Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase”

“Dial y wo Mawase” is a pretty mixed synth-pop album, held together by the many songs about spies and secret agents. In Men’s Junan (Men’s suffering) Jun Togawa threatens to commit ritual suicide by the famous sword “Kiku no Honzan”, and is overall a really wacky and horrific stalker (“I followed you all the wayContinue reading “Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase””

“Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?

Ten years later – is it really that bad? No, it’s very good. And weird. The metal screams aren’t what’s weird, what’s weird is to use them for screaming the words “it’s boppin’ for sure”. They distort and autotune the screams, and use them in all places possible (compared to before and after this periodContinue reading ““Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?”

Ungdumshälsan – 8 anledningar att hata ett band (recension & reflektion)

Albumet “8 anledningar att hata ett band” av underground-hiphop-duon Ungdumshälsan (bestående av Organismen & Öris) innehåller våld och mord (“det är en hårfin gräns mellan oliktänkande och döda”), förvirrande liknelser (“du är jag när vi två ligger o myser“), mer våldsdrömmar (“lyssna nu, människor ska dö, djur ska dö…“), flerstaviga rim (“jag ska nita enContinue reading “Ungdumshälsan – 8 anledningar att hata ett band (recension & reflektion)”

SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness”

Six out of the eleven songs of “Kiss From the Darkness” have a music video (and one has a lyric video), which makes “Kiss From the Darkness” feel like a live show, or a movie, or a prolonged music video. We see Scandal rocking away in colored rooms, dancing in the street, and most notablyContinue reading “SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness””

Deep dive: Gucci Mane

Schoochie! He’s not the most well-known rapper, and he hasn’t really created any critically acclaimed masterpieces, but he kind of created the whole trap genre. He may sound similar to many others in the genre today, but in the early 00s he was quite unique. Not even “Trap Musik” by T.I., known for being theContinue reading “Deep dive: Gucci Mane”

Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey”

“Honey” is a rock album with introspective and emotional lyrics, sometimes bordering to punk and sometimes to balads. Soundwise they have ditched most of their pop influences, but it’s still present in their choruses, with guitarist Mami Sasazaki giving the album a lot of hit quality with her catchy lead melodies. All together the fourContinue reading “Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey””