AK-FG / WORLD APART / February 15, 2006
WORLD APART / 02. Eternally / 03. WONDERLAND
The newest ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is typical AK-FG stuff. There’s no innovation, which usually isn’t too much of a problem, but even the standard sound of AK-FG is pretty bleak on this single. The first song is a semi-upbeat rock song, but somewhere around the guitar solo, it has a tendency to lose your interest. Even Gotoh’s voice in this song is boring, if that makes sense; it’s incredibly monotone. The same applies to the second song on the single. Absolutely nothing special.
It wasn’t until the third and final song on the single (“WONDERLAND”) that my ears perked up. That cannot be Gotoh singing and yet, I have no idea who it is, another band member perhaps? The funny part is that the vocals do not fit at all; it has a strong falsetto quality to it that doesn’t mesh with the guitar riffs, but in such an odd way, that it does. That could be just because the vocals threw me off completely, but I somehow ended up loving the song. It’s short (2:29), sweet, catchy, and to the point. It’s the only song I would truly reccommend you give a listen to off of this single.
In other news, AK-FG is coming out with a new album on March 15 entitled FAN CLUB. This will be their first album release since late 2004’s Sol-fa. Based on the past seven or so songs they have released, I’m preparing myself to be disappointed; I only liked two or three of them and I doubt anything can top Sol-fa.