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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Reviews (10) Long Kiss Good Bye/FLASH

Reasons for the delay in writing this: 1) Unbelievably slammed with work 2) I actually had a fairly hard time finding it.

None of the regular chains I went to had it, and it eventually took a longer trip out to Tower in order to pick it up. My first reaction to this was to hope that this meant that people were buying up enough copies to see it into the higher reaches of the Oricon chart. Alas, it seems to have peaked at 53.

Not the shock to the system that Twinkle Star was, but it's worrying that even packaging Halcali with something as marketable as a popular anime show doesn't seem to get results. I hated the idea of them being tacked onto the popularity of something else in this way back in the TTT days and I hate it now. Again, taking a band as unique and exciting as Halcali and giving them constraints as bland as 'the ending theme for an anime' seems a horrible waste of their talents. Both TTT and LOOK were awful.

That said though, I think this single surprisingly, and thankfully bucks that trend and delivers a sweet, memorable pop song that at least has the decency to stick around in your head for a while after its finished. Like I said before, it does pretty much what you expect, but its the first time in a long time that a Halcali single came out with a chorus that made me sit up and pay attention the first time I heard it.

I think the b-side FLASH is good enough to make me wish this had been a double a-side, and both songs would have got PV's. Outside of the pressure and constraints of being the main song, Ram Rider (who wrote one of the highlights of Cyborg, Halcali Michi) come up with a catchy electro pop song reminiscent of Nifuku Hoshi from the Stawberry Chips single.

What I find most satisfying about this single though is that for the first time in a long time, if someone told me they wanted to listen to some recent Halcali stuff, I'd be more then happy to put this CD in their hands.

5 Comments:

Anonymous MW_Jimmy said...

Flash is amazing! Proper scuzzy electro house. Im also pretty sure it samples Daft Punk in the very first second. Its either 'Human After All' or 'Prime Time of your Life'

3:10 PM

 
Anonymous amj said...

I've just watched their performance of "Long Kiss Goodbye" on yesterday's edition of Music Fair21. They looked good and sounded good. For me, this is the best HALCALI single for a while.

9:07 PM

 
Anonymous Novaforever said...

FLASH was amazing. I actually played the song for my friends that don't like/know HALCALI and everyone I played it for loved it. It really is a great starting point for new HALCALI fans. It's so terribly disappointing that this single didn't get the exposure it needed to do fantastic.

2:53 AM

 
Anonymous gilgameHEARTS said...

I agree! SRSLY, TV and magazine promotion prior to the single, where were you?

3:47 PM

 
Anonymous amj said...

They managed to sell a few downloads too. It's at 84 in the RIAJ download chart for November.

http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/chart/w081220_2.html

10:21 PM

 

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