Monkey Majik – westview

Release date: February 2, 2011
Label: Avex Group (binyl records)


  1. Angel
  2. The Man You Were
  3. Sunshine
  4. 夢の世界 (Dream World)
  5. 魔法の言葉 (Magic Word)
  6. Runaway
  7. Disco Girl
  8. Wonderland
  9. Everything is going to be alright
  10. the party’s over
  11. One Day
  12. Safari
  13. If I knew
  14. HALO

Whenever anyone mentions Japanese pop music, people immediately imagine the typical easy to love cute tunes with Japan-glish about spring love, and almost sexless idols who “dance”.

Then there’s Monkey Majik, a group consisting of Canadian brothers Maynard and Blaise Plant, and Japanese members Tax and Dick. While the Plants sing, Tax and Dick play the instruments. They perform accessible pop tunes with catchy guitar riffs and strumming about love and fun… in funny Japanese and English.

Their latest album, westview — that might be the compliment to their second album eastview in 2005 — is their sixth album, which comes charged with acoustic catchy pop tunes in six full tracks in English, and the rest in funny Japanese or combining it with English.

Monkey Majik infuses its music with rock elements, but remains mostly pop, except when they do songs like Dream World — which was the theme for mobile drama The Party is Over — or HALO, which resemble pop rock ballads, or the track Disco Girl, which is the heaviest track on the record.

All in all, westview is on par with other Monkey Majik albums in terms of music, but doesn’t leave their comfort zone enough to stand out in their discography, which is full of great radio tunes for the season, but doesn’t hold together as an album telling us a story.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

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