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  • Audio CD (3 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian Records
  • ASIN: B000OCZ7JS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

For those of you looking for a translation, Asobi Seksu apparently means 'playful sex' in Japanese. For those of you wondering what Asobi Seksu sound like; this is shoegazing My Bloody Valentine territory.

Citrus is pretty impenetrable on your first listen, but give it a bit more time and it starts to reveal itself to be more interesting than most of the music currently bothering the top of the charts. Paul Potts this is not.

Intriguingly, this second album from the New York-based band, is in both Japanese and English, yet even when the words are in a tongue you can understand, the meaning can be a tad difficult to grasp. 'Disconnect the feeling factory/ Put your tongue up to my battery/ Things are so much smoother when they lie/ Crush your cigarettes out on an orange sky and try,' is particularly puzzling.

Characterising all the songs here is a luscious, layered, dream-pop sound. It swirls around you, otherworldly with indistinct vocals and blurry sounds. Singer Yuki's voice swoops from ear-wobblingly high pitches to levels that humans can hear comfortably, while James Hanna's guitar playing is never less than an effects-laden, fuzzy-sounding, textured wall of sound.

'Goodbye' is by far the most mainstream song here, and Yuki manages to get some toughness into her voice. It has more bite and substance to it than the rest of the ethereal-sounding album.

'Mizu Asobi' is another high point, being so catchy you almost convince yourself you can understand the words, until you realise they are in Japanese. 'Exotic Animal Paradise' is in sharp contrast to this, being more downbeat and slower, until it suddenly rips into a mass of textured guitar playing.

It is not the easiest album to get to grips with, although most would find this an interesting listen if nothing else. But if ethereal dream-pop heavy on the My Bloody Valentine tip isn't your thing, give it a miss. --Helen Groom

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The fact that 'Asobi Seksu' translates literally into 'playful sex' should give you a small insight into what you're likely to be getting from this album. Where the first album might have seemed a little too brash in places, nearly everything about 'Citrus' is so accomplished, refined, and downright transcendent that it could very well stand alongside Loveless as a modernized shoegaze staple, bringing exactly the right amount of noise, swirling affects, and sound balance to a record simply drenched in dreamy layers of guitar noise and static. Somehow, Asobi manage to map the uncharted territory where My Bloody Valentine and The Smiths might meet for drinks, whilst maintaining their sugary pop sensibilities. Singer Yuki's breathy sweet nothings in Japanese lie atop guitars and keys that pulse, ebb and build to climaxes that would wear Mogwai out. "It's never felt like this", she croons on 'Walk On The Moon'. And she's not wrong.
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Possibly the fact that 'Asobi Seksu' translates to 'playful sex' should give you a hint as to what you're getting from this album...bringing together just the right amount of noise, swirling effects and sound balance, 'Citrus' is a heady rush of acomplished airiness, yet with a devastating edge of guitar noise and static. This album sits in the never before conquered realm where My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth might meet for drinks. Singer Yuki's breathy sweet nothings in Japanese lie atop guitars and keys that pulse, ebb and build to climaxes that would wear Mogwai out. "It's never felt like this", she croons on single 'Walk On The Moon'. And she's not wrong.
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This album sees Asobi Seksu combine the very best of Lush, My Bloody Valentine and Mahagony into a gorgeous twirl of sonic landscapes that literally brings a smile to my face whenever I hear it. The first album is good, if a little darker and grounded perhaps. Citrus is take-off and soaring flight through bright skies and manic thunderstorms, before gently dropping you to the ground again. Playful melodies, walls of distortion, etherial girl vocals, warm boy vocals, pulsating beats and chilled out bliss, at one time or another this album has it all, most likely all at the same time :)
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I really like Asobi Seksu, and I like this album a lot. I have listened to it over and again, and it is brill. My particular favourite is Nefi + Girly.
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Firmly in the shoegaze/dreampop arena, this is a wonderful album full of swirling layered guitars, bass chords and breathy dreamy vocals very reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless in places or early Lush but crossed with a more jangly tuneful indie sound. Standout tracks for me are 'New Years' - a thumping JAMC back beat, distorted bass and chorus which just sends shivers up my spine, 'Thursday' which crescendos beautifully and 'Lions and Tigers' with a blissful multi-layered guitar and bass chorus. 'Strings' is a little odd in that it completely changes half way through which makes it sound like a part I and II. 'Pink Cloud Tracing Paper' is a blatant MBV rip off but none the worse for it. 'Red Sea' is more reminscent of Ride circa 'Today/Forever', with its long drawn out swirling guitar fade out. 'Goodbye' and 'Mizu Asobi' are more indie pop, 'Nefi + Girly' probably closest to their trademark sound and 'All Through the Day' is more dreampop. If you like shoegaze and dreampop, you will love this as it is so fresh and enjoyable.
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