alexander laurence | Los Angeles, CA | 04/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes you hear some Japanese music and records and you think wait a minute we have enough music in the English-speaking world. On the other hand there are people who are all about the global village and have to make a small room for Japan. It's no real matter that no Japanese record ever sold a million in the USA. Plus Yoko Ono made most of us hate Japan for many years. Whatever your stance, Japanese music is always going to be exotic, independent and underground for most of us. Some will take off their shoes inside the house and eat sushi to be closer to the J-vibe. For anyone who has heard about the Fuji Rock Festival, you know that Japanese music is varied. Some is electronic, some influenced by Britpop, and more of it just rocks hard. That is what we have here on Japan For Sale Volume 3. The Polysics bring their new wave power pop to the table. They are probably the best new Japanese group since Thee Michele Gun Elephant. DJ Krush is known in dance culture and clubs. Guitar Vader are the most exciting new garage band in years. Some of the other groups are more like jazz and j-pop and sort of blend in and fail to make a strong impression. For people like us at SF Burning we tend to like it all."