The Pillows perform hook-infested music, ranging from candy pop to rock, with a bit of metal or punk thrown in here and there. Everything they do is pleasant and addictive, creating a feeling of well-being that should legally require a prescription. This album is sung in Japanese, though some of the songs have so much feeling, you just *know* what they're about. Generally their music reminds me of The Beatles, Cheap Trick, and maybe something I listened to in a previous life, because I sure can't place it in this one.
One Life Is the song you hear after the first few minutes of Ep 1 complete. Nicely evocative pop. A prime example of what I mean when I say you don't need to know what the lyrics are.
I love Hybrid Rainbows. Of course, I see in my mind sequences from the series (All these songs come with my own little FLCL videos), and I see Kanchi rising into the sky, circled by crows, and poor Mamimi thinking he's an angel. It's a really beautiful sequence. It's also when you realize Mamimi is slightly nuts.
The Last Dinosaur--Speedy fuzzy pop--don't know what this reminds me of, but something I used to know.
Sad, Sad Kiddie--Boomfy bassy instrumental, bordering on punk.
Carnival--Ennui abounds. The fed-up main character walks out of class right in front of God and everybody, and the teacher doesn't even notice. She's too busy trying to control her chopsticks.
Runner's High--Here's one for Neil. Punky and cheerful.
Instant Music. Very pop, but I *like* it. Where are these guys stealing their harmonic hooks from? God?
Stalker. Metal-ish and fuzzy.
Stalker in Babylon. Chaotic and a bit more metal than the previous track.
Another Morning--This must be one of those mornings when you wake up late for work. Energetic and chaotic.
Beautiful Morning With You--instrumental, just nice-sounding.
Sleepy Head--Mamimi sprouts a robot out of her head. All hell breaks loose, and is partially solved by feeding the robot really hot curry. People just have robots coming out of their heads left and right in this series, always because they've lost control of their emotions. Think the ID monster in Forbidden Planet.
Bran New Love Song--references to fiber aside, this is a plaintive, lovely tune that reminds me strongly of Tom Petty.
Come Down--Things explode into manga for no apparent reason! The fans object! Good rock.
Blues Drive Monster--cute punk.
White Ash--Reminds me of something by the Pretenders.
Advice--A metallic Joe Satriani/Van Halenish number, merciless but tuneful.
Crazy Sunshine--very pop, but has a good sound. This is one of the fans' favorites but I prefer...
Funny Bunny--Another of those happy tracks, emotionally uplifting in spite of the fact that you don't know what the hell they're talking about.
Skeleton Liar--The Cure on Paxil. I *know* that guitar riff; or at least I think I should.
Little Buster--A lovely little victory song. This sounds like it's in English, but is it?
Nightmare--Yeah! Speed metal!
I Think I Can--Heh, check out that Spanish bullfighter riff. Joyful song heard in the last episode; I associate it with a huge phoenix exploding out of Naota's head and destroying the evil steam-iron.
Ride On Shooting Star--The song that got me hooked on the music in this series. This tune, and its accompanying animation (A jet taking off for parts unknown, Haruko doing trick riding stuff on her Vespa), always makes me feel like school has let out for the summer and wonderful things are awaiting me. *sigh*