BABYMETAL
Babymetal


2.5
average

Review

by DrJohn USER (22 Reviews)
August 25th, 2014 | 130 replies


Release Date: 02/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Adulthood; it rarely comes as a gift or an instant quality acquired when one reaches the legally accepted age of 18 or 21.

Freshmen students of marketing may get indoctrination on how marketing covers existing needs and won’t create them from scratch. Though to a big chunk of the anti-consumerism movement or sceptics, this may seem as a pro-marketing approach, trying to tackle notions about the above non hard or non science at all being the vanguard of consumer manipulation, truth may exist in both parties... a balance point.

Japan is full of contradictions. Contradictions between the individual and society, contradictions between what is considered and revered as private and what is equally revered as public. In Japan it’s considered rude to kiss or to blow your nose in public, yet it is perfectly accepted for a 55 year old CEO reading a hentai magazine amidst a packed subway, magazines depicting themes far transcending kissing or nasal secretions. The approach/belief of Japanese people; backing down on individuality in favour of collective advancement creates a unique field for marketing with regard to the introductory sentence of this review. It seems like a uni-japanese constant resembling a benign and effective bipolar approach that evens out the cumulative rules, deep culture, rituals, tradition on one end and the complete opposite of fantasies, artistic freedom, private habits bordering/superseding obscene or modernisation on the other. The same individuals travel both extreme poles daily creating a balance point in the middle; moderation… From that single point stems the extract of Japan. For Japan, balance and moderation provide stability and order, not stagnancy. They could argue their formula getting ‘em there is effective…

Westerners not knowledgeable about the above intricacies should keep in mind; borders framing “norms” are a direct result of the culture surrounding the individual; a person willingly being stung by bullet ants may be considered as a prime candidate for institutionalisation in western societies, yet in some parts of the world it is considered an initiation ritual to adulthood… I am 100% sure Amuse, Inc. marketing department had all the above variables taken into consideration when building up this project, what I am not sure about is if they were so smart to have considered collateral gains of the western kind, or if they just got lucky with that.

What I further know is that when these three girls will be initiated into adulthood some years from now, they may feel like bullet ants stung them and took away their teen appeal Japan's pop scene is so infatuated with. Nonetheless, they are Japanese so I guess that they won’t show any pain. Moreover, their native audience will find new daily trips down the other pole after a hard day's work, in a new product amuse or any other Inc will launch to cover their needs. They won't treat it with more or less respect than it deserves, they know that it will be just a minor, replaceable piece in the puzzle. They have other parts worth of elevating to classic proportions, they also have shady pieces in their past not being forgotten… still hurting, not excuses to render them stagnant though. Yes, Japan is an adult society.

Now for those who see the sun rise several hours later each day biting their asses off - swearing or loving - their newest binary toy made in Japan, when Babymetal’s over they will have to disguise their malignant bipolarity in new love or hate endeavours… For some it will be 'cause they are true clinical cases who happen to like music, for some it will be sincere consumer tangible or downloadable dissatisfaction/satisfaction, yet for the vast majority it will be because of fear… Trying to delay the impending pain - moderation and balance or the goodbye impulsiveness - which accompanies a journey into adulthood; it rarely comes as a gift or an instant quality acquired when one reaches the legally accepted age of 18 or 21.

The graph on the top right of the screen plus what keeps going over music blogs with regard to Babymetal, may not provide a sufficient statistic sample that could render current charts - with numbers pertaining to bipolars, compulsives or borderlines - obsolete, but it can certainly make me think that a good chunk of music blog users long past the age of Suzuka, Yui and Moa are still more immature than them. Amusement corporations may have been able or lucky covering our stagnant needs before… let us hope; this will not be the case next time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrJohn
August 25th 2014


477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My following comment was posted in another Babymetal review amidst … you know what. Almost no-one gave any attention and all seemed to continue the - rule or suck path - with some exceptions truth be told. That’s why I extended it into the above review.

“The doctor humbly points out that Babymetal’s marketing department, certainly hit the jackpot when it pertains to advert targeting bipolar reaction; the word of mouth or mouse and keyboard click kind of no ad is bad… you know there are a lot more bps than those officially presented on record, and the whites know it… well done!”


zakalwe
August 25th 2014


8076 Comments


Incredible

YakNips
August 25th 2014


10681 Comments


In Japan it’s considered rude to kiss or to blow your nose in public, yet it is perfectly accepted for a 55 year old CEO reading a hentai magazine amidst a packed subway, magazines depicting themes far transcending kissing or nasal secretions.

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Futures
August 25th 2014


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this might be the worst "review" i've ever read

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Lakes.
August 25th 2014


27709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what is this guy trying to say here

deep shit man

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Futures
August 25th 2014


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no but really what the FUCK is this

DrJohn
August 25th 2014


477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thnx Zaka… I may see my hard earned 75% approval taking a nice dip! The thing is I don’t f*cking care. After all I am under oath here; curing patients is my goal, not serving them what they want :P

VaxXi
August 25th 2014


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Man, it's almost like different cultures and social expectations don't even exist and every single place in the world must follow the american standard.

Neg'd twice. because I can do what I want.

VaxXi
August 25th 2014


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wait nevermind, I can only neg once.

Futures
August 25th 2014


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this isn't even a review

eddie95
August 25th 2014


306 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Hardest 1 I've ever 1ed, never heard anything as ugly as this. NEVER.

I don't think it's a matter of hate though, or at least not for me: when I heard something like this existed for the first time I was slightly curious, so I started listening to it, the first song was not that bad, I must admit, but then it went worse and worse and I couldn't wait it to end. It's painful, it's dreary, it's music at its worst. I'd've never thought "music" could reach such a low level. And I'm not even a metalhead! I barely imagine their faces while listening to this...

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ChoccyPhilly
August 25th 2014


6161 Comments


Oh no, here we go again.

Can't stand the sound of this and I barely like cheerful/upbeat and happy music anyway

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Tunaboy45
August 25th 2014


2304 Comments


FUCK THIS BAND

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Tunaboy45
August 25th 2014


2304 Comments


"Can't stand the sound of this and I barely like cheerful/upbeat and happy music anyway."
[2]

Futures
August 25th 2014


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wow

Froot
August 25th 2014


985 Comments


inb4: a ban.

not sure who, not sure when, but it'll happen. i can feel it.

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DrJohn
August 25th 2014


477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@ Eddie and Tuna

as I said:

"for some it will be sincere consumer tangible or downloadable dissatisfaction/satisfaction"



Futures
August 25th 2014


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

4 people thought this was well written SERIOUSLY HOW

Green Baron
August 25th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Because it bashes Babymetal

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DrJohn
August 25th 2014


477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5


^^
Well some may find value in the non-linear approach mate...



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