Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fujiya & Miyagi - Lightbulbs


(8.0/10)

Vanilla, Strawberry, Knickerbocker, Glory!

Those are the first four words uttered on this album. Four unrelated words that tell the listener, don’t even begin to worry about the lyrics on this album. This album is pure electronic fun. Lightbulbs, is a groove based album that will have you nodding your head to the beat approximately 25 seconds in to the first cut. The album doesn’t let up either throughout the eleven tracks. Songs titles such as; knickerbocker, goosebumps, rook to queen’s pawn six, pterodactyls and pussyfooting, are examples of the silly nature of this group.

The group as stated on the first track of their last album, Transparent Things, “…are just pretending to be Japanese.” Fujiya & Miyagi are not Japanese but rather English (they hail from Brighton). Fujiya & Miyagi are also a four member group not two as their name would have you believe. They stormed the indie scene with 2007’s, Transparent Things, an album that received critical acclaim from notoriosly fickle groups like NME and Pitchfork.

Lightbulbs does not fall far sonically from their last album. Why change what works? What Fujiya & Miyagi lack in originality they more than make up for in straight forward body moving music. I find myself riding in my car and repeating the repetitive lyrics and bobbing my head to the beat. I just feel cool for lack of a better word when listening to this group. The singer’s breathy delivery of the lyrics allow for easy mimicking, perfect for wanna-be lead singer’s like me. Bring this album with you to be a hit at any party. In the words of Fujiya & Miyagi, “no more pussyfooting around!” Go out and purchase Lightbulbs along with their previous effort, Transparent Things.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Your reviews are improving with each album you write about. i'm waiting for that 9.6/10 review for Hercules And Love Affair. A WOOOO!