Fujiya & Miyagi
Unfortunately, it's the music between those two tracks that falters: Fujiya & Miyagi desperately want to be a Krautrock band, but they haven't figured out how to make music that's consistently compelling. Much of "Lightbulbs" feels like a lounge version of Neu!, and Best's breathy singing certainly doesn't help (his protracted moan on the love ballad "Goosebumps" is particularly egregious). One wishes for more moments like Best's whispered scat "Pah! Pah! Pah! Pah! Rakataka UNH!" on the otherwise drab "Pussyfooting." That vocal percussion is the highlight of "Lightbulbs"; he uses the same syllables to kick off "Uh," but even recycled, those percussive sounds are what give these songs much of their structure and momentum.
-- Catherine P. Lewis