Les Rallizes Denudes
'77 Live


4.5
superb

Review

by relativeworld USER (4 Reviews)
January 17th, 2011 | 218 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Japanese noise rock in its purest form

Dada artist, Hugo balls once said " For us art is not an end in itself but is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in " All that happens in noise music is about reflecting overemotional feelings of anger, joy, dissatisfaction, euphoria… etc, in an anarchistic approach. put it in another way, Noise music is a kind of extreme music focused on expressions rather than forms to evoke moods and ideas.


Formed in late 60s by literature student Takashi Mizutani, The band played an important roll in developing avant-garde theatrical movement of Japan psychedelic music.
Live77 can be considered as a compilation, an adventurous best-of that the band at its peak of perfection released. There is a same formula for almost every song in this album, minimalist structure and feedback-ridden. The songs are mostly made of a deliberately simplistic folk electric guitar melody which starts the song and gradually drowns it in a sea of improvisational noise, drones and hypnotic japanese singing of Mizutani. The way he sings or wails reminds the listener of Japanese traditional style of singing and what struck me as odd is that there are moments which fit in Butoh dance, as mentioned before the band was associated with some theatrical acts but their passion for extreme volumes of sound became an obstacle in their collaboration with avant-garde theatre scene. Bassline is one of the greatest aspects of this album, It's jazz-blues-oriented, careful and thoughtful ,makes sometimes the band , look like a psych jam ensemble. It is something that does not let the music die in its often lengthy explosions of noise. As a comparison Jesus and mary chain's psychocandy is not as much as this dependant on bassline but on rhythm due to its 4-minute-average length of songs. here we have songs averagely 13 minutes.

Metaphorical lyrics ( English translation with a few exceptions is unavailable ) are mostly about solipsism, existentialism, dark subjects, death, political affairs, It is beautiful yet ugly; simple yet mesmerizing.The album is aesthetics of ugliness.A modern-era grotesque.It is lo-fi but not as raw as black metal noise releases. The noise music, essentially, and live77 no exception, is some kind of enigmatic all the way, first track called Enter the mirror says it all…It opens a door in a mirror, captures the listener in the other side of it, in its chaotic, surrealistic soundscapes where mystery rules.


Enter the mirror, Flames of Ice and 21-minute beast called "The last one" are my picks.


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Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


don't put spaces before commas. album rules. mizutani is just as good.

gamwtinmanatus
January 17th 2011


29 Comments


heard so many things about this one,and I found it difficult to find it

good review pal

relativeworld
January 17th 2011


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Bitchfork : I really need to do something about the punctuation ! Thanks!

gamwtinmanatus: I left a link in your shoutbox !Happy you liked the review! you seem like a new member like me , ha? so welcome !


gamwtinmanatus
January 17th 2011


29 Comments


yeah,thanks a lot man, I'm downloading it right now!

I'm not really a new member,this is just a new account cause I got banned for 2 weeks.So I must welcome you!Feel free to ask whatever you want.

Brave choice for second review.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2011


17986 Comments


isn't this rabbits favorite album ever

Digging: Volahn - Aq Ab Al

JustJoe
January 17th 2011


1399 Comments


So, it's finally got a review...

relativeworld
January 17th 2011


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

gamwtinmanatus: Oh yeah ? hahaha ! Merci pal ! By the way Bitchfork's suggestion " MIZUTANI" can be your next listen, If you enjoy 77 live

The Spirit : If so I guess Rabit has got an amazing taste !



liledman
January 17th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im not sure whether rabbit will be happy its getting attention or annoyed more sputnikers know it

SeaAnemone
January 17th 2011


20794 Comments


I really didn't like this... interesting concept but the delivery is just so off-putting-- not necessarily because it's abrasive, more because the music just seems to get swallowed up by itself and gets lost or something... then again I haven't listened to this in a long time.

Digging: Dirty Beaches - Stateless

relativeworld
January 17th 2011


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I would call something like Wold's Screech owl as Abrasive
77live is really harsh, I agree, but harshness is a factor in noise rock.
There are moments that the whole stuff is burried too deep in noise, but then again they cause the listener to experience a profound ecstacy.
There are too many noise rock songs with moments like this and I think here, the length is the thing that makes you not enjoy this as it deserves to .
Thanks for the comment , it's your opinion and respected .


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

someone sent this to me when i was 14 and i remember not getting it and deleting it. time to revisit

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011


15063 Comments


this is a cool album

it's just way too fucking long

relativeworld
January 17th 2011


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Electric city : I wish someone had done me the same favor ! Lucky you dude!

Robertsona : That's why I didn't rate it as a classic ! I must have mentioned it in review though .

Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


Oh points for dropping Wold's Screech Owl.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2011


17986 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJYmLVkdoGA



i really hope that this album is better than whatever the fuck this garbage is

Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


album is godly

relativeworld
January 17th 2011


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It truely is, Bitchfork
.
Spirit : So you haven't listened to it yet , Let us know about your opinion after you did, please.

couldwinarabbit
January 17th 2011


6996 Comments


best thing ever.

review has too many commas, but as I person who tried to write a review for this I know how painfully hard it is. Well done

Not enough 5's guys.

"im not sure whether rabbit will be happy its getting attention or annoyed more sputnikers know it"

50% of the people who will ever like this album are in this thread already so it doesn't bother me.

SeaAnemone
January 17th 2011


20794 Comments


saw a music video from this on mtv the other day but the girls in it weren't that hot so I switched back to VH1 cause that Train song was on HEY SOUL SISTA! WHyhahahmmhmmhmm

couldwinarabbit
January 17th 2011


6996 Comments


how the hell does this have music videos? it is a bootleg



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