Artist: The Pillows
Musicians: Sawao Yamanaka (vocals, guitar), Yoshiaki Manabe (guitar), Shinichiro Sato (drums), Kenji Ueda (bass)
Composer/Lyricist: Sawao Yamanaka
Release Date: 21 May 1990
|Pantomime – The Pillows
01. Stand Up and Go
*Bold titlesâ€“Recommended listening
The Pillowsâ€¦a legendary band to many anime fans, and a legendary band itself. Formed by former punk-rock band members, The Pillows is a collage of great artists. With Sato on drums, Yamanaka on the vocals, Manabe with his guitar, and Kenji Ueda with bass, everyone and everything clicks, and there is no song where harmony is an issue, nor quality. Made in the first year of the â€˜90s, Pantomime has a unique sound that was unlike anything of the manufactured â€˜80s. This sound would morph overtime, but would still remain The Pillowsâ€™ own. With Yamanakaâ€™s voice being extremely rough during these years, it is still tolerable, and is more than made up by the brilliant instrumental work.
What does Pantomime bring for us specifically? Hard to say, honestly. It is a small album, but it is electrolyzed, and few can resist its upbeat charm. Itâ€™s an album to feel, not to read about. Oh yeah, if you can find one track that blows like a whistle, drop me a line, and Iâ€™ll show you how wrong, wrong, oh-so-wrong, you are.
Stand Up and Go
Woosh! This is song will sweep you up and throw you into a trance. With its incredibly catchy beat and powerful vocals, I was not bored, not at all. Every wicked second has a momentous bass line, which aids in synchronizing the vocals, guitar, and drums into a maelstrom of energy. Damn, listening to this makes me want toâ€¦want toâ€¦run a mile!
I heard some complaints about this song. Like, er, itâ€™s too long. What? How about this one: itâ€™s â€œcrap.â€
Disliking Yamanakaâ€™s vocals is one thing, but to claim that this song, as a whole, â€œsucks,â€ is completely ignorant. Several things are easily appreciable, such as the incredible timing, where instruments and vocals tune in and out perfectly. Another aspect that will simply â€œwowâ€ any listener is the broad range of sounds, from different pitched (and completely different) guitar lines to an immaculately played bass. After a few seconds, the song has the power to take control. It will tell you how to move your body. It will tell you how to dance.
The Rating: 9