Album Details

November 20, 1999
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, J-Pop, Shibuya-Kei, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, House

Album Review

The last Pizzicato Five release of the decade, this 12-track CD is tainted with a little melancholic fin de siècle, especially in tracks such as "20th Century Girl" and "Goodbye Baby and Amen," the latter a duet with once-Pizzicato Five lead vocalist Takao Tajima. But other than that, this is typical late-period Yasuharu Konishi, a breathless collage of distorted organ, speed lounge, dense rhythmic pile-ups, even Faust-like metal ("Loudland!"). Only "Wild Strawberries," with its riff stolen from Francoise Hardy, is reminiscent of their sound at the start of the '90s. Nods to the past: Konishi indulges his own fan-boy wishes by working with '60s Japanese idol singer Mieko Hirota, letting her sing "Perfect World" in a Spencer Davis Group-type arrangement; Konishi polishes off a song from 1987's Couples, "Serial Stories," for Nomiya Maki. An improvement over their previous album.
Ted Mills, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Love Again
  2. Roma
  4. A Room With a View
  5. La Guerre Est Finie
  6. Wild Strawberries
  7. Darlin' of Discotheque
  8. A Perfect World
  9. 20th Century Girl
  10. Serial Stories
  11. A World Without You
  12. Goodbye Baby and Amen