Mr.Children’s new album SENSE has been out for a couple of weeks now. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it, but here’s the CM released to promote the album.
From the cm, it looks like SENSE is a little bit more rock n’ roll than the last album (Supermarket Fantasy). More Shinkai-like, that was what immediately came to my mind when I heard HOWL, specifically it reminded me of Seesaw Game. The album features progressive rock sounds with lots of strong guitars and stadium-friendly anthemic songs, starring an aggressive-sounding Sakurai – quite a departure from the more introspective, sensitive treatment that he displayed in Supermarket Fantasy and Home. In short, it’s everything that I like about Mr. Children.
This album is almost like a secret. There were no details about it until two days before its release. However there are a couple of songs that you’ve probably heard prior to this: 365 Nichi and fanfare. If you haven’t, the videos for both are right after this para.
365 Nichi (‘live’) taken from the DOME 2009 Supermarket Fantasy Tour
365 Nichi (audio rip)
fanfare (audio rip)
You can get your hands on the album from cdjapan. Quick album info:
- Website: cdjapan
- Price: RM108.78 excl. tax and shipping shipping (USD 34.70)
- Catalog No: TFCC-86341
- I’m talkin’ about Lovin’
- 365 Nichi
- Rock’n Roll wa Ikiteiru
SENSE has sold in excess of 500,000 copies in its first week. Would be great if anyone could post their reviews of the album here as mine would still take some time to come.
p/s: Here’s the rip of Forever, the last track of the album taken from the end credits of the Supermarket Fantasy Dome Tour DVD, that I found on youtube. I don’t know how long it is going to be up so if you want to listen to it, you’d better click play right now.