Like my review for NUMBER GIRL’s SCHOOL GIRL DISTORTIONAL ADDICT, my original review for Shiina Ringo’s Muzai Moratorium didn’t have much depth, and I really didn’t know what I was talking about. And like the podcast for SCHOOL GIRL DISTORTIONAL ADDICT, this show is an attempt to flesh that review out. I’m so glad I never published the original version of this podcast — the script for this show was edited many, many times before I ended up with the show you hear here.
- In the teaser from last week’s show, I used the kana pronunciation of “moratorium”, but for the podcast itself, I decided to stick with the English pronunciation. It felt weird saying certain words in proper English and transliterated words with Japanese pronunciation. So in most cases, I went with English.
- The album itself is compressed within an inch of its life. There’s a big debate about how dynamic range is missing in recent albums, and Muzai Moratorium — Shiina Ringo’s entire discography, in fact — could serve as Exhibit A in that debate. Most of the albums benefited from the overall compression in the show. Not so this one.
- This show is the only one so far to use an audio excerpt from a different album.
- 正しい町 (Tadashii Machi)
- 宗教 (Shuukyou)
- ここでキスして。 (Koko de KISU Shite)
- 歌舞伎町の女王 (Kabuki-chou no Jyoou)
- 幸福論 (Koufukuron)
- 積木遊び (Tsumiki Asobi)
- モルフィン (Morphine)