Shiina Ringo
Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana


5.0
classic

Review

by Please repent USER (4 Reviews)
December 31st, 2011 | 221 replies | 18,934 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: please respond

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

There is something, that comes suddenly like a wind on a warm summer's evening. It takes you off guard, and leaves you without peace. It follows you like a shadow, and it's impossible to shake. I don't know what it is, so I can only call it love

Those were my sentiments upon first gracing my ears with the beauty of this album. Most -if not all- music can't click on it's own. We have to combine it with a person, a memory, a place, a movie, hell, even a colour. Only then does it take full effect and makes itself a part of our life, when we, consciously or subconsciously, offer it a gateway, a vessel to travel to our inner world. And it is all for the better when it comes as a surprise. When we go into something expecting nothing and get out with so much to accompany us.

What can be heard here cannot really be fit into a category or genre, at least I'm not aware of it. I can hear elements of electronic and rock music, swing, all sorts of avant-gardisms and even a harspichord. In the same vein life flashes before your eyes before you die, while listening to this album almost every musical experience you've had passes through your ears like a puzzle of musical pieces you didn't know were supposed to fit next to each other but frankly they do. No don't get me wrong, this is not a random mish-mash of genres and sounds, nor does it really include EVERYTHING you've heard but it is fresh (and warm) in such an exciting way that it doesn't leave room for generalizations.

I won't detail every track separately but suffice to say that this avant-garde brand of j-rock (if I dare use that term that I am not familiar with at all) changes moods a few times and the musical textures are very rich and fun to explore. Shiina's vocals are all sorts of beautiful, playful and ambitious at the same time. There's a fair deal of experimentation that goes beyond the use of various instruments and styles and a few samples as well to breathe life into the whole thing (as if it needs it, it's the most lifeful album I've listened to).

It could be the fact that I don't understand a word that she sings but everytime the album is over I feel like I went through a thousand Japanese films, hundreds of images conjured to fit the musical enviroment and shape it's boundaries in my brain, what part of me it can or cannot affect. I could praise it for it's musical prowess alone or for the fact it travels me to so many places without even being "atmospheric" music or simply because it is impossible to grasp.


Dedicated to a fair amount of days.


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Oathbreaker
December 31st 2011



1649 Comments


It sucks but at least I kept my promise.

LegendofPittman
December 31st 2011



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally, a review for this.

Rev
December 31st 2011



9380 Comments


woah sounds like I need to hear this

psykonaut
December 31st 2011



3913 Comments


well that was a difficult download to find

Jash
December 31st 2011



4244 Comments


I tried to grab one of her other albums but the stupid download was weird and the folder only had the first two songs, they were sooooo good though, I'll be checking this one out for sure. She's got an amazing voice

Jash
December 31st 2011



4244 Comments


And I have a soft spot for hot Asian girls

scissorlocked
December 31st 2011



3508 Comments


never heard of her

will check- nice job man!

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

FadedSun
December 31st 2011



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes!! This site needs more Shiina Ringo love. This album is classic.

FadedSun
December 31st 2011



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Anyone looking, it's probably best to type in something like Shiina Ringo discography torrent.

ShousoStrip
January 1st 2012



574 Comments


Instant classic.

Spare
January 1st 2012



5252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review's ok. quit saying avant-garde. rating's correct tho. someone do shouso strip.

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WashboardSuds
January 1st 2012



4984 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cool, this needed a review.
album's good and needs more attention

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North0House2
January 1st 2012



5812 Comments


Me gusta la review. Gonna check this out.

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ShousoStrip
January 1st 2012



574 Comments


more 5s please?

SaneTBP
January 1st 2012



1644 Comments


Sputnikers should stop writing reviews just to keep this on the main page.

ShousoStrip
January 1st 2012



574 Comments


stop messing the thread my alts!

SaneTBP
January 1st 2012



1644 Comments


sorry

ShousoStrip
January 1st 2012



574 Comments


yea

Oathbreaker
January 1st 2012



1649 Comments


Stop bumping this, christsake.

SaneTBP
January 1st 2012



1644 Comments


ok



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