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Insobornables – HALF JAPANESE: Hear the lions roar (Fire, 2017)

Insobornables a cualquier tipo de sometimiento crítico o musical. Algo así como los grandes outsiders del Indie-Pop de los últimos treinta años. HALF JAPANESE son tan aristados como auténticos. A estas alturas de la película juegan siempre en casa, y hacen lo que les parece. Nadie les va a pedir virtuosismo ni construcciones más o menos standards, así que la banda de los hermanos FAIR se concentra en darle una vuelta de tuerca más a su visión del Pop, acaso de la forma más ácida posible.

Hear the Lions Roar reveals that he and his latest edition ofHalf Japanese are still a weird but glorious force to be reckoned with. Where they were once proudly inept, Half Japanese now sound elemental but emphatic, a scrappy rock & roll band that can get an audience up on their feet, even if this group is still not interested in flashy solos or the conventions of commercial pop music. And while many of these tracks feel homemade, Fair and his bandmates obviously rehearsed this music before hitting the studio, and the songs are tuneful rather than just serving as a framework for Jad‘s various lyrical rants. As for Jad, after losing interest in horror movies for a few years, his preoccupation has returned on Hear the Lions Roar, and his tale of “zombie hippies” in “The Preventers” sounds like a flick worth seeing on a Saturday night, while “Attack of the Giant Leeches” and the werewolf tale “It Never Stops” further suggest Fair ought to consider pitching his ideas to some low-budget producer with a vision. (Hey, if Sharknado can get financed, why not this stuff?) But it’s the tunes in which Fair and company celebrate the joys of living and the powers of belief (such as “Wherever We Are Led” and “On the Right Track”), and even the possibilities of love (“It’s Our Time”), that really bring Hear the Lions Roar to life. And why not? On Hear the Lions Roar, Half Japanese demonstrate that after nearly 40 years of music-making, they’re still creating some of the most engaging recordings of their lives, and that’s truly something to believe in” (All Music)

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5 septiembre, 2017 - Posted by | Half Japanese

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