Ling Tosite Sigure
Just a Moment


4.5
superb

Review

by instantradical USER (64 Reviews)
August 16th, 2010 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sigure's major-label debut is a dynamic portrait of a brilliant band at their best.

It's always a disconcerting experience when a well-regarded young indie rock band makes the transition to a major label. We've all seen it happen: an artist with tremendous creative potential jumps at the chance to gain millions of fans, not to mention money, and their songcraft is strangled in an attempt to make more accessible music. Some, like Sonic Youth and Thrice, have done quite well under major labels, while other bands have been less fortunate.

Any fan of Japanese indie luminaries Ling Tosite Sigure might have met the band's decision to join Sony Music with similar trepidation. Fortunately, any concerns that the trio's high-octane rock onslaught would be diluted by major-label meddling were subsequently blown away by "Telecastic Fake Show," the band's first single under the new label. Pounding the listener with a blazing power rock assault before easing into the driving verse, it's immediately clear that high-strung guitarist/vocalist Toru Kitajima is still in firm control of his band as the group careens through their chaotic songcraft.

If the single, the first from 2009's just A moment, was a deliberate attempt to show the band's perpetually restless spirit, the rest of the album shows Kitajima and his bandmates branching out beyond their post-hardcore roots to tackle a wider range of emotions than any of their previous albums. The opening tracks deliver a seamless fusion of furious rock and calmer passages in an unpredictable manner, while balancing them out with a more deliberate pace compared to their usual, breakneck progressions.

"Tremolo+A" is proof that despite maintaining a consistent and recognizable sound, the band is not constrained by their distinctive tastes. It's Sigure's first track based entirely around acoustic guitar, and offers strong melodies as Miyoko Nakamura's bass and Pierre Nakano's drums propel the song's rhythm section. "JPOP Xfile" conceals its progressive underpinnings beneath a surprisingly radio-friendly veneer, while "A 7days Wonder" is driven by a nearly danceable beat and is easily one of the album's best tracks.

"A over die" is the group's first all-instrumental song, and while a good tune in its own right it is somewhat disappointing that the band doesn't push themselves to their instrumental limits. After the fury of "Telecastic Fake Show," "seacret cm" gives the band room to relax around some softer singing and atmospheric guitar. "Moment a rhythm" slows down further to a more introspective and reflective tune that evokes post-rock and TK's surprisingly skillful quiet singing before erupting into a howling guitar solo. The final track, "mib126," is not only the best on the album but one of the band's finest songs overall, displaying a mastery of their distinctive style as it builds from a nervous tension toward its panic-attack climax. “In the world you bastards made!” TK screams before an astonishing, otherworldly transition that fires the song into high gear for a powerful ending.

Although just A moment doesn't stray too far from the band's established style, it covers more ground than any of their previous releases and shows that there's still a lot of talent in them. Joining a major label has, if anything, made them even more determined to craft distinctive-sounding hard rock. just A moment isn't quite as powerful as Inspiration Is Dead, but the record shows a group of meticulous, precise musicians crafting a world of sound that's all their own – and once they've drawn you in, you won't want to leave.



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Captain North
August 17th 2010


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was intrigued and checked them out on youtube. Getting now. I know its not on this album, but Disco Flight is ridiculously awesome. I have it on loop right now.

Dryden
August 17th 2010


13551 Comments


really

Captain North
August 18th 2010


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This deserves way more attention

instantradical
August 18th 2010


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree completely.



Unfortunately, nobody wants to listen to music that's not in English, it seems.

Sheeple9000
November 27th 2010


1349 Comments


Unfortunately, nobody wants to listen to music that's not in English, it seems.

Sigur Rós

amanwithahammer
June 21st 2011


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually Kyle, 4.5

instantradical
November 14th 2011


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have to at least pretend to be an objective reviewer, you know.

FrozenVain
November 14th 2013


3039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This would be a 5 but Inspiration Is DEAD is even better so wow what a situation I'm in here



EDIT: Whatever it's a fucking 5

instantradical
September 7th 2015


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still think mib126 is Sigure's best song.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2015


14588 Comments


id actually listen to this band if they were on spotify

Digging: Camel - Mirage

Boyproblems
February 27th 2016


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mort, you've got to listen to this man. Really good stuff

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


14588 Comments


ok man i will

EvoHavok
February 27th 2016


7702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, awesome album.

Digging: Lacuna Coil - Black Anima

Aberf
April 1st 2016


2502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.0 from Evo? I thought you would rate it higher or something. You probably got startled by the vocal lol.

instantradical
October 18th 2016


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Looking back, this is one of my absolute favorite Sigure releases, probably my #1 or #2 at this point. Just A Moment probably has the most variety, and it's by far their most deliberately paced album with the best atmosphere.

Aberf
June 22nd 2018


2502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still brilliant

decisions
August 14th 2018


456 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Only discovered these guys last year but I really consider this to be one of my favorite albums ever at this point. It really effects me emotionally.



I just heard the full version of Just A Moment for the first time and the ambient section is like extremely haunting. And the artwork? Creepy vibes for sure. It's amazing though - LTS goes horror



EDIT: I mean the full version of "Moment A Rhythm", the single.

SteakByrnes
August 14th 2018


16063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude hell yea, this album is spectacular

Digging: PVRIS - Hallucinations

decisions
August 14th 2018


456 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hell yeah it is, but in my last post I mean the full version of Moment A Rhythm haha - not the first time I've heard Just A Moment, I've probably jammed this thing a hundred times over the past year.



When I was really depressed in college for a while I would start the album at Seacret Cm and fall asleep to it every night. Last three songs are just something else. On every other LTS record I prefer the faster songs generally but the way this closes out is just insane. Then again, the song before Seacret Cm is freakin TFS. Well, I guess that's why I gave this album a 5. lol

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2018


17254 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is absolutely unbelievable

Digging: Yeule - Serotonin II



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