~Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange]

blood orangeSakurai KazutoshiTahara KenichiNakagawa KeisukeSuzuki Hideya

Mr.Children

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange]

Mr.Children’s “[(an imitation) blood orange]” album can be ordered at Cdjapan.

Mr.Children’s “[(an imitation) blood orange]” album can be ordered at HMV Japan.

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange]Nearly to the day, it’s been two long years since Mr.Children last released an original album. As a collective work, Mr.Children is truly a group which has gone full~circle both in musical genre as well as their adaptations and improvising of outside influences creating a seamless sound and auru of the band throughout the years past. With the release of “[(an imitation) blood orange]” the album’s approach is dominate in inspired rock~ballads which are flavored in varying tempos and intensity, however there is also the profound presence of a deeply jazz inspired composition in the track “In my town” as well as the standout track “Marshmallow day”, which immediately brings to mind the Tom Jones classic “It’s not unusual” from the late 60’s….could Sakurai~san have been listening to Tom Jones when he wrote this?? =P!! This song in particular is absolute up~tempo bliss…think lucky charms~*~~* afloat on a sea of Red Bull (here’s the math break down)….

Tom Jones

plus

Lucky Charms

times

Red Bull

equals

Stay Puft Marshmallow ManMarshmallows...

DAY

Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (26)

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~Mr.Children “Marshmallow day” (music video)~

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A fun and retro visual delight, that to match the walking on sunshine upbeat personality of the song to its very core!!…love the colors, bubblegum and stop motion animation and of course a giddy Sakurai~san! to boot!…a most entertaining pv♥ with addictive qualities galore…

Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (1)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (2)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (3)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (4)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (5)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (6)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (7)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (8)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (10)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (9)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (11)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (12)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (14)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (13)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (15)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (17)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (16)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (18)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (19)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (20)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (21)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (22)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (23)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (24)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (25)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (26)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (27)Mr.Children in Marshmallow day (28)

Sakurai Kazutoshi’s infinite ability to compose  deeply memorable melodies coupled with lyrical writings of visual stimulation (much like mini novellas) for the listener’s mind has always heightened the appeal of Mr.Children songs, here a world of collective melodies all with their trademark sound from euphoric, deeply haunting to rhythmically addictive and indeed always memorable. Mr.Children has more and more over the years also incorporated much orchestration into their works and here it naturally compliments to the overall writing styles all the while never projecting an air of overproduction but rather adds in a seemingly necessity of roles throughout the tracks.

The album as a whole never fades into ‘filler’ as even the album’s song order and progression with neatly placed bookends in the darker music in ‘hypnosis’ and a feeling of finality in “Inori ~namida no kidou” works perfectly with almost a purpose in its ordered arrangement, and while my standout tracks include as I attempt to minimize it…”Joutouku”, “Marshmallow day”, “End of the day”, “Pieces” and “Inori ~namida no kidou” the entirely of “[(an imitation) blood orange]”  definitely receives the….

Inoue Mao music seal of approval

..~Inoue Mao♥ music seal of approval~ ー(* ̄O ̄)ノ!

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (10)

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (1)

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (2)

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (3)

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange]

~Mr.Children “hypnosis” mp3~

~Mr.Children “Marshmallow day” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (4)

~Mr.Children “End of the day” mp3~

~Mr.Children “Joutouku” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (5)

~Mr.Children “pieces” mp3~

~Mr.Children “Imitation no ki” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (6)

~Mr.Children “Kazoeuta” mp3~

~Mr.Children “In my town” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (7)

~Mr.Children “kako to mirai to koushin suru otoko” mp3~

~Mr.Children “Happy Song” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (8)

~Mr.Children “Inori ~namida no kidou” mp3~

Mr.Children [(an imitation) blood orange] (9)

Mr.Children in hypnosis (3)

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~Mr.Children “hypnosis” (music video)~

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Dark, moody and powerful imagery add to the music and lyric’s haunting ambiance…

Mr.Children in hypnosis (1)Mr.Children in hypnosis (2)Mr.Children in hypnosis (4)Mr.Children in hypnosis (5)Mr.Children in hypnosis (6)Mr.Children in hypnosis (7)Mr.Children in hypnosis (8)Mr.Children in hypnosis (9)Mr.Children in hypnosis (10)Mr.Children in hypnosis (11)Mr.Children in hypnosis (12)Mr.Children in hypnosis (13)Mr.Children in hypnosis (14)Mr.Children in hypnosis (15)Mr.Children in hypnosis (16)Mr.Children in hypnosis (17)Mr.Children in hypnosis (18)Mr.Children in hypnosis (19)Mr.Children in hypnosis (20)Mr.Children in hypnosis (21)Mr.Children in hypnosis (22)Mr.Children in hypnosis (23)Mr.Children in hypnosis (24)

Mr.Children in Joutouku  (8)

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~Mr.Children “Joutouku” (music video)~

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The simplistic animation adds to the natural warmth of the song…

Mr.Children in Joutouku  (1)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (2)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (3)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (4)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (6)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (7)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (9)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (10)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (11)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (12)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (13)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (14)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (15)Mr.Children in Joutouku  (16)

Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (12)

Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (1)

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~Mr.Children “Inori ~namida no kidou” (music video)~

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Incredible lighting! complimenting perfectly the moodiness…

Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (3)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (2)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (5)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (4)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (6)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (7)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (8)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (9)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (10)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (11)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (13)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (14)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (15)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (16)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (17)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (18)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (19)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (20)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (21)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (22)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (23)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (24)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (25)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (26)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (27)Mr.Children in Inori ~namida no kidou  (28)

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Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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