With their superb debut album, the Boom Boom Satellites proved they were one of the most exciting and innovative Japanese acts of the time. From there on, however, things became a little dull. The subsequent EP, 7 Ignitions: Auto-Rebirth, was painfully average. The band's next full-length album was this, 2001's UMBRA. The LP features a decidedly similar sound to Out Loud, yet the songwriting is of a much lower standard. Whereas the debut had such innovative tracks as "An Owl," amongst others, UMBRA hosts nothing of the kind, taking a far more straightforward path throughout. It's this highly conventional dullness that makes UMBRA so disappointing, especially considering the vitality of its predecessor.
AllMusic Review by Ben Davies
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