A9 mini-album review and an important announcement

I’m going to start with my announcement first.  It’s been a long time coming, but I was waiting to finish up some posts that keep getting delayed for logistical reasons.  After I wrap up two long-term projects, I’m going to stop updating this blog.

My interested in Japanese pop culture has waned, and it’s been so long since I’ve been a JET.  As much as I want to keep promote about diverse representation and social justice, I’m tired of fighting about it on here.  I don’t have the time to maintain this blog along with others I run/contribute to.  I will still write for JRock247, NekoPOP, and Drama-MAX.  There just won’t be updates or original content here.  You can also find me in the other sites linked in the right hand column.  Like I said, I have a couple more original posts that I plan to write (once my brother and I finish our collaboration).  Once those are finished, I will make an official announcement along with where to find me.  That being said, I probably won’t look at comment here anymore.

In the meantime, please enjoy my review of A9’s (formerly Alice Nine) latest mini-album Ginga no Woto on JRock247.

The aptly-named first track, “Phoenix”, is a rock number with Hiroto’s skillfully-layered arpeggio’s and Tora’s hard-hitting riffs. Show’s voice balances the edge with a touch of gentleness and falsetto, and there’s a surprise acoustic section to show off Saga’s bass skills. “Spiegel” also contains fantastic hard rock guitars, accompanied by Nao’s rapid drumming.

Click here to read the rest of the review (and see the “Spiegel” video).

Listening to: “Nijikan no Dake Vacance” by Utada Hikaru feat. Shiina Ringo