Ikimono Gakari- Nakumonka

2009年 12月 2日

Hahaha this cover is really cute xD. Yeah a little bit on the weird side… but who else could pull of a pink bunny costume but her?

Ehh for me Nakumonka was kind of average. It’s another ballad, but not as good as YELL, their previous release. It’s a pretty typical Ikimono Gakari ballad with light guitars and tons of strings. It’s a nice listen, but nothing too special. What I did enjoy, however, was the bridge; the electric guitar is much more pronounced in its solo. The bridge and final chorus definitely hold the most power of the song. Unfortunately, Nakumonka follows the regular ballad format, so it feels like you’ve already heard the song before you even finish it. It’s beautiful yet average… paradox?

Next we have Orion. What’s this fascination with “Orion?” Brown Eyed Girls are doing the same thing too. Orion opens with harmonica (sadly, I’m not much  a fan of this instrument), but it’s pretty much absent for the song. Orion is another ballad (two ballads on the same single??) and a little more laid-back than Nakumonka. I love the detail of the guitar work during the verses too. This song has a particular folksy feel to it, and we all know that kind of song works with Ikimono Gakari.

Overall: Both are nice songs… but neither is strong enough to stand as an A-side. Sorry =/. Nevertheless, I still await the new album this December!

Rating: 7/10

Track list:

  1. Nakumonka
  2. Orion
  3. Nakumonka -instrumental-


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