New Knife (Big Deal)
After a short, fairly unproductive internship with Virgin
Records, everybody's favorite Japanese rock-pop girl group is back in the indie ranks.
like to say Brand New Knife is a return to form for the band, but that would only
be partially true.
As always, the tunes are upbeat, the guitar chords are so cute you
almost want to pet them, and the pidgeon English lyrics raise a smile. But the songs,
while good, don't exactly push the envelope. The opening track, while perfectly pleasant,
has to be the least forceful song with a title like "Explosion!" in history.
Songs like "Fruits and Vegetables" and "Frogphobia" continue the
band's fascination with weird lyrical concepts, and seven Japanese bonus tracks fit in
While it is a very pleasant listen, in the long run, Brand New Knife
is a slightly below average Bangles album with accents. (5/97)