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No flash in the pan

September 16, 2008
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Fujiya & Miyagi

Lightbulbs (Deaf Dumb Blind)

ESSENTIAL "Uh"

Fujiya & Miyagi is a British funk band named, in part, after a "Karate Kid" character. Even to the knowing listener, though, the group's third album, "Lightbulbs," still evokes a couple of Japanese DJs making throwaway Anglo dance tracks in the basement. Building on a foundation of shameless proto-gangsta synths and witty but under-enunciated lyrics, Fujiya & Miyagi makes party music that is fresh but not (that) foolish. True to its name, "Lightbulbs" is full of inspired moments, from the hand-snaps on "Pickpocket" to the hilarious swagger on "Pussyfooting." On "Uh," a song about a couple bickering, singer David Best delights in whispering every "sock-it-to-me" aside and in delivering lyrics that don't initially fit the rhythm ("Uppercase and underlined/ We are as prickly as a couple of por-cu-pines"). Fun, yes, but it's the genuine vulnerability beneath these songs that makes "Lightbulbs" more than a flash in the pan. [Judy Coleman]

The gift is his

It stinks from

A to Z

Wild and worth the ride

No flash

in the pan

In touch with his feminine side

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