Here is a quick and dirty review, sorry for the typos and errors, don't have much time...
I bought the deluxe package of this release and was
impressed with the package and amount of content in there including the DVD
which is great and gives you inside look at the making of the album.
I have listened to the whole album 3-5 times so far
Let me start by saying that I LOVE this album. It is one of
their best works in a while. You can see that they paid great attention to all
details and it shows. You can hear great guitar work by Tahara and Sakurai in
this album, you notice the complex beats by Jen and even the bass sound is prominent
and can be felt in all songs. It is evident Sakurai put his heart and soul in
making this album. I’m not sure if this is his competitive side was out to
prove something or this is just his perfection side or both. All songs are well
done and there is a great range of sounds and love the addition of brass and
strings to many of the songs.
As for the title, I know they said Tahara came up with it
looking at one of the photos showing the crowd reflection but for me it seems
like it is the band looking back at the past 20 plus years of their great work
and reflecting that in this album. What I mean by that is this album is a
COLLECTION of songs that captures the sounds of Mr.Children from the past 20
plus year. Some songs remind me of their early work, some of recent work. Just few examples because I don’t want to
compare it to other albums now
Kumo no Ito ß------à Shirushi
Machi no Fuukei ß------à RA RA RA
Waltz ß------à Rock 'n' Roll
I’m reviewing the Naked version so
there are 22 songs and it is a bit difficult to distinguish the songs and I
sometimes have to stop and look at the title of the songs to make the
album has more up tempo songs in general and has a bit rock sound to it but
many songs has that big band feel to it which I really love. Adding stings and
brass make some of these songs come alive. So even if you are not into rock
songs, still this is a great album.
album starts with 3 good songs. Fantasy is growing on me and is very good song and Shayou (3rd
song) is the type of song that I love. The tempo is great and Sakurai’s voice
is the right tone for me. Fight Club reminds me a lot of their early
work which I love. I would say Melody is a typical Mr.Children song and
this type of song they can come up in their sleep…(-: for me, It is similar to
Hanabi . Kumo no Ito is fantastic and one of my favorite songs of this
album. It is Sakurai at his best in these types of songs that start slow and
pick up in the middle of the song. The 6th song is I can make it.
Good song and nice guitar sounds. Sakurai uses different vocal ranges in this
ROLLING ~Ikken wa Hyakubun ni Shikazu all I can say is wow. This is my favorite song of the
album and I must have listened to it like 50 times. I know this type of song is
not for everyone but I love everything about this song> Sakurai’s voice, the
amazing guitar work, drums beats by Jen and brass arrangement. I would be very
very sad if they don’t play this song in the upcoming tour since they did not
play it in the one that just ended.
is more of
a ballad. Good but I have not developed a taste for it yet, maybe because I want
to go back to Rollin Rolling. Machi no Fuukei has a folk sound to it and
a song that for some reason I think Sakurai wrote it sitting under a tree or
during a picnic but it is a very mellow and soft song which can just make you
relax. The 1oth song is Unmei which is another good up tempo song. Again
this is a typical Mr.Children song. Ashioto
~Be Strong is a very good song and loved it from the first time. I love the
way Wasurenu Hito starts with Sakurai and his piano. The song picks up
in the middle just like many other of their songs with similar melody. You
make me happy is song similar to the ones from the HOME album. I’m not too
crazy about it. It has a very Jazzy feel to it. Jewelry has a different
sound than the rest. The drum beat is the star here. I don’t know how to explain
it but it has a psychedelic effect on me...(-:
love REM a lot and one of the songs that I listen to over and over. WALTZ
is another rock type song that I just can’t stop listening to. I love
everything about the song. Again Sakurai’s deep voice is what makes it for me.
Tahara shines in this song as well. Jen seems to be at the top of his game too.
The middle part of the song is just awesome where the guitar work is amazing.
typical song and brings the tempo down a bit. I like it more the more I listen
to it. Very good melody and music. The
18th song is Genchou another up tempo song which is very good
and just everything works in this song. I did not like it when I first heard it
but now it is becoming one of those songs that I want to go and listen to
again. You can see in the DVD how Sakurai came up with the Piano score for
REFLECTION, very touching. We still not finished 3 more songs to go. Tooku
e to is ok song and nothing special for me. I wanna be there is the
kind of song that Sakurai excels at and I’m sure he enjoys these types of
songs. I mean it is very typical melody and rhythm. Starting Over is a good
song with nice tempo and sound. I need to translate this song to make sure
there is no hidden meaning about you know who…(-:
but not least is Mikan. I love it and it good song to end the album and
maybe a concert with. Again the guitar work is great and the whole sound and rhythm
of the song is fantastic.
this is a great album. It might not be for everyone but I think this is one of
their best work in years. I hope you all will enjoy it as well.