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From hard-hitting tracks like “Pristine” to bouncy pop-rock numbers like “Praise”, they will leave you thinking that their music is anything but “fake”.
Art of Losing Touch
Company: Tokuma Japan Communications
CD Length: approx 67 min
Rated: PG (Suggestive themes)
Ken Lloyd and Inoran are back
with 15 pulse-pounding songs in “The Art of Losing Touch”.
From hard-hitting tracks like “Pristine” to bouncy
pop-rock numbers like “Praise”, they will leave you thinking
that their music is anything but “fake”.
is a fairly new band to come around the j-rock scene.
The group consists of Ken Lloyd (former lead vocal of
Oblivion Dust) and Inoran (former guitarist of Luna Sea).
Oblivion Dust was a pretty popular band in the underground
music scene before they disbanded back in 2001.
Luna Sea is considered to be one of the most influential
j-rock bands of our time. With the combination of Ken as vocals and
Inoran on the guitar, you’ve got a band that’s just oozing with
two released their first single, “Taste Maximum”, early 2002 and
an album a couple of months later titled “Breath In”.
In less than three years, the band has managed to produce
three full length albums (Breath In, Tomorrow Today, and The Art of
Losing Touch) as well as a mini-album (New Skin).
“The Art of Losing Touch”
marks Fake’s third full length album.
The band returns giving their fans the same rock goodness
that they’re used to.
The album faired pretty well when it was released back in
I should start giving you my review now.
“Pristine” has to be my
favorite if not one of my favorite songs on the album.
It will be the heaviest rock number that you’ll hear.
When I first heard it, I had this Linkin Park vibe.
Perhaps it’s from the musical arrangement done on this
track, the song starts out hard and heavy with the occasional use of
synthesizers or mixers in the background.
“Stitch Frequency” is a
techno-like interlude. There’s nothing really special about it.
I consider it a skip track.
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After hearing my first Fake? song, “Into Everything” (from
their first album, Breath In), I was hooked.
It was the first time that I’ve been exposed to Ken
Lloyd’s work. I was
so impressed that I even went as far as checking out Oblivion Dust.
With that, I was really excited when I found out they were
coming out with a new album earlier this year.
Did it live up to my expectations?
Indeed, it did! I
can honestly say that besides the interludes, there aren’t any
skip tracks. It has
those addictive tracks like “Pristine” and “Escape From the
Audio Mess” for those mornings that you can bump to while you’re
stuck in traffic on your way to work or school.
Then there are the happy pop-rock numbers like “Candy”
and “Praise” that’ll leave you feeling good.
If you want something with more emotion, look no further than
the likes of “Redemption” and “Drip”.
In addition, Ken’s singing isn’t all that bad.
His English singing ability has got to be the best in the
j-rock industry if not one of the best.
The fact that a majority of songs are written in full English
makes it even more appealing to westerners.
I could see myself recommending this band to my friend even
if they’ve never listened to j-music. The arrangements reminded me of some of the bands I’ve
listened to and grown to love over the years.
Overall, it’s a well-rounded album that fits all aspects of
the theme of “losing touch”.
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