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Friday, December 15, 2006

Reviews (7) LOOK

The last scraps of hope I had for this song were resting on the possibility that if I had the actual disc in my hand, and gave it a few spins on the stereo, something I was overlooking before would hit me, and suddenly I'd start to like it.

Or at the very least, I'd start to hate it less.

Four listens later though, I realised that just wasn't going to happen. Simply put, it's a bad song. It's flat, charmless, and forgettable- the sound of two session musicians idly passing time in the studio. If I ever listen to this song again, it certainly won't be for a while. There's no doubt that It'll turn up on album three of course, and thinking about it, it will probably fit in fairly well next to producer Yusuke Tanaka's other anime tie-in Tip Taps Tip. I really hope this is the last time Sony will use Halcali to plug a TV show in this way, but the chances are Tanaka's planning the next forgettable installment already.

Or, could just be that the A and B sides just got mixed up in the pressing plant?
i-dep's Hiroshi Nakamura's fourth Halcali song, Sister Ship, is the real draw here- it's a big, catchy, addictive pop song that has the good sense to actually have a chorus that can, and will, be stuck in your head like bubblegum for weeks to come. It's exactly the type of song that Halcali are best at and sound most comfortable doing, but sadly it's also the type of thing that a lot of producers have been mysteriously reluctant to let them loose on recently. At just over 5 minutes, it's probably a bit too long, and vocoder effects in songs have now totally worn out their welcome, but it's still everything that LOOK isn't. It's certainly good enough to warrent the price of the single alone, making this much more than the 'loyalty purchase' I thought it was going to be. See if you can figure out what "fisher hip" means, too.

So continues Nakamura's winning streak. The quality of all of his songs up to now have been more than enough that I would've been happy to have any of them as tracks on the third album. It's tragic to think that a song as good as check!! check!! it!! ended up on the back of Twinkle Star, a single no one heard. Tips Taps Tip sold better, but aren't both Halcali 'n' Bass and Peace Dream wasted as b-sides?

If OTF really have parted ways with Halcali, I'd be happy to see Nakamura come in and fill in that big brother gap. Let's have him all over the next album, please.

About the DVD: It's worth getting the limited edition version of the single for the DVD (if only to own it), but it's no great shakes. It just contains the Gatochou song from Tanaka Teacher (it's been on YouTube for a while and I don't think it's been removed yet). It's sadly missing the great video for LOOK, and they couldn't even be bothered to come up with a menu screen. Considering the price is 200-odd yen more, it's disappointing.


Anonymous Novaforever said...

Look was also a bit of a loyalty purchase for me too. I ordered the DVD version in hopes of there being something interesting there, but when I found out it was that animation I was a little sad. Oh well. I'm really excited to hear that Sister Ship is good. I'll still be excited to get my single in the mail if just for that!

4:16 PM

Blogger jariten said...

Sister Ship makes the single worth the purchase. Its sounds like it'd be great live.

3:02 AM

Anonymous MW_Jimmy said...

Don't worry if Halcali keep doing more Anime theme songs. With all the Nakamura B-Sides we'll soon be able to put together our own 3rd album ;)

7:53 PM


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