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Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dead Smile
  2. Morning Song
  3. The Ocean In-Between
  4. I Love You
  5. I Don't Want To Know
  6. Warning
  7. Spiral
  8. Love Is Gone
  9. Hear This
  10. Wait
  11. Tonight We Ride
  12. Through Your Eyes
  13. Silent Track 1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Racm Records
  • ASIN: B0002MPQQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lavezzoli on June 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Kimi Ga Suki Raifu is really a fascinating item in the Matthew Sweet canon. Originally recorded solely for the Japanese fan base, and initially released only in that country, this album was simply too good to keep from the rest of the world! This may well be Sweet's most consistently powerful and EXCITING album, with special emphasis on the word "excitement." It's even more energetic than Girlfriend or 100% Fun, both of which have at least a couple of low spots, but there is nothing but brilliance here. This is what happens when a great musician places himself into a "pressure cooker" situation, writing and recording an entire album of material in one week. No demos, no excessive overdubs, no second guessing. Matthew brought together his old rock & roll cohorts: Richard Lloyd, Ric Menck, Greg Leisz, for a reunion of the original Girlfriend lineup. Without giving himself the luxury of making demos and reworking these songs, Sweet set himself the challenge of writing and recording 12 songs in one fell swoop, and he came up aces!

All of Matthew's natural gifts are on full display here: passionate hard driving rock and roll, stripped to its raw essence (but still with gorgeous vocal harmonies), with Sweet's acerbic wit in high gear. This is probably his most consistent set of lyrics on one record. His sharp irony and twisted sense of humor in matters of love and heartache is in full effect. No other songwriter can take a love song and make it so sad or angry, and yet so...outrageously funny at the same time, from the title track of "Girlfriend" to "I Almost Forgot" to every song on this record. Picture the romantically jaded Neil Young mixed with the dark humor of Peter Gabriel, and Matthew sits somewhere in that realm.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on December 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a good artistic year Matthew Sweet is having. First the U.S. was treated to a lovely new CD, Living Things, that returned him to the power and acuity of Girlfriend. Now a work he originally created for his Japanese fan club only, Kimi Ga Suki, is available stateside, and it's even better (by a hair) than Living Things. There's a looseness to these 12 tracks missing from the official release -- a result of having set himself paramaters and recording quickly. Still, the deadlines worked in his favor. Sweet's gorgeous power pop is a confection, best served fast and fresh. Nuggets here include the aching "Love Is Gone" and the Mach V opener "Dead Smile". If only FM radio would pick up on his singular talent once again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Kimi Ga Suki" finally makes its stateside appearence on CD and, although it's not Sweet's best album, it can more than hold for the most part. The most melodic songs on the album like the rocking "Dead Smile" or "Through Your Eyes" will remind you of the best material from Sweet's "Girlfriend" or "Altered Beast". The production is a bit thinner and not as splashy or slick but that's no surprise given that Sweet recorded this at home. "Ocean in Between" recalls "Girlfriend" the most with an infectious hook, killer harmony vocals and a melody that ingrains itself into your brain almost from the first verse. As a result, everything from the best songs to some of the lesser ones have a flow unlike some of his previous albums.

The good news that many of his usual collaborators appear here including Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. His guitar work adds much needed bite to some of the weaker material which gives it a bit more substance. The home recording approach actually works in the album's favor making it difficult to pigeon hole the album's sound. While much of it does recall his previous material, the best songs tend to build on rather his other albums rather than standing at the same level. Adding to the charm is the fact that Sweet wrote the album straight through vs. accumulating songs over time and recorded them in a rush of activity over a week or so. This approach (like McCartney's on "Driving Rain")only adds to the quality of the songs and charm. There's no second guessing here as there wasn't much time to do it.

"Kimi Ga Suki" may be an imperfect album but it's an imperfect album packed with ingenious melodies, sharp playing and singing as well as musical ambition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Means on April 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's too bad that there are no plans for US release of this cd becasue it's worthy of it. All of the classic Sweet elements are here, great melodies, tight backing harmonies, and the return of the Richard Lloyd guitar solo. The songs were all written in a single week's time and recorded and mixed in Matthew's home studio with the help of Rik Menck, Richard Lloyd, and Greg Leisz. The sound quality is noticably less polished than the typical MS record and sounds more like a recent Velvet Crush release than the sound we're accustomed to hearing from Matthew. The lower quality doesn't significantly diminish the listening experience however, mainly becasue the songs are just so good. It's really hard to believe that all 12 of them were written in only one week. Overall the mood of the record is fairly light and poppy, not really totally comparable to any one of Matthew's previous records, but remeniscient of bits and pieces of all of them, and even some of Velvet Crush's work too. Despite the high price tag this is a must have cd for the avid Matthew Sweet fan, though maybe not so for the casual listener.
On a technical note, the cd uses CCCD copy protection which means you can't play it at CD quality on your PC or at all if you're a Mac user, at least not without figuring out a way around it which is possible. I've read that this protection format also occasionally makes the cd unreadable by some cd and dvd players so let the buyer beware, but this is probably an rare occurance with older or cheaper players.
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