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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B001CIPTQE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Fujiya & Miyagi - also known as the very un-Japanese and un-duo-like David Best, Steve Lewis and Matt Hainsby - are part of a indie/electronica scene, including the likes of Baikonour (aka Jean-Emmanuel Kreiger) and Imitation Electric Piano, that seem to share in Lee Adams a mercenary percussionist. Like Baikonour, Fujiya & Miyagi blend Krautrock influences to indie and funky electro, but where they differ to Jean-Emmanuel Kreiger's work is that 'Lightbulbs' is almost entirely song-orientated. David Best's weirdly enuciated vocals have a Japanese quality about them: imagine Can's Damo Suzuki crossed with James Murphy's half-spoken funk posturing. While the nods to motorik, funk and electro are deftly assembled, the result is not dissimilar to Hot Chip's geeky blend of synth pop and white-boy r'n'b: the self-depreciating English humour, the tongue-in-cheek braggadocio, songs about domestic life (dishwashers and, well, lightbulbs).

After the fine one-two sucker punch of the opening two tracks, 'Knickerbocker' and 'Uh', Lightbulbs never quite regains its swaggering self-assurance. The former builds stealthily around chugging Krautrock, electronics, and the bizarre lyrics ("vanilla, strawberry, knickerbocker glory ... I saw the ghost of Lena Zavaroni"), while 'Uh' out-Hot Chips Hot Chip with its pseudo-sexiness and funky electro. After this, the rest of the album is largely variations on the same themes, especially the latter, except for the aforementioned 'Dishwasher' ("when you're pre-menstrual, I will play chill-out compilation instrumentals"), with its stripped down bass and skittering beats, and 'Lightbulbs', a ballad about being stuck in a domestic rut. While 'Lightbulbs' is fresh and compelling, one senses the best is yet to come.
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I bought this album after being quite impressed with F&M's previous offering "Transparent Things". Their sound is basically surreal lyrics whispered over electropop baselines, and worked pretty well on the previous album.

However, it seems that this band are a bit of a one-trick pony, as the songs on "Lightbulbs" are pretty much a carbon copy of the tunes on "Transparent Things" - albeit delivered in a more lacklustre style.

It's not all bad though, "Dishwasher" has some nice quirky keyboard riff going on, and "Pterodactyls" is quite catchy...

but 2 OK songs on an album of 12 tracks or whatever it is, is just not good enough... if i were you, i wouldn't waste my money on this album
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97916180) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x97bc3d74) out of 5 stars Lightbulbs 16 Sept. 2008
By Andrew Vice - Published on Amazon.com
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On Fujiya & Miyagi's third LP (and technically first studio album, as their previous two were compilations of EPs and singles), the band continues mining the sounds of Krautrock to build their sonic landscape. Oft citing landmark works by Can and Neu as influences, the instrumental electronic sound of the band is infectious, layering funky, bright guitar riffs over melodic bass and precision drums. David Best's vocal delivery is a mix of singing and talking, but he never breaks out of an intentionally stoic, subtle delivery. This isn't a man you'll hear break into a shout, but rather you can count on him to consistently utter his nonsensical lyrics into the microphone.

Opener "Knickerbocker" sets Lightbulbs off on a roaring start, standing as a prime example of the bands layered approach and smart-mouthed wordplay. "Uh" and "Pickpocket" continue this trend, but the fourth track, "Goosebumps," is one of the few really new sounds you'll hear on this album. Something of a ballad, the song uses more synth and melody than most of the album but still doesn't break any new ground lyrically. The rest of the album moves in much the same way as the first three tracks, and any fan of Fujiya & Miyagi will know what to expect. While there isn't a lot of new style or sound on this album, it is a very solid collection of songs, and something that will be welcomed by Fujiya & Miyagi fans and likely garner some well-deserved new ones. For newcomers to the band, definitely check out their 2006 LP, Transparent Things, as well.
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HASH(0x97f24300) out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! Electronica at it's BEST! An EARGASM! 7 Mar. 2009
By CQ DX - Published on Amazon.com
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'Lightbulbs' is utterly fantastic in every way. This is current, relevant, quality electronica at it's best! Tight, lush, at times dark and brooding, even quirky melodies with soundscapes that would make Kraftwerk and Depeche take note. The smooth, sexy vocals are incredible, half sung, and half spoken much like Steve Kilbey of 'The Church' (their latest offerings). 'Fujiya & Miyagi' paint interesting, involving, sonic 'feel good' landscapes that draw you in to the music and leave you begging for more!
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HASH(0x98571594) out of 5 stars Repeat-on-repeat 9 Oct. 2008
By Scooparrilli - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately this is a lesser version of Transparent Things and offers very little innovation on the band's sound. It is merely a rehash that takes no chances. A good but forgettable record. However the track Pterodactyls has a bass solo for the ages. Also, Uh, which appeared on the TV show Breaking Bad, is F&M at their finest hour.
All in all you would be better served to pick up a record by Neu! to discover the originators of this genre.
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HASH(0x9a7285c4) out of 5 stars Yeah Bitch!! 18 Dec. 2013
By Ronault D. Trowbridge - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered these guys through Breaking Bad. The track "Uh!" plays during the "Gray Matter" episode, where Jesse tries to cook with Badger. The remaining tracks on this disc are also very cool. The music is funky & atmospheric with a hook that gabs & just doesn't let go. Great fit for Breaking Bad, wish they had been used in more episodes.
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HASH(0x97bc5090) out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Nov. 2014
By kitchene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cookin' with Jesse Pinkman. "Uh...uh-uh-uh!"
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