Transparent Things - Fujiya & Miyagi
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  • Summary: As their name suggests, Fujiya & Miyagi are an English trio who make German electronic rock. (OK, so maybe it doesn't suggest that.) 'Things' compiles some of the Brighton band's previously-released singles.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. F&M's coy pose comes off as somehow original.
  2. When F&M stick to simple dance melodies and wound-up instrumental grooves, they're as good as anyone else out there.
  3. The difference between a wholly derivative artist and Fujiya & Miyagi is that they take their influences and condense them into one. [#17, p.91]
  4. It has its flaws, and it certainly isn’t some great reinvention of krautrock, but Transparent Things is an incredibly likeable album.
  5. 70
    They're fascinated with rhythm, repetition and duplication, like early-'70s German experimental bands Neu! and Can. [Mar 2007, p.136]
  6. The album's vocals exemplify the real problem here, which is that while the music is appealing and well-executed, everything feels perfectly coordinated and absolutely calculated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. kelly
    Feb 6, 2007
    10
    Not Japanese; not German; not original; but somehow contagious as a virus.
  2. RyanC
    Jan 26, 2007
    10
    For fans of Can and Kraftwerk.
  3. ToddW
    Jan 26, 2007
    7
    Oh, this trio of witty Brits making like the Vapors and turning Japanese. David Best, Stephen Lewis, and Lee Adams cop Can and Neu! with a healthy dose of Steroelab. It's a potent mix...if the lyrics weren't so inane. The beats and music on this album are both wondrous and fresh. The lyrics, on the other hand, read like something Genevieve could pen. (An inside aside.) I mean, who needs to be reminded ad nauseum that the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone, etc. Didn't we learn that in the first grade? Ankle Injuries pummels you with the name of the band, although to be kind it is set to an infectious beat. That pretty much sums up what you're going to hear on the rest of this offering. Ironically, the best songs are the instrumentals - Conductor 71 and Cassettesingle - which hints at the strength of the writing. For a first stab at a full-length, however, there's a lot here on which to hang one's hopes. Me, I want lyrics to match the intelligence of the music. Expand