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4 stars Active, aggressive, avantgarde and after all aholish explosion they can give us!

Exactly their third work Kamihitoe is a wonderful chandelier united with their musical brilliancy. They can push strongly their rock flavour rather than jazzy one. Therefore DJAMRA's play is heavier and more aggressive than of another jazz-rock band. The first part or the last one of Alha-Ha has laidback sounds (and they can play naturally and with relaxed), with some avantgarde and eccentricity in the middle part. This musical offense should be their style I consider.

The song formed with their favourable essence (heavy, jazzy, funky, aggressive but serious and strict) is the first track Kamihitoe (in English "Close to the edge"?), their masterpiece. After the spacey opening, all instruments can attack us heavily...the sounds of a bass and drums & percussion are very steady, strict, and ease our mind. On the contrary, saxophone, keyboard, and guitar sounds are very aggressive, eccentric, and violent and rampant (great!). The latter ones can play much with improvised, over the strict rhythm section. In fact the point is that the improvised instruments cannot play wonderfully without the rhythm section, a steady basis.

And the song we can feel the bass & percussion terrific is the second track New Bound. Please listen to the first half. The serious battle with Masaharu and Akihiro is beyond words. We can feel very happy only to hear the battle. On it, in the latter half, a loud saxophone and a heavy guitar join. Suddenly, in the quiet world, eccentric piano sound freeze us. We, completely frozen, will be hit and blown by all of them at last. LOL.

Furthermore, can you pay attention to the song 94k2? 94k2 - KUSHIKATSU - in English, a broiled cutlet on a skewer - is a local special food in Osaka. Various ingredients, sources, and tastes can come one after another aggressively...with loud voices of the shopmaster. This dirty atmosphere and oily flavour we Osakan feel very GOOD...not kidding! Oh, the last is a dessert - FRIED ICE CREAM! hahhaha!

The word "mixture" or "toy box" can remarkably match DJAMRA's style and policy. We cannot imagine what should pop up from the "toy box" until the end.

Ah...well...the last track's title Ahonoko is very good! Who is ahonoko (a fool)? DJAMRA? We listeners? No, both! Crazy, eccentric, and funky, funny sounds can be very comfortable for us fools. Yes, Aho is the greatest! Thank you DJAMRA for your fantastic gems to us foolish fans. Please laugh out loudly!

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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