"While of course this is an increadible album by an increadible group that where and still are ahead of thier time, this is one of those "remastered" CD's that you wish to God that someone else would have done the job!! It sounds to me like the remastering tech/eng has a case of high frequency burn out as the highs (esp in the area of 4 to 8 khz) are insanely boosted, the stereo image is poor and the much too heavy compression is just plain old WRONG! The drums are non existant. This is one of those Remasters where you would be better off to get either the 1980's CD release or get the CD called "The Other Side of Japan" as it has most of the best tracks from this album. Plus you should get the CD titled Assemblage- that version of the title track Adolescent Sex is the much better version anyways. I only hope that the remastering of Quiet Life and Gentlemen Take Polaroids are much better....."
Fun to listen to for the raunch factor
Scott Fisher | 05/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is really bad, but ironically and enjoyably so (hence 4 stars). If you have some sense of humor you might enjoy it. The band can only play simple, square sounding lines on their instruments. It has a trashy 70s R&B feel (mixed with some glam) and David Sylvian whines both nasally and raunchily through most songs. If you're looking for slick, polished, serious stuff get their later albums. Do not buy it unless you like having a bit of a laugh at Japan and their their immature, posturing, trying-to-shock antics.
The songs are trying very hard to be raunchy and shocking, have very little profanity, but lots of gratuitous sexual innuendo mixed with scornful mocking of the would-be sexual partners. You feel as though you might come away with a disease afterwards.
Someone needs to make some degrading (and scratchy) movie print to be shown in a dilapidated theatre with unknown disgusting slime and trash litering the floor. They need to make that movie and then play this album along with it. A perfect raunchy fit.
This album is great for fun and irony but I can't imagine that it will be seriously liked by many of the more serious Japan fans. Enjoy it's excesses if you can."
A debut still worth a listen.
KhanadaRhodes | Memphis, TN | 09/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't Japan's best album, but it's still a good album and it's definitely worth listening to so you can hear the full journey of Japan. You may not want to get it first, but I definitely wouldn't discount it altogether and I definitely wouldn't rate it just 1 star."
Essential Post Punk/New Wave Record!!!
ThrEaD NUGENT | Newport Beach, CA United States | 09/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Japan's 1978 debut is brash, funky(The Unconventional)/punky (Don't Rain on My Parade)shameless snapshot of the UK post punk era. Transmission is worth the record alone...dark and driving..Lovers on Main Street has a great funky riff as does Adolescent Sex to name a few....too bad they left off Stateline, a b-side. Any fan of Magazine, Gary Numan, early Simple Minds will love this record. BTW, a one star review? Are you kidding? Japan's debut should not be compared to David Sylvian's solo work...you're comparing a pair of Levi Jeans to a Boss suit....both great, totally different....This is the fun David Sylvian, not the pretentious guy we all grew to love."