Review: Southern All Stars' Killer Street - A Double Album of Rock and Pop
Southern All Stars, one of the most popular and influential bands in Japan, released their 15th studio album Killer Street in 2005. The album is a double CD that showcases the band's diverse musical styles and influences, ranging from blues rock, doo wop, pop rock, rhythm and blues, ballad, to J-rock. The album also features guest appearances by various musicians and singers, such as saxophonist Takuo Yamamoto, guitarist Makoto Saito, and vocalist Shima Ken.
The first disc of Killer Street contains 15 tracks that are mostly upbeat and energetic, with catchy melodies and witty lyrics. The opening track \"Karappo no Blues\" (Empty Blues) is a bluesy rock song that expresses the frustration of being bored and lonely. The second track \"Seychelles - Umi no Seija\" (Seychelles - Saint of the Sea) is a tropical pop song that depicts a romantic getaway to the exotic island. The third track \"Aja\" (Color) is a funky soul song that celebrates diversity and harmony. The fourth track \"Jump\" is a rock and roll anthem that encourages people to overcome their fears and challenges. The fifth track \"Yume to Mahou no Kuni\" (Dream and Magic Land) is a whimsical pop song that pays homage to Disney movies and theme parks.
The first disc also includes some of the band's signature songs, such as \"Rock'n Roll Superman\", \"Bohbo No.5\", \"Koroshi no Kissu - Kiss Me Good-Bye\" (Killing Kiss), and \"Kiraa Sutoriito\" (Killer Street). These songs showcase the band's ability to blend different genres and create catchy hooks and choruses. The first disc ends with \"Kagiri Naki Towa no Ai\" (Limitless Eternal Love), a beautiful ballad that expresses the band's gratitude to their fans and their hope for peace and happiness.
The second disc of Killer Street contains 15 tracks that are mostly mellow and sentimental, with emotional vocals and orchestral arrangements. The opening track \"Gomenyo Boku ga Baka Datta\" (Sorry I Was Stupid) is a heartfelt apology song that reflects on a failed relationship. The second track \"Hachi-gatsu Serenade\" (August Serenade) is a nostalgic pop song that reminisces about a summer love. The third track \"Doll\" is a haunting rock song that tells the story of a lonely man who falls in love with a doll. The fourth track \"Betsuri\" (Separation) is a dramatic ballad that depicts the pain of breaking up.
The second disc also includes some of the band's classic songs, such as \"Ai to Yokubou no Hibi\" (Days of Love and Desire), \"Mr. Black Jack - Hadaka no Ousama\" (Mr. Black Jack - Naked King), \"Kimi Koso Star Da\" (You Are the Star), and \"Ribbon no Kishi\" (Princess Knight). These songs demonstrate the band's versatility and creativity in composing memorable melodies and lyrics. The second disc ends with \"Hikishio - Ebb Tide\", a cover of the famous song by Robert Maxwell and Carl Sigman, sung by Yuko Hara, the only female member of the band.
Killer Street is a masterpiece that showcases Southern All Stars' musical talent and charisma. The album is a perfect balance of rock and pop, of humor and emotion, of old and new. It is a must-have for any fan of Japanese music or anyone who enjoys good music in general. aa16f39245