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Lä-Ppisch tried to redo the artistic success of Porno Porno with the simpler, grunge-heavy Q, but left behind the melodicism of the former. The result, while not unlistenable, has little staying power. One of the better tracks here returns slightly to their reggae-punk roots: "Flat" sounds like Madness' "Grey Day" being covered by Pearl Jam. "Nightmare" has some nice spoken-word cooing from Yoko Ito (playing a mother soothing her son). The single "Maracas Man" has undeniable power, and "Yume No Buranko" is satisfyingly melancholic. But quite a lot of Q is directionless, sound and fury signifying nothing.