Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Guest Review: Transparent Things / Fujiya & Miyagi

By Ben Mirov

Transparent Things by Fujiya and Miyagi is the musical equivalent of junk food. We all know how good an economy-size bag of Skittles can be, but that doesn’t mean you can survive on it. Eventually, you’re going to want to go out and get a sandwich. That being said, what Fujiya and Miyagi lack in nutritional content, they make up for in flavor. As a snack, this album is awesome. Quirky lyrics about photocopiers and buying new shoes are backed by electronic beats that keep the head bobbing. "Collarbone" is masterpiece. It’s a skillful blend of abstract lyricism, body moving rhythms and funky beat-box accents. Other tracks like "Sucker Punch," and "Photocopier" are lower echelon. They try to do the same thing "Collarbone" does, but fall just short in terms of their dancibility. A few songs are downright forgettable, but not enough to bring the album down.

In the end, listening to Transparent Things leaves me feeling empty, but I keep going back for more. It’s like having a bag of chips, eating it all, feeling sick, and then wanting another bag of chips. You can’t stop yourself. And really, you shouldn’t. You should stuff your face with this album and then go get a square meal.

Jaguar commercial featuring "Collarbone"


Allison said...

From that little clip I can see how the song would be catchy! Good review, and excellent food analogies.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I agree - that clip is extremely catchy. I think you need to go eat an apple or something, though.