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  • Band members: Stephen Lewis, David Best
  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the British trio is more heavily electronic than its previous release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Amid the brightness and snark of another consistently entertaining Fujiya & Miyagi record, it’s a reminder that even our modern Lucifers have many dimensions to them.
  2. May 15, 2014
    80
    There's a renewed vigour to its frugging mix of vintage synths, barking-dog bass stabs and jagged electric guitars. [Jun 2014, p.94]
  3. May 16, 2014
    80
    With their fifth album, Artificial Sweeteners, Fujiya & Miyagi once again mine opposite ends of the lyrical spectrum whilst delivering their most musically satisfying collection to date.
  4. Apr 30, 2014
    60
    Disappointingly, F&M's fifth album reinforces the trio's constant strength and weaknesses. [Jun 2014, p.78]
  5. May 6, 2014
    60
    We’re submitting this one for further clinical studies.
  6. 60
    Being F&M, they can’t help adding funky, syncopated twitches to break up the four-square march occasionally.
  7. 50
    Artificial Sweeteners doesn’t have a great deal of low-end to it, and struggles for genuine groove as a result.

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  1. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    Fujiya & Miyagi can rock! In fact, they can punk rock. David Best is a guitar god in an electronica band. The album does not, unfortunately,Fujiya & Miyagi can rock! In fact, they can punk rock. David Best is a guitar god in an electronica band. The album does not, unfortunately, rock as hard as their live shows, but I hear the influences of Gang of Four and Sonic Youth in addition to the more expected influences of Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk. If you get the chance to see them live, do not pass it up. Expand