[Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu]
[Rock n' Roll, Morning Light Falls on You]
Light picking opens the track as layers of instruments quickly fade across each other before the vocals begin. The song is very laid-back and pleasant with a catchy chorus and a rock edge. The lead singer’s vocals recall a lot of pop/rock here in the States and he uses a well-placed falsetto throughout punctuating the places were a more dramatic upper register adds the rockier effects. The song deals with the singer lamenting the loss of a love he never truly held,
“What was it I lost?
Can’t even figure that out
My heart lamenting over what that was never mine”
Overall a very nice song, something a casual pop/rock listener would very much enjoy, as I do.
This song is about an escalator in Enoshima, Japan south of Tokyo. It apparenlty takes you up a steep hill for sightseeing and is famous, I guess (it’s on Wikipedia). The song has about the same feeling as the title track and about the same instrumental. Electric guitars play a bit more central to its composition but the melody is strikingly similar to the first and overall just feels like a rehashing of the first song.
For a “rock” single, it has no bite. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is definitely sounding more pop/rock than rock. I believe the single is an excellent easy listening sort of thing but other than that, if you’re looking for anything close to what I think of rock, I’d look over this. If, on the other hand, you seem to have similar tastes in music as I do, you will probably enjoy it.