Soul Flower Union: Kiseki No Nagisa
This year there was a 6 CD retrospective Soul Flower Box set released on Sony as well as a solo album from SFU leader Takashi Nakagawa. Now comes Kiseki No Nagisa which the prolific band’s press release calls a ‘mini-album’ although it clocks in at almost 44 minutes.
This release is a bit of a cut and paste job and only the first two tracks are newly recorded original songs. The rest of the CD is made up of an 8 minute remix of an old Soul Flower song, a track from Nakagawa’s solo album, two traditional Japanese songs, a cover version and two instrumentals. Two of the tracks are live recordings. The title song is standard Soul Flower fare which sounds just a bit over-familiar. Although it’s always good to hear from one of Japan’s consistently fine roots-rock bands, it also has to be said that overall this CD is one of their least interesting.
Kiseki No Nagisa is released on 21st December on the band’s BM tunes label.