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4 stars DJAMRA plays an Osakan Drama.

This "Circle Of Circus" is DJAMRA's fourth album, that can notify me they can create and produce this stuff with more relaxed, and with more objective soundscape ... through this objectiveness we can find them growin' up as performers and simultaneously as Osakan Entertainers ... let me emphasize. Namely, there are some tracks (for example, the sixth "Assasin In Sin", the eighth "Komurakaeri", or the tenth "Nest") rehashed their standard numbers previously released or played, and DJAMRA could "easily and comfortably" play complex and eccentric phrases in all of them. And surprisingly, each and every standard should not be out of harmony with the other songs and this theme "Circle Of Circus" itself. Guess they can clarify the proverb that the Osakan people can reuse and reissue old stuffs most cleverly of all Japanese?

Each song has a definite and obvious appearance for what DJAMRA should try to express. A Pierrot (le fou) or a dancer sometimes walks on the stage, sometimes dances with a tiger, sometimes (always?) gives a joke, and sometimes plays a dangerous stunt ... all matters can be expressed much skillfully, as a very amazing show. I'm sure both the players and the audience (that is, the songs) sometimes laugh out loudly, sometimes cry against danger, and sometimes palpitate, get excited & jump up as though they could be racing drivers. This story may be less "catchy" than the previous album indeed methinks, but should be more fascinating and more united, more refined surely ... based on their attitude for a rock suite I imagine.

I'm much immersed especially in the second track "Pierrot's Foot Goes Into Convulsions" and thirteenth "Civilization". "Pierrot's ? " is the rehash of their repertoire on stage "Nagashiuchi" and amazingly they can play so easily such complex phrases. From the very opening - completely along with the rhythm section by Masaharu & Akihiro - Akira's keen guitar, Takehiro's brilliant keyboard, and Shinji's funky-punky alto saxophone can go ahead aggressively and strictly. Playing a complicated and eccentric tune may give a convulsion to their body indeed, but we can never see a dizzy, fuzzy, or cloudy space in them. They could knock precisely our brain with their serious and steady beats. "Civilization" is the longest, and another masterpiece in this album, that includes relaxation, calmness, massive attacks, laziness, risky performances, and impressive actions ? all of them can be represented with five talented artists' music play and rough-tough breathing. This eleven-minute art is just the highlight of the BIG (Dai) Circus Entertainment, let me say.

And yes, DJAMRA gives expression of "humour" via the whole album, not only a song as in the previous albums. Please enjoy The Osakan Taste fully.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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