I know you should never pick a book by its cover, but how about CDs? In the past, this has proven to be quite a successful way for me to find new music. Well, today I was escaping the rain in Tower Records, when I realised I had some points I could spend. So I decided to browse the new releases.
I saw this CD cover:
I was totally drawn to it. It’s a wonderful picture – the perfect illustration of Japan today, with its wonderful clash of traditional and modern. Look closely at it – it’s full of surprises!
Anyway, I listened to the CD and decided to buy it, thus discovering The Telephones. This is NOT the American band, but a Japanese band with the same name, who rock a lot more. You can check them out on their official website, or on MySpace.
Japan is their first full album, and I really like it. It’s rocky, a little poppy, a bit punky in places, and very upbeat. The lyrics are fun and the CD is really nicely packaged, which I think is important (else I’d just download it from somewhere!). And, most importantly, because of the wonderful points system in Tower Records, it only cost me about £2.50! 😀