I bought Gacharic Spin’s latest album, Music Battler, twice! I ordered a limited edition copy online, but my order was delayed by Japanese holidays so I bought it off of iTunes. Is it that good?
I’ve been listening to Music Battler very frequently since I bought it last month, and it continues to be incredibly enjoyable to listen to.
iTunes categorizes Music Battler as JPop. That’s not a genre that I know all that much about, but it’s more musically diverse than American pop. Music Battler is, as far as I know, a JPop album, but it covers multiple genres from dance to hard rock and everything in between. And it does this while remaining relatively accessible for Western listeners.
As alluded to earlier, there are hard rockin’ moments on this album. And there is a song on here, “Jyoushiki Destroyer”, that’s so hard that it’s borderline metal. Yeah! But there’s a sing-songy breakdown in the middle that cools it back off… right before a righteous guitar solo.
But that’s not all! There’s reggae too! It doesn’t last long: it’s a short break in the middle of a mid-tempo rocker. But it’s on the same album as “Yumekuizame - Music Battler Ver.”, which sounds like it was made for clubs, with its vocoder-powered vocals and dance atmosphere.
It’s very easy to play something totally different and have it sound out-of-place, but Music Battler manages to sound cohesive. The frequent combination of rapid-fire slap bass and double bass drums plays some role in it, but I think that Music Battler’s cohesion comes from great songwriting and production. The music is very well put-together, and this album has a great flow to it where every song sounds like it has a place.
I didn’t always feel this way. When I listened to Music Battler for the first time, everything sounded disconnected and disjointed. There are some fakeout moments where you think a song will be hard rocking but it isn’t. On my first listen, these were disappointing because I was expecting more of a hard-rockin’ vibe throughout. But I started changing my mind during my second listen, and I later realized that those moments help tie everything together.
If you’re prepared to give it a few chances, I highly recommend giving Music Battler a spin or two! It’s on iTunes, and it’s really easy to get it on CD if you don’t mind importing it.
Holy cow, I just realized that I made that pun. I’m not removing it. Ever.
(I bought my copy of Music Battler from CDJapan.)
(If you’re wondering what the Type-A Limited Edition DVD has, I wrote a review about it here: Gacharic Spin - Music Battler Type A DVD Review.)