Maximum the Hormone
Yoshu Fukushu


4.5
superb

Review

by Pedro Jales USER (2 Reviews)
April 27th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 07/31/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A song about Freeza coming to the planet Namek after revenge, Alien and sperm are some of the themes found in the wonderful album "Yoshu Fukushu". All of this, on the best of Maximum the Hormone's style!

"Yoshu Fukushu" is the fifth studio album of the band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE and got deservedly achieved 1st place in the most important Japanese music chart, Oricon. Deservedly so, because this is a major achievement in a time where the domain is with artists who are making embarrassingly bad music, such as AKB48 and its bizarre variations.

With the responsability of maintaining the band music level as amazing as their previous works, including the LP "Buiikikaesu", which was a huge success. This album included way too different songs like "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nururu Rero Rero", "Bikini sports punchin", "Akagi" and also the song that made me aknowledge this incredible band's existence: "What's up, people?!". For those who don't know, this song was the second opening theme for Death Note, one of the best animes i've ever seen, i'm serious.

Now with "Yoshu Fukushu", the band proves that they can have a unique, crisp sound for years, reinventing themselves and still be natural for his fans and people who just want to enjoy a good sound. What i'm trying to tell you guys, is that they achieved something that almost any band can't do, that is still sounding the same band and preserving their musical roots and influences, but yet showing improvements on their newest projects.

The album starts amazingly well with the song that gives the album its title " Yoshu Fukushu". This song is introduced with the soft drummer's voice Nao Kawakita, (which deserves recognition for her drumming on this album, showing different styles throughout the entire album, making some drummers out there kneel to her techniques) then followed by the typical "musical punch in the face" with a gorgeous breakdown riff. The next song that derserves highlights is "Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta", another great song with well balanced catchy riffs and fierceness.
If you're a Dragon Ball fan like me, you'll need to have a listen to "F", the song is sung completely in japanese, but i invite you to take a look at its translation over the internet, you won't be disappointed!

I would say that this album has almost no lows, and the members of the band once, used their strenghts to and i would consider a "Classic" if it had appeared more songs like "Yoshu Fukushu", the awesome "A.L.I.E.N" which starts extremely heavy and ends with a melodic base and a nice sing-along chorus, "Tsume tsume tsume" and the song with the band's name "maximum the hormone", which for me, were the songs that really impressed me and got my attention, but this is definitelly a "Classic" album for those who really enjoy MAXIMUM THE HORMONE's style and also wants to have some fun with the band's way of songwriting. For those who never been into MAXIMUM THE HORMONE sound before, i would encourage to listen if you're looking for something unconventional but at the same time very catchy and addicting.

Also, please Mr. Daisuke, Ryo, Ue and Nao don't leave us here waiting for more 6 years for another masterpiece of yours!


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FearThyEvil
April 27th 2014


12629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fun album but the vocals can become grating

Azn.
April 27th 2014


5612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very fun band

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Calc
April 27th 2014


12251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bout time someone reviewed this..

ashcrash9
April 27th 2014


391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one is just too long for its own good. Doesn't help that there's less going on and the back end drags, but it's all still MTH so whatevs.

Buiikikaesu >

CalculatingInfinity
April 27th 2014


1648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yay an MTH review :D. The t/t, Tsume Tsume Tsume and A.L.I.E.N are monster tracks although Buiikikaesu>this definately.



greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2014


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

A really fun album that's a bit inconsistent. Some tracks just aren't really good, but the majority slays.

Digging: Dope Body - Lifer

CalculatingInfinity
April 27th 2014


1648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@greg84: Pretty much, tracks 4, 5 and 13 are flow killers and they could have done so much more with track 9. I brought this on day 1 with the 1st Press import, kinda regret it really since the album was a disappointment but it looks brilliant and it's a great album despite it's flaws.

ashcrash9
April 27th 2014


391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely.

4 and 5 go well together but are placed pretty weirdly. Track 3 is probably my favorite here.

CalculatingInfinity
April 27th 2014


1648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ash: Forgot how awesome and bouncy track 3 was, used to play that for days.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2014


6160 Comments


your name on front page just said mynameisthan

imagine my disappointment when this wasn't a joke review

mynameisthanos
April 27th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha, @GnarlyShillelagh: I didn't get it why you thought this was a joke review, but anyways, i think this means you enjoyed the review, am i right?

mynameisthanos
April 27th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Calc, i thought the same when i noticed there wasn't a review for this album yet. It really deserved!

eatmyoreo
April 28th 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Also, please Mr. Daisuke, Ryo, Ue and Nao don't leave us here waiting for more 6 years for another masterpiece of yours!"

If you didn't know, Nao (the drummer) became pregnant during 2009-2010. Weird that the next album have a song about sperms.


Brabiz
July 18th 2014


274 Comments


I own their other albums, didn't know this was out until now. Definitely have to check this out. Great band

CelestialOuroboros
August 7th 2014


435 Comments


I really need to check Yoshu Fukushu out. Though I probably won't enjoy it as much as I did with the band's preceding albums. It would be virtually impossible to top Buiiki-kaesu!

CalculatingInfinity
August 7th 2014


1648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I see it as their band's second best, behind Buiiki-Kaesu of course. Some awesome bangers on here.



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