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CD REVIEW: SHONEN KNIFE – Adventure

| 19 May 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SHONEN KNIFE – Adventure
Valve Records
1 April, 2016
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Shonen Knife - Adventure

They say rock & roll is a global language, but there are undeniably different dialects in play at any one time – as one listen to the likes of Baby Metal, The 5, 6, 7, 8’s or punk legends Shonen Knife will prove. They sure do rock differently in the land of the rising sun.

That’s no bad thing, though: Shonen Knife’s mainstay Naoko Yamano has irrepressibly irresistable pop punk metal riffs and bouncily absurd lyrics coursing through her veins and delivers another great set of madcap, cross-cultural, super-catchy bubblegum riff n’ rollers n Adventure.

And an adventure it is, too, taking us from trippy dippy flower pop (Jump Into The New World), riff rock (Rock n’ Roll T-shirt), dumbed-down proggy psych (Calabash – which sounds like The Ramones playing early Rush, Tasmanian Devil), fuzzed up ‘60s girl pop (Dog Fight, Green Tangerine), ‘70s heavy rock with an Oriental vibe (Wasabi), even punked and preened Motorheadbangers (ImI).

Tamano’s lyrics are as honed as ever, and slightly absurd to Western ears. Whether singing about fantastical dream lands in Calabash, or mundane subjects such as Wasabi or Cotton Candy Clouds, it’s rock n’ roll boys and girls – prepared a little differently to how you usually take it, but well worth the price of admission. And let’s face it: anyone writing a song about gathering candy floss up “with a big chopstick” to a neo-Beatles-circa-I Am The Walrus soundtrack is alright by me.

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