Ellegarden - Eleven Fire Crackers
Disclosure: I am a Japanophile in the most therapy-deserving way. Music, movies, writers, art, food; shit, I’m a Zen Buddhist to boot. So it is with heavy heart that I have to say that Ellegarden's Eleven Fire Crackers didn’t do it for me. Huge in Japan, with five hit records to their name, Ellegarden are making a push stateside with this one. Really, there is nothing here that deviates from the kind of pop-punk formula that has made you so sick you have dug and dug until you found Music Emissions, ready to hear something different.
So the title track, "Winter" and others are sharp, bi-lingual, and nothing you wouldn’t find cozy and snug inside a Blink 182 record. It is bouncy, chunky in a non-offensive way, radio-friendly, and as original as my next sentence. If you like solid inoffensive power pop with a splash of punk, "Eleven Fire Crackers" is for you. If not, buy some Guitar Wolf or Acid Mothers Temple and really bow to the East.
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on 2007-09-20 Symphony Said:
This band was quite the popular hype machine on AP forums. Good review, but the hype was beyond me.