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Moving right along with January releases we see ONE OK ROCK grace the front page of iTunes.
Ambitions is ONE OK ROCK’s 8th Japanese release, or their second American release, depending on which version you have. Their previous album 35xxxv was released in the same way. This review will be on the American version and I will write up a separate review for the JP exclusives (sometime in the near distant future)
I highly recommend going to their Japanese site, allowing Google to translate the page for you, and compare that to their English site. The translation differences are quite entertaining.
ONE OK ROCK formed in 2005 when Toru Yamashita asked his high school friends to start a band. ONE OK ROCK is comprised of Taka (vocals), Toru (guitars), Ryota (bass), and Tomoya (drums). They released their first album Zeitakubyo in 2007. Since then they’ve released Beam of Light (2008), Kanjo Effect (2008), Niche Syndrome (2010), Zankyo Reference (2011), JinseixBoku= (2013), 35xxxv (2015), and finally Ambitions (2017).
The only real stylistic difference this album has compared to their others is the lack of Japanese vocals on the international version. The track “Jaded” features Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, and “Take What You Want” features 5 Seconds of Summer. I’ve never been a fan of ATL (and I honestly can’t find Alex in that song), or 5SOS (but the vocals all mesh well, it’s a great addition to the song). That sentence was never a complete thought…
Ambitions is an anthem from beginning to end. The songs are catchy, bouncy, and engaging. I imagine this album is what their concerts are like, lots of people jumping and having a good time, not minding that you spilled your beverage on them. Anybody want to take me to Japan in May to see them? No? Shoot.
Favourite songs include “Bombs Away”, “Taking Off”, “American Girls”,0 “Start Again”, and “Take What You Want”
I’d give this album a 3.5 out of 5 for now (I’ll combine the scores when I listen to the Japanese version). While it is a great album, it doesn’t get me in the same way that JinsexBoku= did.
This post will be updated (and probably combined) when I get around to the the other version but for now
this has been According to Hatchet.
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