LM.C - STRONG POP
This is a review on LM.C’s latest album STRONG POP. I’ll be looking at the compositions and feel of the songs. Lyrical reviews are done separate. I won’t review Ah Hah! and SUPER DUPER GALAXY, Hoshi no Arika and LET ME’ CRAZY!! as they are all on previous singles. I will however say something about the remixes.
The first track - Be STRONG, Be POP is damn epic. The quirky Japanese voices of Be Strong, Be Pop immediately immerse you into the the LM.C feeling, with the addition of the electronic effects. Then it creates a build up to the awesome guitar. That guitar is hard-core - love it. Soon after the dance tunes kick in combined with the guitar. The guitar solo shreds it making way for “Be STRONG, Be POP” finishing up for Maya’s “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah yeah” to bring it into a climax. Cool or what?
Number two is BABY TALK. This is a fun song, just from the way it’s composed. The electronic feel to the song is very dominant. There’s a solid guitar the whole way through it. Maya’s voice starts off with an automated ‘over the top’ voice tuning which is perfect for the electricity in the song. This then clears up. The chorus is cute. Definitely a dance feel to the track. I like the backing beat, it’s all very solid. Little voice overs from Maya relax your ears after being drove into a frenzy by the electronic effects. The verses are bad-ass lol. Maya’s totally being hard-core in them, they’re like a series punches with the syllables. The repetitiveness of “Be my lady” is the essence of FUN in this song, and the siren?! WOW LM.C randomness taking over and blasting minds. E.P.I.C. This leads to a keyboard solo, very LM.Cish. Great. Oooo then Aiji’s guitar becomes dominant, leading to the cute chorus again. Maya’s “woahhhoo” is bringing the song to a close and you are LM.Cified by Maya’s “I love you” and an absolutely epic electronic beat and guitar finish.
Wah the third track MY BOY is arguably one of my favourites. It has an incomprehensible number of plays on my iTunes. What’s so great about it is that mysterious LM.C air around it. It makes me want to scream. Starts with some electronic and guitar rhythms. Totally out of the blue, you’re wondering where it’s leading you and BAM a CRAZY CATCHY keyboard tune backed by a solid backing beat erupts. Maya’s voice is amazing coinciding with the tricks of Aiji’s guitar. You can definitely dance to this. Then the voice over of “You lucky boy” oh god, genius, kill me. It’s so riveting. And the guitar solo from Aiji completely shreds it. In the end the feature of the female vocals are addictive. It’s bad-ass, sexy even. Maya’s backing vocals to that bring the song in. Right at the end you’re left with a bit of awesome guitar. Oh god I love this song so much.
Four - Goak-On-SOUL is COOL. It’s a battle between great guitar hooks, riffs and clever electronic beats. Maya’s perfect voice is the neutral to the song. The chorus is catchy and omg Maya’s voice is beautiful here. The instrumental with the guitar is EPIC, making you head bang to Maya’s “Hey’s”. Guitar solo smashes it quickly, followed by an electronic solo. The two work aside each other greatly. You truly see the beauty of Maya’s voice I think. And it’s his voice that builds it up and brings this epic song to a powerful end.
Ah now We are LM.C!! ~The Anthem of Strong Pop~ it’s fast-paced, rapid guitar start bringing on a LM.C empowered Anthem!! Wow this track is something! ;__;)/ Totally emotional yet bad-ass at the same time.
The sixth song, GAME of LIFE is really awesome. This is another song that has this mysterious LM.C air for me. The electronic start builds it up for this FANTASTIC guitar hook. Ahhh *dies*. Maya’s voice takes the lead, his voice is clever, cleverly singing along to this refined beat. The chorus is BAD-ASS! Close to a doomsday song but not exactly there. It’s empowering however. I love the electronic backing beat, in this song you can pick it out clearly. Enough for a killer guitar solo to make its way through… The chorus at the end and Maya’s “GAME of LIFE” leaves you hyped up. Aiji’s clever, wicked guitar finishes this song up.
7 - OMG COMBATmode is hard-core! I love this song a lot off the album. Rapid, heavy guitar in it the whole way and Maya’s voice is strong and dominant. Make way for Maya’s insane rapping and Aiji’s clever fingers on his guitar because this song has it. The chorus with Maya’s melodic singing and voice overs is BEAUTIFUL. This is more of a doomsday song. Woah insane battle between the guitar and the electronic beats in the instrumental. The end is also an instrumental battle with a wicked guitar solo and epic drum finish.
Number 8 is the unbelievably cute song - peekaboo. Totally reminds me of being a kid this song. But never mind children this song is a bad-ass, mature, refined piece of work. Dear God, kill me but that guitar riff is my deepest desire. IT’S MIND BLOWING. It lasts for about 4 seconds but it makes me want to keep listening to it for a full 3 minutes xD. Then it’s such a cute song, it’s a play of Maya’s sweet voice against the guitar. It’s a light, high song rarely hitting a low note. Could call it a sunny beach song lol. Also a love song. Aiji puts in a melodic guitar solo leaving Maya to show off his voice against the clapping. It ends with again a clever guitar riff from Aiji. Congrats to the guys on this song really it’s a beauty.
The 9th new track is Maya’s song to Aiji - 何も始まらなかった一日の終わりに。 OMG lovely much? A sweet LM.C ballad. This truly shows LM.C love. It’s soft, light, tuneful and full of emotion. The guitar, drums and piano are easily defined and matched perfectly. Maya’s voice is beautiful, truly. The guitar solos are heavenly and put you in a state of awe. I can’t stress how much Maya’s voice is beautiful here. Without his voice this song wouldn’t be this emotional. The voice overs reflect the emotions. That is clever. Maya’s voice and the melodic piano slowly bring the song towards the end, accompanied by a light guitar. Ahh magical ne?
That’s the end of the review. In my opinion, it’s a fab album from LM.C, always will be. The songs are amazing, positioning great on the album. Couldn’t ask for more ^O^.
A word on the remixes off the European version of the album. The Ah Hah! (Apple Crush Mix by Yow-Row from GARI) isn’t amazing. I prefer Ah Hah! originally. Too much remixing done to the backing beat to transform it into another song. The rapping however is nice and the added guitar is cool. The GAME of LIFE (Surprise Mix by JIN from High speed boyz) is on the other hand pretty cool. I like it. It makes it into another song and the harmonica - wow I like. Definitely would dance to this in a club. Nice one JIN.
(I guess it’s biased as I love LM.C and their one of my favourite bands, but I’m telling the truth. :P)
We are LM.C!! ^O^ Looking forward to LM.C’s future releases.