BUCK-TICK
Yume Miru Uchuu


4.5
superb

Review

by Arche USER (86 Reviews)
January 28th, 2016 | 109 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Buck-Tick's 18th full-length is a more accessible addition to their discography, yet is no less than magnificent for it.

Prior to the release of Yume Miru Uchuu, Buck-Tick's sound had been in a stage of transition for a while. Having well-and truly moved from their earlier 'positive post-punk' roots, even the cyberpunk style that they fashioned afterwards was well on the way to being morphed into a brighter still direction for them. Consequentially, their 18th full-length can be considered one of Buck-Tick's more instantly accessible releases, but accessibility should not be seen as a substitute for their signature adventurous streak; instead, their penchant for trying new things merely manifests itself in different ways, and the result is just as magnificent.

Complete with its irrestibly infectious opening riff and equally catchy chorus, 'Elise no Tame ni' is an immediate representation of the album's focus on being as positive a listening experience as possible. While it wouldn't be wrong to say that much of Yume... follows the basic formula of catchy hooks and irrepressible energy (although there are one or two exceptions, which will be brought attention to shortly), the manner in which Buck-Tick carry this out changes in the detail from track to track. To give but a few examples, 'Ningyo -mermaid-' carries a feel of the 1960s beach party in its drum pattern, 'Yasou' is heavily influenced by swing jazz and 'Inter Raptor' bears characteristics of classic synthpop alongside more conventional rock stylings. As a result, there are very few (if any) instances where Yume... feels stale, which does more for making it sound genuinely fun that anything else could.

It would be perhaps unfair to describe Yume... as a wholly whimsical song-and-dance number however, particularly given that some of the album highlights are those that dial down the pace a smidge. 'Kinji Rareta Asobi' evokes a vaguely 90s indie quality with its bright, clean guitar line, and this slightly less bombastic musical approach complements the heavy subject matter of Sakurai's abusive childhood. The eponymously titled closing track seems to carry a bittersweet tone to it too, the grandiose of the composition distorted slightly by the peals of feedback underpinning every moment. The effect is something decidedly emotional, and given the playful quality much of the album maintains, feels almost like the firework display at the end of a festival; a beautiful and fitting climax, yet through marking the end yields a slight pang of sorrow.

It's obvious that Buck-Tick are still, after all these years, a band that loves doing what they do. Their undeniably darker influences may be almost completely behind them, but the Fujioka band have never been accusable of being a one-trick pony, and their successful grasping of this more carefree offering is testament to their chameleonic style that has served them well for so many years.



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Archelirion
January 28th 2016


5649 Comments


My 40th review! I'm glad I could mark it with something such as this, such a wonderful, wonderful album. Comments, corrections and the ilk as always welcomed!

EvoHavok
January 28th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Much love for this! Band can always do with more reviews.

Digging: Children of Bodom - Hexed

Archelirion
January 28th 2016


5649 Comments


Agreed :3 There's certainly enough albums needing them!

CalculatingInfinity
January 28th 2016


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review this album deserved, wonderful job. Took a while for the 4.5 but now this is mostly magic to me, so many colliding tones and themes here and it's brilliant. Worthy album of their 25th anniversary.

EvoHavok
January 28th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Took a while for me too, but it's always been my 3rd fav B-T.

RunOfTheMill
January 28th 2016


3945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, gotta listen to this one more

Archelirion
January 28th 2016


5649 Comments


Cheers! It's definitely worth listening to at least once more, but then I would say that ;]

EvoHavok
January 28th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All of their stuff is worth listening to more than once.

Angelboros
February 4th 2016


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is simply too zesty a record for anyone to pass up. Bands and solo artists whom are able to maintain consistency for so long like these guys are the tits!



Kinji Rareta Asobi is one of my favorite tunes here.

Archelirion
February 4th 2016


5649 Comments


Kinji Rareta Asobi was one of those that I had to 'notice'; it gets overshadowed a bit on the first few listens, but the more you listen the more incredible it gets.

CalculatingInfinity
February 4th 2016


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kinji is my fav from here good show lads.

EvoHavok
February 5th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, Angel. Expecting their 20th album to be nothing less than great.

CalculatingInfinity
February 5th 2016


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The quality of the album can be anything from a classic to alright but it will always be worth listening to.

Aberf
March 28th 2016


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is fun

EvoHavok
March 29th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very much so. It mixes the feel-good tracks with the more sombre ones so well.

CalculatingInfinity
March 29th 2016


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This and Razzle are the most fun, bad-ass yet at times emotionally driven combo.

Archelirion
April 18th 2016


5649 Comments


The closer is probably the best closing track in their discog, possibly in existence. So damn beautiful.

CalculatingInfinity
April 18th 2016


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4.2 thank fucking God finally!



Also Aaron there's 1-3 left in the discography that match it, have fun finding them ;)

Archelirion
April 18th 2016


5649 Comments


:o
Gonna have fun looking for this lot!

EvoHavok
April 19th 2016


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You might as well listen to all their stuff now.



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