Shonen Knife

Explosion EP

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"Explosion," one of the many highlights on Shonen Knife's BRAND NEW KNIFE album, is followed here by a version sung in Japanese. Where the song shows Shonen Knife to be a solidly capable and inventive studio band, the four live tracks find the group equally at home on the stage. As recorded in New York City less than six months before the release of EXPLOSION, Shonen Knife is energetic and completely in control. An earlier live album-included with the CD reissue of PRETTY LITTLE BAKA GUY- revealed the Knife, nearly ten years prior, as charming but not nearly as powerful as it is here. Shonen Knife has a full understanding of three-piece ensemble dynamics, and these three women present their music in impressively full-bodied arrangements.

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