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One of the best albums I have ever bought!
on 28 March 2007
Like most people, I first heard of 'Cibo Matto' when I saw them perform on an episode of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', a show which has a habit of unearthing some remarkably good bands. And these guys are possibly the best of the lot; a musical concatenation of funk, rap, blues, soul, pop, indie...oh, just about anything you can think of. Miho Hatori has the most sensual and fascinating voice I have ever encountered (her vocals on 'Theme' will leave male listeners going 'phew!') and creates such a range of intensity and emotion that you can't help but be suckered in.
There isn't a bad track here and hard to pick out an exceptional one, though 'Sugar Water' (from Buffy) will be the most familiar. It's a gorgeous song, one that just got under my skin when I first heard it and Cibo Matto are able to repeat the trick with 'Apple' and 'Artichoke' (possibly my personal favourite). 'Birthday Cake' is bats but strangely addictive while 'Know Your Chicken' is deliciously mental. Finally, this album has the best lyrics I have ever heard in my life ('he looked me up and down as if I were a restaurant menu' and 'a horse's ass is better than yours' are just two fine examples).
If you're curious about Cibo Matto and want to try them out, I'd start with this album as it's probably their most accessible. They will be far too off-beat for some but in my opinion they're a band worth celebrating.