Review: Asian Kung-Fu Generation AKG Tribute (Various Artists)

In celebration of Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s 20th anniversary comes this tribute album. The artists appearing are mostly up-and-coming younger bands who most likely grew up listening to AKG. I’ve been listening to AKG for only 10 years myself. I don’t know exactly how the different bands were picked, but I do know that they were allowed to pick the song they wanted to cover, as Regal Lily’s vocalist Honoka talked about it briefly at a recent show. I also know that Regal Lily are big fans of AKG, covering Soranin at a concert a year earlier. The songs are unsurprisingly concentrated around their earlier albums, with five from Kimi Tsunagi FM and three from Solfa.

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  1. yonige – Soranin (ソラニン)
  2. 04 Limited Sazabys – Mirai no hahen (未来の破片)
  3. Jin (じん) – Re:Re:
  4. amazarashi – Natsu no hi, zanzou (夏の日、残像)
  5. Creepy Nuts – Rewrite (リライト)
  6. Scenario Art (シナリオアート) – Maigoken to ame no beat (迷子犬と雨のビート)
  7. LILI LIMIT – Blackout (ブラックアウト)
  8. Yoru no honki dance (夜の本気ダンス) – N.G.S
  9. BLUE ENCOUNT – Understand (アンダースタンド)
  10. Regal Lily (リーガルリリー) – Mustang (ムスタング)
  11. never young beach – Kimi no machi made (君の街まで)
  12. the chef cooks me – Kakato de ai wo uchinarase (踵で愛を打ち鳴らせ)
  13. KANA-BOON – Kimi to iu hana (君という花)

As with most tribute albums, the songs range from straight covers with slightly different elements mixed in from the covering band’s signature sounds (for example, 04 Limited Sazabys has a double-time punk drum beat in their version of “Mirai no hahen” and Regal Lily has chorus effect on the guitar as they usually do for their cover of “Mustang”) to completely different arrangements, like the surf rock rendition of “Kimi no machi made” by never young beach. Creepy Nuts’s song was by far the worst cover. I just don’t think their rap and music style gels well with AKG, Japanese champions of alt rock. Overall, it is a fun and satisfying album that I’d recommend to any AKG fan, especially if it has a few bands on it you like already.

Best Covers: yonige, 04 Limited Sazabys, Scenario Art, BLUE ENCOUNT, Regal Lily, never young beach

 

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