ROLLING by OTOGIVANASHI

ROLLING album cover

ROLLING

22.06.22 / felicity / P-VINE

Listen Where You Want

Full Review

Rolling is from OTOGIVANASHI’s newest album US. I don’t know much about this band except that they love using capital letters and simple words. Let’s find out a bit more about them before listening to the song.

The Artist

A band that started in 2000 but really rose to prominence with the release of their first album in 2007. I’ve not heard the name before in my decade in Japan, so I’m not sure just how well known they still are today, but judging by the numbers I see on socials they’re still very active and have quite the following. I’m excited to see how the 22 years of experience has treated the band, so let’s get to the music.

The Song

That was surprisingly messy given the amount of time the band’s been around. I’m getting the feeling that this might be a better song when listened to in the context of the album. As a solo track it’s pretty boring. They’re emulating a bygone era of rock that I personally don’t like, but objectively they do a pretty poor job of making it interesting. All the parts are there but it sounds almost like they don’t really have any special love of the style. For an example of a good era-driven piece check out the track from Who Do You Love? I reviewed last month. The comparison is should be like light and day.

I could go on into detail about the parts of the song that work, but I don’t think it’s worth the time. I’ll check out some other stuff by the band another day because it seems like with 20+ years of playing they can do better than this.

The Verdict
Overall
1.6
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Song Meaning
  • Production
  • Presentation

Verdict

Rolling is a strangely mediocre attempt at a bygone era that comes up short. Not worth your time.

Reviewed: 22.06.30 / Reviewer: EB