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ACTION Album Review (12-05-07) by Jd-

Posted on April 6, 2008

There are consummate expectations for any major release anymore—music or otherwise. This is multiplied significantly for historical bands with a reputation for unmatched quality. Anything less than momentous can unduly impair the aforementioned expectations and damage the band’s credibility forever. Luckily, the sixteenth studio album release from Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba optimistically meets and exceeds all expectations.

ACTION is a charming package overall and has a sentimental value to it with it being the album to precede the overwhelming ”B’z 20” campaign. The almost indefinable quality of the album seems to be that each of the songs are so well constructed that each and every one simply demands your attention. No matter what playlist you add the songs from this album to, you’ll be drawn to them immediately.

It seems only fitting that ACTION would be released just before the 20th anniversary campaign, given that each track is reminiscent of the olden days of classic, rhythmic rock—a tone you’ll very rarely find in modern music. It should come as no surprise to see the catalyzing effect each quality track has on the record. Any listener even remotely familiar with B’z will immediately find themselves right at home.