Fujiya & Miyagi
Ventriloquizzing - Yep Roc
FILTER Grade: 75%
By Laura Studarus on January 26, 2011
The British quartet masquerading as a Japanese duo is back with its fourth full-length, Ventriloquizzing, bringing along a signature slinky groove and wordplay that borders on the absurd. However, for a group that once transformed ice cream flavors into an all-out battle cry, the new and darker sound translates to sleepy, whispered vocals in a minor key. The earworms are largely interchangeable, forming an album that’s easy to enjoy but nearly impossible to remember; few tracks rise above the pleasant and forgettable fray. “Sixteen Shades of Black & Blue” is the most classically Fujiya & Miyagi, lumbering along with a lackadaisical beat, while the title track is sure to conjure visions of sinister magician puppets. The real winner is “Minestrone,” not only for its punch line (“He told me what the flavor was…minestrone”), but because the band finally gets off its ass and gives us exactly what we want—an all-inclusive dance party.