[Album Review] Ningen-Isu (人間椅子) - (2017) Ijigen Karano Houkou - 8/10
#11
Nice review that falls rather flat because you do not mention the lyrics.
As far as impressions go: it is an okay album that feels a lot less inspired than Kaidan.
My personal favorite, and pretty much the only song I actually listen to from the album is Tsukuyo no oniodori (Demons dancing in the moonlight). Nothing hugely original, but fun song anyway. I still prefer the similar song from the previous album that had demons playing soccer with the head of the fallen, though Big Grin
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#12
The review looks fine to me. What's wrong with the lyrics not being mentioned? Not all of us speak Japanese. Tongue
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#13
(04-04-2018, 11:31 PM)Masurao Wrote: Nice review that falls rather flat because you do not mention the lyrics.

I can't understand the lyrics and to be real honest, I've never really bothered to seek them out. That is a matter of personal preference though; I don't find lyrics that important anyway. The sound of them is what counts for me.
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(04-05-2018, 01:03 AM)Agonymph Wrote: I can't understand the lyrics and to be real honest, I've never really bothered to seek them out. That is a matter of personal preference though; I don't find lyrics that important anyway. The sound of them is what counts for me.

I understand that it is not important for your or for your readerships since they do not speak the language anyway and thus the choice to ignore the lyrics makes perfect sense.

Lyrics can be ignored safely most of the time, especially the dragon slaying, bike riding kind. However, Ningen isu is called a literary rock band for a reason. In their case the lyrics are essential to get the whole experience. They sing folk tales, rakugo, short novels, etc. with word plays and heavy use of Aomori dialect.

Other bands were lyrics are important include Sabbrabells, The Kanmuri, Seikima-II. Examples where they do not matter at all include Volcano, Terra Rosa.

Btw, the punk pop band B-DASH is famous for inventing a totally meaningless language cause they only cared about the sound of the words.
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#15
I agree with those examples, actually.

Feel free to continue the discussion on the importance of lyrics in a different thread.
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(04-05-2018, 08:07 PM)Masurao Wrote: Ningen isu is called a literary rock band for a reason. In their case the lyrics are essential to get the whole experience. They sing folk tales, rakugo, short novels, etc. with word plays and heavy use of Aomori dialect.

This actually makes me want to check them out even more. Dang it, I don't need to be spending any more money right now...

BTW, great review, Agonymph. I really didn't want to be checking out more bands, but...
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(04-05-2018, 08:14 PM)bhg70 Wrote: This actually makes me want to check them out even more. Dang it, I don't need to be spending any more money right now...

BTW, great review, Agonymph. I really didn't want to be checking out more bands, but...

Could check them out an album or two at a time, or maybe by era. No need to jump head first into a massive discography like that. Tongue
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#18
Their compilations aren't a bad starting point. Their latest one had like 4 exclusive tracks.
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#19
Hm. Okay, that sounds good. I'd end up getting it anyway, for the exclusive tracks. Smile
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#20
Yeah that 25th anniversary compilation is an excellent representation of their work, though it skips a couple of essential albums, I assume due to them being released on a different label. It's a good way to discover what eras appeal to you and which don't as well.

It's available on Spotify and (I think) iTunes by the way, if you want to try before you buy...

As for the literary lyrics, I'm sure they add a certain depth or dimension if you understand them. The music is perfectly enjoyable if you don't though Smile
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