Album Review: Shonen Knife - 'Free Time'

As youthful, enchanting and boisterous as ever before

Album Review: Shonen Knife - 'Free Time'

7 / 10 Osaka, Japan’s beloved [a]Shonen Knife[/a] have now been churning out mini pop-punk masterpieces for bang on 30 years – not that you’d be able to guess from the youthful pep of [b]‘Free Time’[/b]. As ever, the all-female pop-punk trio finds its inspiration in the seemingly mundane.

Whether celebrating gastronomy of the sugary sweet kind on [b]‘Rock’N’Roll Cake’[/b], immortalising their school hangout on [b]‘An Old Stationary Shop’[/b] (“It opens every day except Sunday!/You can buy anything you need at school”)
or squaring up to villainous sea creatures on [b]‘Monster Jellyfish’[/b], the heroic ladies sound just as fresh and enchantingly boisterous as they ever have.

Tom Edwards

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