jazzy "Photon" and "Umbra" to a more techno, drum n' bass revolved "On". They can be seen as a very experimental J-Rock band, especially with "Exposed" it has concreted their claim of entering the mainstream market. They are unafraid to mix genres and experiment; are keen to progress their sound with each album they release.

I first heard of this band when I read somewhere on the internet about their support with Daft Punk in their Japan Tour. With a little research on youtube and myspace, I was sold on this band, their sound is rather unique compared to other dance-rock oriented bands, an amazing live band at that too. Their energy on and off studio is always apparent, their talent is admiring in every aspect and "Exposed" reinforces their sound and determination to become the next big thing. We can take the album's title literally here and say that this is the album's purpose, to be exposed to the masses.

Straight from the opening of "Upside Down" to the end of "Get Back In My House", the album is sonically superb; the frantic energy coming out of each beat and texture is a blissful electronic surge for the listener. The amount of bass in "Exposed" rings the similarities of their previous album "On", signalling their continuing theme of dominating the dance-oriented style in their music, it may also seem that Boom Boom Satellites have may sacrificed the element of jazz influence which was more noticed in their first few albums in favour for mainstream glory. "Morning After" is a fine example of this theory, it's pulsating drum n' bass rhythm and extremely catchy vocal work overshadows the typical pop structure, it makes it seem much more than just a normal pop song. "Easy Action" is another track that replicates the simplistic structure of pop songs and usage of monotonous riffs, but their energy and talent of morphing these sounds into different textures and rhythms makes the songs seem complex.

One of the notable positives of the album is definitely the vocal work, all the songs sung in English. The vocal just seems to work hand in hand with the overall rhythm of the album and the atmosphere it gives, it acts like another instrument that creates its own importance, the japanese accent also adds some flavour to the songs too in an exciting way. A possible aspect of the album that may hinder some people's taste in this album is that the album is very dependant on synth (I say its reminiscient of Nine Inch Nail's "Pretty Hate Machine") and rhythm structures are sometimes repetitive, but
in my perspective, I say it acts as the bloodflow of the album, merging each song together into a one sonically explosive work, the amount of technical work and energy put into the album shows pretty much in the most perfect way on "Exposed".

Songs like "Fiends" and "Shut Up And Explode" portray the extreme catchiness within their complex and textural drum work and the amount of effects used to create such a euphoric loop feel to the vocals really divides BBS from other typical J-Rock band. There is definitely something special about this band which I feel hasn't been fully shown yet, sometimes the album does feel a bit too safe at times with not much room for experimentation like their previous work, it can be monotonous to listen to countless looped verses and heavy use of synth at points.

Boom Boom Satellites have come a long way in setting up their definitive sound, now that they have moved into the global market, "Exposed" has set them a kind of template for the band, where they can pick at it and develop a sound that progresses even further, and I'm sure with the sheer talent that BBS have, they can achieve that in the future.

Standout Tracks:
- What Goes Around Comes Around
- Morning After
- Fiend
- Easy Action



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Final Origin
January 17th 2009


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's some videos from this album if you're interested, cause I doubt you heard of these guys:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gaIwQLy09w0 - Intergalactic

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=38PwEJH__BI - What Goes Around Comes Around

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O9FpItx4Gsg - Easy ActionThis Message Edited On 01.17.09

gaslightanthem
January 17th 2009


5209 Comments


commentless review manggggg

Final Origin
January 17th 2009


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah i know it sucks big time...especially when its about to be pushed off the main page so quickly because of some guy being greedy...

gaslightanthem
January 17th 2009


5209 Comments


dw dude, it's a pretty good review - a few messy sentences but i'll pos

KritikalMotion
May 30th 2010


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is awesome as well. Thank you for reviewing this band.

bloc
May 30th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Didn't like this as much, but I'm with Motion; thanks for reviewing these guys.

Final Origin
May 30th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, no problem! Always great to see people getting into new bands. I agree this album is nowhere near as good as the new one, but its still quite solid. Try out the other albums too, but they are definitely different to the recent ones.

KritikalMotion
May 31st 2010


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be realistic my 4 will probably drop to a 3.5. I like to rate after first listen so that i can see where an album goes over time. This is a pretty fun album though.

KritikalMotion
June 24th 2010


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*Double/Bump

Just dropping back in too say I was completely wrong. This is so ridiculously catchy/fun that I'm raising my rating. I absolutely love this band.

bloc
June 24th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amen motherfucker

bloc
July 14th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Morning After ROOOOOOOLZ

bloc
September 9th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^This

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2010


31627 Comments


Schiz

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

bloc
September 9th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have baited you here successfully

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2010


31627 Comments


I was already here, just didn't post

bloc
September 9th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well then I baited you to make a post heh heh heh

pizzamachine
September 9th 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your mind tricks do not work on Deviant

bloc
September 9th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

On the contrary, kintups...MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA

pizzamachine
September 9th 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh dang you got me good! YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR TREACHERY

bloc
October 24th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

God knows why I initially had this at a 3, this killlllllllllllllls



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