Half Japanese

1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts

  • AllMusic Rating
    9
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

As with any album that is three records long, 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts unwittingly shows Half Japanese's true roots. Over the three records, the band "covers" such minimalists as the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, and Jonathan Richman, as well as deconstructing such wordsmiths as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Although they would have you believe that their untuned, almost unlistenable, instrumental clatter is the result of being so enthusiastic that they didn't bother to learn how to play their instruments, it's just the logical, inevitable intellectual extension of Richman's naivete and the Velvet Underground's stripped-down guitar. Half Japanese is consciously primitive and amateurish.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:00
2 1:49
3 4:54
4 1:04
5 0:58
6 2:12
7 2:12
8 1:26
9 1:52
10 3:44
11 2:22
12 1:07
13 2:15
14 1:36
15 2:24
16 2:10
17 3:10
18 2:23
19 1:44
20 1:32
21 7:22
22 1:10
23 0:32
24 1:13
25 0:58
26 1:42
27 1:02
28 2:16
29 0:19
30 1:40
31 1:57
32 1:36
blue highlight denotes track pick