Midori
Shinsekai


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin Kurber USER (53 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2012 | 13 replies | 1,841 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: another excellent spazz-jazz record from the noise rockers

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

What a crazy voice this chick has; she just sounds like a moody, rampaging child. On the first track she sounds like a little girl singing a lullaby or telling a story, then suddenly she's spewing ungodly conflagration into the mic like a mental case. The music is no different; jazz and punk are like Legos and lincoln logs, put together into grotesque, unstable edifices, puked into existence like some extraneous spaz attack. On one track she even sounds like she's mocking someone or something, like a true Peppermint Bratty, then she takes her vitamins and has her chocolate milk and chills out for a few minutes. It's chaotic, spontaneous and loud, but like a real little girl, its also sweet and fun deep down past the hissy fits.

On Shinsekai, Mariko Goto and friends continue to raise hell with the unlikeliest of weapons: pianos and cutesy vocals. Comprising their punk/jazz aesthetic, these elements make Midori the diamonds in the rough that they are, with Goto in particular sifting the sugars from her spice a little better this time around. Like on the band's previous effort, Aratame ma***e..., a song's mood or vocal delivery can go from kitsch to bitch like the flip of a switch, giving the music its erratic, eccentric appeal. But on Shinsekai, songs more often stay aligned with whatever bizarre mood affinity they are given; if a song's vocals are clean, they usually stay clean throughout, and likewise, if the instrumentation is loud and violent, it'll keep swaggering til' it's pooped. You also have songs that eschew the punk elements entirely, such as the album's bittersweet opener "鳩", leaving nothing but gentle drums, pianos and a wishful voice stringing together a very heartfelt and cute ballad-type song. What a treat. The album's final track swings in the opposite direction, vommitting crazy, noisy punk rock out from the album's fiery belly. Everything in between covers literally everything in between.

It's arguably a stronger album than Aratame ma***e..., but there's no boobs on the cover here so you probably don't even care. Correct yourself, because Shinsekai is a fruitful upgrade to an already badass sound.



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WashboardSuds
November 22nd 2012



4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meep

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2012



14481 Comments


she looks a bit rough but sounds interesting

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pizzamachine
November 23rd 2012



12568 Comments


haha can't wait to listen to this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2012



30291 Comments


If this is another review about girl's weeping and flowers and such...

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foxblood
November 23rd 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

duuuuuude

Cygnatti
November 23rd 2012



19946 Comments


sounds fucking awesome

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eternium
November 23rd 2012



16206 Comments


Other album rules.

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foxblood
November 23rd 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is basically exactly as good as aratame mashite, band rules so hard.
thanks for reviewing this man, it needed one.

Spare
November 23rd 2012



5223 Comments


good rekerd

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2012



4334 Comments


It sounds very interesting. I'll look into this as well.

FadedSun
November 23rd 2012



1138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^ J-pop? What? This won't be playing on any radio stations in Japan.

WashboardSuds
November 23rd 2012



4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its got some j-pop in it yea

JF Williams
November 23rd 2012



46 Comments


I love your first paragraph; I'm going to have to check this band out for once.



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