マクロスMACROSS 82-99 – A Million Miles Away
マクロスMACROSS 82-99’s biggest fault is in assigning the authorship of A Million Miles Away to themselves rather than calling it what it is: a compilation album of equalized funk samples. That’s all it is. That’s all it really is. Sure, the songs are sonically fantastic and hugely danceable, but that’s not because マクロスMACROSS 82-99 are good producers. It’s because those who wrote the songs in the first place – e.g. Geraldine Hunt’s 1980 hit “Can’t Fake the Feeling,” as featured on “The Feeling.”
There’s so little editing and screw with the source material. There are occasionally additional drums added, but it’s not enough to warrant the promotion of A Million Miles Away as something original. マクロスMACROSS 82-99’s complete failure to cite their samples within liner notes, web site, etc. is despicable; one shouldn’t have to search to find sources when the album is literally built off of them. It’s amazingly, immensely frustrating – and a problem that would be entirely avoided if マクロスMACROSS 82-99 had simply cited their goddamn sources.1
There are a couple exceptions. “『82.99 F.M』” has a few different sample thrown into the mix with enough differences and eclecticism for it to not only sound good, but also just be fun. “アスカBad Girl” is a pretty song with a bit of screw toward the bridge, but still falls into the trap of being way too reliant on its samples. If you choose to listen to A Million Miles Away, do it because the original songs are damn good. Don’t do it because you think it’s a マクロスMACROSS 82-99 album, because it’s not.
1. Now and Forever – (2:15)
2. Horsey (feat. Sarah Bonito) – (2:31)
3. This Feeling (feat. Soul Bell) – (3:57)
4. Lovers (feat. Baet Poems) – (2:49)
5. Night in Tokyo Pt. II – (2:54)
6. Grandlife, Highlife (feat. Rollergirl) – (3:09)
7. 『82.99 F.M』 – (2:30)
8. Fugaz (feat. mothica) – (2:09)
9. アスカBad Girl (feat. Lancaster_) – (2:54)2
10. Thank You – (2:45)
1What is this, freshman English composition?
2Japanese translation: “Asuka (Bad Girl)”