BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS, THE: Chikara: CD

The first mistake I made with this album was thinking the band was Japanese. In my defense, the song titles are written in both Japanese and English. It was a fair mistake. This band is from Seattle, but the internet tells me they are very popular in Japan. Hence the Japanese translations on the album cover. The second mistake I made with this album was listening to it at bedtime. This is not a bedtime album. This is an album of heart-clutching rock’n’roll. It sounds desperate and not in a bad way. The good kind of desperate, the kind that propels music forward and makes it an experience instead of just a recording. I think Japan is on to something.

 –jennifer (Tsurumi)