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Nakatomi Plaza

Nakatomi Plaza: UnsettledUnsettled (2007)
Red Leader Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Unsettled couldn't have been a more appropriate name for Nakatomi Plaza's "new" full-length. The poor band laid down the tracks in late 2004 and didn't get an "official" release -- the band self-released the record in 2005, presumably selling burned copies for those seeking it -- for it until Red Le.
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Unsettled couldn't have been a more appropriate name for Nakatomi Plaza's "new" full-length. The poor band laid down the tracks in late 2004 and didn't get an "official" release -- the band self-released the record in 2005, presumably selling burned copies for those seeking it -- for it until Red Leader Records agreed to put it out there this past March. That's a pity, as Unsettled, is a creative, sprawling affair matching post-hardcore's angular tendencies with indie rock's rough flow and melody.

"Get Me My Meds" is a brief and bouncy, hyper sing/scream affair that brings to mind the At the Drive-In / Blood Brothers hybrids found on (good friends) Bullet Train to Vegas' We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are (granted this was probably recorded before it, but still). In fact, when the guitar tone seems to give off this eerie, semi-squealing echo and it's topped by Joel Remland's hushed vocals, it definitely recalls the same from Relationship of Command. Bizarre keyboards and Al Fair's pleading voice make "Not Hopeless" a sure standout. The two vocalists trade off well in "Red Room," which rolls through with crunchy guitars and sweet, mood-altering melodies. The somber, emotional resonance of "(Don't) Close Your Eyes" lightly reflects On the Might of Princes' softer moments, especially the sung line "dropped the ball to the ground."

J. Robbins complements Unsettled with a smooth and yet occasionally jagged recording that works perfect for Nakatomi Plaza. If you're a fan of original, introspective tunes with a unique sense of song structure, it's a good chance you'll get something out of Unsettled.

Not Hopeless
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Anonymous (May 7, 2007)

Score is for the Die Hard arcade game.

onegirlarmy (May 6, 2007)

I really like this record a lot, and I was never a big Nakatomi fan prior to this.

SloaneDaley (May 6, 2007)

upon first listen I agree with Brian's score, I think I actually like the songs on Private Property a bit more. I'd prefer it if there was less screaming though I think, Oscar isn't that great a screamer.

Anonymous (May 5, 2007)

I was about to nominate this as worst band name ever until Die Hard was mentioned.

Anonymous (May 5, 2007)

vinyl available from Brightskull Records.

www.mypsace.com/brightskull

SloaneDaley (May 4, 2007)

I mail ordered this I hope it gets here soon. Score is for Bruce Willis.

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

hell of a band live, this recording does no justice

Big_Guy (May 4, 2007)

I like this a lot

Greenvandal (May 4, 2007)

Wow. This is really uninspired and boring. The screaming in the second song made me laugh out loud. I hope this band hangs it up.

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

the link is down :( I want to hear this.

SumWon (May 4, 2007)

Nakatomi Plaza is the setting for Die Hard

brown (May 4, 2007)

This is such a good album

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