Alright so if I even began to TRY and explain how excited I was about this album, I doubt I could explain how thrilling this was. Regardless of how I have felt about IOSYS in the past and how I feel about them now, ALBATROSICKS has always had a special spot in my heart. After all, their first album came out seven years ago. Months after this blog was started even!
Still, the last album had been Rebirth Era (which was my favourite of their entire discography) but came out at the very end of 2011. There was a Best Of album and then nothing. It seemed like all hope was lost and that the group was done for.
Obviously that isn’t the case now and I couldn’t be happier! (Now if only I could get my hands on Rebirth Era too…)
Album Name: DEKKAINO
Release Date:Comiket 86
A fun song that just feels albatrosicks-y. It feels very familiar. I recall not always being super fond when quim joined in but it actually works really well. Both he and miko sound a lot better now. The guitar bit was a nice addition as well. Glad that it isn’t as awkward as it was when it was in Star Cracker a whole bunch.
This track gives me some mixed feelings. The intro made me think it would sound like something else entirely but the sound itself was bubbly but still kind of laid back? The chorus had a certain amount of bounce to it but didn’t have the kind of energy it seems like it should? It’s a very strange song, I think. It’s still really fun, just not at all what I was expecting from it.
- Road to the Light
Man, maybe I should actually go back and listen to Star Cracker. I don’t remember Star Cracker being the best but this seems like the kind of sound they were going for back then? It’s got that electopop bounce and the backing of the guitar and wow miko, you kinda sound… cool? The speaking bit before quim is kind of awkward but other than that, another nice surprising track. Like track one is what you expect them to deliver and they did. These two tracks were just pleasant surprises.
The first of a few short drama/monologue tracks.
- DJ HIYOCO ON-STAGE
Remember that song that was popular for like a week a few months ago? The Fox? That’s what this reminds me of. I’m not sure how intentional that is but I kind of want to believe it is. This track is real weird. There’s miko making some real weird sounds for most of it and then some awkward rapping from quim and haha god just what is even going on. Well, it’s real like them to go back to their original roots by including a goofy track.
Another (really ridiculous sounding) drama track.
- midnight spectrum
Man miko has got it going on here. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her sounding so sultry and mature and cool. I couldn’t believe it was her. It’s almost unfitting for the track how cool she sounds. Another kind of weird track. There’s this whole heavy jazz vibe going on at times but then the electric guitars return and it’s just so strange. There’s more awkward quim rapping too which the track would probably be better without but hey he never goes for long. It’s not that he’s super bad either. It’s just… weird.
Drama track #3.
- Thank you,all right!
Manbou singing returns! A fun song with quim leading on vocals more or less. miko is there for the chorus and of course there’s the manbou bit. It’s not as fun as the first track though nor does it stand out from some of the more experimental tracks before it.
- blessed rain
Speaking of experimental tracks, this was rather unexpected. A folk inspired ballad from miko? Well good thing, as I mentioned, miko has improved significantly over the last seven years. She’s able to do a serious song like this with no problem. I’m actually having trouble believing this is from this album? Like if you told me ALBATROSICKS of all groups used bagpipes in a song and got it to work I would never believe you. quim also provides vocals and while I didn’t mind them singing together, I was a bit disappointed he popped in on the track she was completely blowing my mind on.
- Encore: マンボウよ永遠なれ
End the album on an encore that’s more up their alley. I mean hey it’s pretty hard to top track ten but this is a pretty fun (if not ridiculous and stupid) track that almost makes me a bit nostalgic for their past albums. I can only hope this, their 10th album, is a sign that they might be doing more in the future.
I’m super biased and happy to have this in my possession so I’m not able to form a concise thought at the moment.
Recommended tracks: 1, 3, 5 (I GUESS?), 7, 10 (!!!)