Of course I refer to ABC’s. By which I mean Acid Black Cherry’s debut full length Blacklist. What I mean to say is this: Blacklist is a very easy album to like. But not so easy to love.
So, considering that I’ve never been much of a Janne Da Arc fan in so far as I limit my enjoyment of their unashamedly commercial take on jrock to one or two songs at a time, I’m not sure what about a yasu solo effort appealed to me. I fell in love with the silly fun clip for “Spell Magic” (included in this A package with the three other single PV clips,) in which yasu and friends dress up like Akiba-kei otaku types (or perhaps a pre-record deal The Back Horn?) Of the twelve songs on Blacklist only the singles are absolute must haves and amongst those only the smoky jazz club sounds of “Black Cherry” (helped by my cute friends Pistol Valve!) and “Spell Magic” demand to be played very, very loudly. The rest is pretty much by the numbers hard rock with all of yasu’s usual over the top dramatics and one too many sparkly piano high-diddle-dees. Still, the album never becomes a ballad-fest and stuff like “Murder License” and “Eden” keep things rocking solidly. Forays into funk on “Bit Stupid” come off … a bit stupid. Can’t say he didnt’ try to warn us. It’s hanky-panky = The horndog theme song to late night adults only anime. You get the picture.
Though the title of the album implies danger, the only real danger seems to be what yasu means by “give me your black cherry” and what he intends to do with it once he gets it.