Fetch - Melt Banana
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80

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8.4

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  • Summary: This is the first studio release for the Japanese noise rock duo of Yako and Agata since 2007's Bambi's Dilemma.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    100
    An album whose imagination is fortified and enlivened by the limitlessness of punk rock and musical experimentation.
  2. Jan 8, 2014
    90
    This is music for uncontrollable giggle fits, playing fetch with over excited border collies, and sledding down steep, snowy hills with your kids; this is music that makes you feel intensely alive.
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    Each song on Fetch feels so meticulous and so conscientiously crafted, it's hard to listen to it without arriving at a cliched but undeniable truism: good things come to those who wait.
  4. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    In the grand scheme of Japanese noise Melt-Banana’s the most playful but also perhaps the most refined.
  5. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    Fetch finds the band a newly slimline two-piece in pursuit of fresh territory. [Jan 2014, p.102]
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    78
    It still might not--but fetch at least harmonizes more disharmoniously with the tenor of the times.
  7. Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Melt-Banana prove with Fetch that they can twist their peculiar universe into something more cordial, but one that forfeits a certain part of their penchant for risk.

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  1. Feb 3, 2014
    8
    [8.4] I usually am not that good at predicting what an artist will sound like before I listen to them, but as far as instrumentals go, Melt Banana is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. The electrifying guitars are really what make this album, and while I wasn't immediately comfortable with the vocals (which appropriately compliment the guitars), it definitely fits well with what this band is making. It's fast, fun, and in my opinion somewhat accessible electronic music. I'm sure this isn't the strangest Japan has to offer. Expand