Andrew W.K.: The Japan Covers and Very Best So Far
Having mentioned this before, I now have a chance to review the album of Andrew W. K.’s ‘Japan Covers’ project, which is exactly what it sounds like: covers of a set of Japanese rock and pop songs. While the experiment has some rather, well, novel results, you never get the sense that the mickey is being taken. He really does mean it, man. While ‘Kiseki’ might just be the best thing on the album, as the original seems to have been a good match for AWK’s enthusiastic delivery, it’s a fun listen.
My first selection, ‘哀 戦士’ (Ai Senshi), was originally written by Daisuke Inoue, who seems to have been best known for his songs on the Mobile Suit Gundam films. He’s also in Porco Rosso, which is good enough for me. The second, ‘スリル’ (Thrill), was originally by Tomoyasu Hotei, of Boøwy fame; you might know it from a (Japanese-only?) DS game. Or it might remind you of Paul Shane.
‘哀 戦士’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Japan Covers
‘スリル’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Japan Covers
I should point out that the companion CD is a best-of, covering AWK’s three albums to date; it’s not a bad introduction to his oover, but I’m not 100% sure that it’s available outside Japan (like the third album). And of course the selection is never going to cover everyone’s favourites… but it’s pretty good. As a sop to those who aren’t sure if it’s worth ordering, here’s a taster from the last (and most adventurous) album, Close Calls With Brick Walls. Should make Wednesday slip by…
‘The Moving Room’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Very Best So Far
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