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Hai!

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Say Yes!
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Around the World
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Seven Tears
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Godzilla!
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Imagoro
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Tourniquet
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Further Nearer
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City Island
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Tantara!
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 50:22

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OK...

starbearer

i wish she would have explored maybe trying to actually sing Japanese scales... to be honest... she's been singing a lot of the same phrases and doing the same harmonies and using the same vocal effects for way too long. Plus... the drums are sampled sounding and really need a bit more feel, and the recording is too bright sounding (from a mixing perspective)... not enough dark tones... I like the concept of this album, but it just doesn't go far enough.

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drums!

stingpin

The only other Creatures album I've heard is "Boomerang". This does sound somewhat similar to that, but the main difference is the Japanese-style "taiko" drumming ("taiko" means "drum" in Japanese, but often refers to the big Japanese drums and that style of drumming). The music isn't outright Japanese, but certainly shows that influence. I enjoy taiko and used to take lessons myself, so I dig this album!

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Fascinating

djantithetical

I've never heard anything quite like this before, and it doesn't disappoint. If you love heavy & creative drumming, and mixing of the traditional with the modern or even avant-garde, I highly recommend it. If you want something dark & trippy, check out Imagoró. Can't wait to play this for some of my friends!

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Say Yes! ... indeed

KabukiEyebrow

I'm unfamiliar with The Creatures' previous music, but I love this. Anyone who has ever listened even casually to taiko drumming will hear more than a little Japanese influence in the rhythms and vocalizations. Reminds me vaguely of Big Pig's "Bonk."

They Say All Music Guide

Given the title and the rather obvious cover art, it would appear that the husband and wife duo explores Japanese music on Hai. Well, if that’s true, it’s actually not very obvious from the music. In fact, if there was an attempt at anything here, it was more to strip down the electronic/industrial affectations of Anima Animus and go back to the more organic-sounding Boomerang. If that in fact was the intent here, they pulled it off in spades. Where Anima Animus sounded like an attempt to stay with current trends (something Siouxsie and company have never excelled at), this sounds like Siouxsie/Budgie at their natural best, doing what comes naturally to them. With its Japanese references and use of chants, it does gently touch on that country’s traditions, but its sound doesn’t deviate that much from the supposed Spanish qualities of Boomerang. While it’s certainly a return to form (one has to wonder how much the Banshees reunion fired them up), it’s not the magical step forward and amazing return that Boomerang was. While its general lack of dynamic moments is disheartening, its coolness and subtle twists and turns lay the foundation for possible greatness to come. Let’s hope. – Chris True

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