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Japan For Sale Vol. Two
label: sony music imports
released: 03.12.02
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
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Move Over, Cibo Matto
by: bill aicher

The stereotypical idea of the Japanese music scene is that of thousands of screaming fans chasing down their favorite pop idols. It's been heavily documented in the little bit of Japanese culture that penetrates U.S. Borders, most notably in Anime films (perhaps the most popular form of Japanese-born entertainment in the United States - besides Pokemon and videogames of course). But as any halfway-intelligent person can tell you, stereotypes are for the most part wrong.

After listening to Japan For Sale vol. 2, however, it becomes clear just how wrong - for this album proves that the Japanese music scene is one of the most interesting scenes going on right now.

Take the intro track, "Nakanaide" by Mayu Kitaki. It's a perfect example of Janet Jackson meets Japanese vocals, only better. You'll be hard-pressed to find a cuter pop song than this.

Or move on to DJ Krush's "Candle Chant (A Tribute)." There's a reason Krush has become one of the premier names in hip-hop, and this track shows why. The infectious guitar / beat loop with unbelievably smooth rhymes makes this track alone worth the price of the disc. Think MC Solaar with Portishead laying the beats.

Boom Boom Satellites offer up their usual hard-edge electronica on "Soliloquy." A smoothed-out NIN-esque electorock jam, it shows why the Satellites have long been one of the Japanese acts to watch for in the U.S. - and where rock should be heading.

The album continues to tread throughout genres, thoroughly displaying why the Japanese music scene simply cannot be dismissed as nothing more than pop-idol chasing teens. With the Daft Punk styled synth-funk of "Stereo Nights," Takkyu Ishino shines and the duo of Puffy Amiyumi offer the delicious Vacation-era Go-Go's meet 60's cheese-organ sugarcoated pop track "Atarashii Hibi (Brand New Days)" - a track so syrupy sweet that it just oozes through your ears, dripping all over your body.

So yes, if you haven't picked up on it, this is an excellent compilation disc - especially for those new to the Japanese music scene. Even the cover art designed by L.A.-based artist, Shag.

Basically, this album is nothing short of cool.
04-Apr-2002 5:30 PM

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If you liked Japan For Sale Vol. 2...

1. Mayu Kitaki - Nakanaide
2. Ken Ishii - Iceblink (main mix)
3. Dt. - Yume No Nakae - Malted Milk Mix
4. DJ Krush featuring Boss the MC - Candle Chante (A Tribute)
5. Yoshinori Sunahara - Balance
6. Boom Boom Satelites - Soliloquy
7. L'Arc-en-Ciel - Spirit Dreams Inside
8. Chara - Skirt
9. Supercar - Yumegiwa Last Boy
10. Takkyu Ishino - Stereo Nights
11. Puffy Amiyumi - Atarashii Hibi (Brand New Days)
12. Polysics - New Wave Jacket
13. Aco - Shinsei Romanticist