Flags' final album suggests where they would've gone if they'd stayed together: a chance for artists other than Tetsutaro Sakurai to try out their pop diva dreams. Whether this was a sign of Sakurai giving up his experiment and going back to Cosa Nostra is debatable. The results are equal with their other releases. "Spy Like Us," the group song, is a Bond song in gestation -- its nods to John Barry are also winks to Yasuharu Konishi, Sakurai's friend, who contributes a song here as well ("Night in Satin," a song that originally appeared on the Sakurai and Konishi compilation Girl Girl Girl, sung here by Aki). But if anyone should have continued singing after the band quit, it is Emiko, whose voice just gets better; her song "Kiss," written by Ram Jam World member Hirofumi Asamoto, is prime jazz-soul. Best of the bunch, though, is Rio's take on "Present," a song by ska-punkers La-Ppisch that was the highlight of their 1994 album, Porno Porno. Turned into a dreamy ballad full of melancholia, it is a perfect cap to the much-too-brief career of this girl group.
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AllMusic Review by Ted Mills