Supercar
OOKeah!!


4.5
superb

Review

by discovolante USER (85 Reviews)
August 7th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of Supercar's most uncompromising albums, it features a fantastic display of lo-fi shoegaze and bouncy alternative riffs.

One of the most influential groups to surface from the 90's Japanese indie bubble, Supercar dominated the charts with their whimsical mixture of melodic alternative riffs with noisy shoegaze and futuristic electropop. However, it wasn't until their 2000 album, "Futurama", that their electro roots were really grounded. On their early albums, their brilliant showcase of addictive lo-fi inspired licks and simple, yet highly effective, riffs seemed to be their initial style. "OOKeah!!" shows off Supercar at their alternative best, and manages to morph and contort itself into easily being one of Supercar's strongest albums.

"Sun Rider" has a bouncy little alternative groove to it, with lots of staticky lo-fi added as well, which will prove to be the album's main theme. The apathetic vocals of Koji Nakamura add a bit of a carefree vibe to the track, and the song works to be a wonderful opening track. "Jet Bee Town" is a track with tons of shoegaze-like atmosphere to it, and is one of the most addictive tracks on the album. The vocals of Nakamura are a bit drowned out in the sea of wailing guitars, clashing drums and booming basslines, all in a true shoegazing nature. "Satori" is another brilliant track on the album, and centers around hypnotizing melodious guitar licks and fizzled vocals by Nakamura. One of the loudest and proudest displays on the album, the distorted melodies of "Satori" by the band are truly remarkable in themselves, let alone the lethargic, yet mesmerizing, vocals of Nakamura. "Flicker" is a more straightforward sounding alternative track, and the nostalgic 1990's-esqued rhythms sound highly reminiscent to the group's earlier effort, "Three Out Change". The track does a nice effort of adding in more level-headed, approachable grounds to the usually loud and lo-fi influenced style of "OOKeah!!". The dual vocals of "Summer Tune", as well as the carefree shrieking guitars, seem to pay homage to the alternative pioneers, Sonic Youth. The molasses-like groove of "Desperado" is just simply fantastic, and its sludgy-alternative blend also seems reminiscent to the 1995 album "69/96", by now-world renowned artist, Cornelius.

Although those specific tracks seem to be inspired by those two artists, the signature vocals of Nakamura simply makes it Supercar's own, and his zombie-like sheer alternative croon would make Kurt Cobain smile with pride. Along with having a keen knack of shoegaze melodies, that is exactly what separated Supercar from the rest of the indie-inspired spew of Japanese rock bands in the 1990's. At the end of the day, Supercar's 1999 album, "OOKeah!!", is without a doubt one of the group's finest albums, and is probably one of the greatest alternative albums Japan has to offer, period.



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discovolante
August 7th 2014


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic group, indeed. The only song I really knew by the group for a while was "Cream Soda". Glad I delved deeper into their catalog.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2020


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

This is like sawn-off Supercar - really immediate and scuzzy, even more than the debut. Kinda vibing with it, I think...

sixdegrees
January 4th 2020


13127 Comments


ya this is fun

Trifolium
January 4th 2020


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, enjoy this one a lot too.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2020


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Might maybe prefer this to Jump Up, although the highlights on that are godly. How's OOYeah!! compare? that's my last to check

Trifolium
January 4th 2020


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it's very similar, can't really tell these two apart from memory haha. Weren't they meant to be a double album? Think I read something like that once.

The highs on Jump Up are incredibly high, that's for sure!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2020


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I swear Miki's lalala bit on the Jet Bee Town bridge is the most persistently catchy shit in the universe

Trifolium
February 11th 2020


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One great album after the other with these guys and girl.

SandwichBubble
May 14th 2020


13787 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Production reminds me of Wavves or something

which, despite me liking lo-fi stuff generally, doesn't sound very good.

"Summer Tune" is a tune though.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2020


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

think I prefer this to OOYEAH!! although the closer on that one might the best track between the two

Trifolium
December 27th 2020


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two very cute albums, nicely crunchy and loose.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2020


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

trif i dare you to rank every song on both albs i am bored

Trifolium
December 27th 2020


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude what!!? I'd need to think about that and listen to them again to do that. Dare accepted though.

Trifolium
May 19th 2021


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump for OOYeah!!'s HeLP, such a GOOOOOOOD track!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2021


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

YES a banger! one of the best bangers sometimes

Trifolium
May 19th 2021


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes! It is. At least we agree on that.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2021


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Jamming this one again and Jet Bee Town thru Flicker is a killer killer stretch mmmm

Trifolium
May 19th 2021


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AgreeeeEEEEEeeed!!!





I have secretly been shuffling through all of my Stereolab, Cocteau Twins and Supercar for a few days now. Almost 500 tracks, over 35 hours of lovely tunes, they actually go super nicely together!

Trifolium
June 10th 2021


38539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one is for OOYeah !!'s Freshman Head (number 2).



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Dear reader (a.k.a. Johnny): we should make work of reviewing the Supercar-orphans. ASAP!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2021


59459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Hey YES uh which is next



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