Flags

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AllMusic Review by Ted Mills

Producer Tetsutaro Sakurai continues the formula of the first album, with each of Flags' five members singing two songs each, but this time all the songs are original, and two other tracks feature all five harmonizing -- a marvelous idea. Sakurai also drops the '70s fun vibe for a more mature '90s club pop, with nods to Lisa Stansfield, Style Council, and Sade. Highlights include "Moon," a sleek house number, and "Burst," a stomp-along dose of flower power pop. But the best tracks here are the quintet numbers: "Free," a heartbreaking ballad that shows off Sakurai's songwriting skills;, and "Nowhereland," an amazing psychedelic pop/rock would-be-hit, with fatback drums, a wall of guitars, and the group's vocals sliding all around it like angels. Not all the songs can measure up to those two, but for fans of Shibuya-kei in its heyday, this is an undiscovered classic.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Flags 04:27 Amazon
2 Flags 04:48 Amazon
3
Flags 04:14 Amazon
4 Flags 04:39 Amazon
5 Flags 05:30 Amazon
6 Flags 04:52 Amazon
7
Flags 05:07 Amazon
8
Flags 04:35 Amazon
9
Flags 03:35 Amazon
10 Flags 04:09 Amazon
11 Flags 04:37 Amazon
12 Flags 04:41 Amazon
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