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Citrus

May 30, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Label: Friendly Fire Recordings
  • Copyright: 2006 Friendly Fire Recordings
  • Total Length: 47:26
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000QQTEE6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,660 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Musically and lyrically it's just as good as the older stuff.
Jason Scheirer
I think she did just about as good a job as anyone could do with the genre, as artifice.
Just Because We Care
It has the perfect balance between ethereal Cocteaus and grinding MBV style discordance.
Mr. Keith Abbott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J Lee Harshbarger on July 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I picked up this album today, I had never heard of this group, let alone heard any of their music. But I'm glad I got this album! This music is right down my line.

What I hear in the music is a blend of psychedelia, 80s pop, and lots of that wonderful early 90s music that I call "brightwave," but I guess the common term is shoegazer--music like Cocteau Twins, Autumn's Grey Solace, or Lush.

"Exotic Animal Paradise" and "Red Sea" remind me the most of Cocteau Twins, their shimmering, floating sound that I associate with big ocean waves and peaceful summer days. "Red Sea" has a big sound grand ending. "Thursday" also has some of this sound at the end, but with more of a feel-good pop flavor.

Songs such as "New Years," "Goodbye," and "Mizu Asobi" have a sound that reminds me of cheerful, quirky 80s new wave pop, where I hear occasional touches of Blondie, glitzed up with fuzzed-out, psychedelia guitars. In some songs, such as "Strings" and "Pink Cloud Tracing Paper," I hear traces of mid-80s New Order influence.

The songs are sung in a mixture of English and Japanese, with all the tracks but one featuring a female vocalist. There's not a song on here I don't like. This is quintessential summer music for me, and I expect to be listening to this a lot the remainder of this summer.

March 2007 Update: I originally reviewed the day I got it in summer 2006. Amazon's system doesn't permit changing of stars, but if I could, I would change this to 5 stars. There was no album in 2006 whose music I liked better than this one. The music is so beautiful that it deeply moves me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
whenever a new bands surfaces and mines old territory, the naysayers inevitably appear and begin to knock down the current in favor of the past. not only is comparing the present to past generally unfair and shortsighted, it's also amounts to a display on narrow-mindedness. no, asobi seksu aren't my bloody valentine, slowdive, ride, swervedriver, or any number of other shoegazer bands. shoegazing hit its peak nearly 15 years ago. those who hold on to as though it were some holy grail do themselves a disservice by refusing to properly acknowledge a band who has nothing but love for the aforementioned band.

asobi seksu, a nyc quarted, is a crazily fantastic band. sure, the elements of shoegazing are there, name in the swirling, kaleidoscopic guitars and yuki's occasional elizabeth-frasier-esque vocals tics. but yuki owes more of debt to harriet wheeler than elizabeth frasier. asobi seksu is everything that's right about great pop/rock music. tight, effecient songs, effortless melodies, intricate and interesting musicianship, and enough energy to light a city for weeks. if it seems that asobi seksu is a highly calculated band, nothing could be futher from the truth.

through they do mine familiar shoegazer territory, asobi seksu is a highly orginal and exciting band. the first 1/2 of the album is as good as anything i've heard in a LONG time (and i listen to a lot of music). the one-two punch of 'new years' and 'thursday' is as great as anything you'll hear this year. both are heavy, exciting, i dare say thrilling, tracks. the choruses, particularly 'thursday,' are spine chilling.

sure, asobi seksu will make you a bit nostalgic for the days of mbv and slowdive, but they'll also make you excited about the future of music. with a soundtrack like this, how can life be anything but beautiful and wonderful? a really remarkable album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on October 7, 2008
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On their second LP, Citrus, Asobi Seksu sound like a band that has come into their own. The songwriting on Citrus far outclasses the work on their self-titled debut, with tracks like "Thursday" and "Goodbye" standing as some of the best tracks of 2006. Stylistically, the album is at times both more and less shoegazy than their debut. Tracks like "Pink Cloud Tracing Paper" and "Red Sea" sound like they would belong on a Slowdive record, whereas the aforementioned "Goodbye" is more of an alternative power-pop track, managing to be both playful and smart. There isn't really a single track on this record that isn't worth its weight, and the sequencing is exciting and well planned.

Ultimately, for any fan of shoegaze, alternative pop, or luscious female vocals, Citrus is a must-have. And, for any fan that enjoys this record, definitely check out their debut, which is a competent, if not quite as dynamic, record. Definitely one of the best of 2006.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richie Corelli on July 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
(Okay. My self-imposed goal with this Asobi Seksu album is to write a fair and solid review without giving-in to the temptation to fill the page with My Bloody Valentine comparisons. I mean, yea, Asobi Seksu do employ that wall of sound reverb that My Bloody Valentine perfected 20 years prior. And yes, Kevin Shield's band was among the seminal acts of the genre. But Asobi Seksu move beyond their influences and infuse themselves into most of the songs on this album. A detailed comparison of the two bands would be unfair to each).

Asobi Seksu is a shoegazey quartet from New York. The songs on Citrus, their second album, balance fuzzy guitar noise, keyboard washes, and infectious melodies. The guitar of James Hana establishes and frames most of the songs while the work of singer/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate makes the band distinct. Chikudate's girlishly cute singing, which alternates from Japanese to English, provide the hookiest moments on the album. She is not perfect. There are a few instances where the vocals detract; the off-key chorus yelped during "Strings" damages the otherwise perfect song and "Goodbye" suffers from an awkward transition between verses. But the bulk of the music is led by Chikudate's ethereal charm.

Of the 12 tracks on the album, "Thursday" is the strongest. Poppy vocals and steady beats slide over building strings and feedback. At well-positioned points throughout the song, the lush chorus fades to heighten the more atmospheric elements of the track. During these segments, a guitar and keyboard play off of each other and set up for the next change. The song's finale is marked with a deep barrage of sound and two vocalists, male and female, pushing their chords into the fray.

Another highlight is "Nefi and Girly.
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