MUCC - The End Of The World


Run time: 44 minutes, 54 seconds
Number of tracks: 11

Written By: Rachel Yarwood
Release Date: 11th July 2014

ENDER ENDER - Album Edit-
Ms. Fear
Tell me
999 -21 st Century World-
369 (Mi-ro-ku)
World's End -In its true light-
Who I Want to Die

Including hit singles "HALO" and "World's End", MUCC's newest album continues to impress with their musical flair of feel good rock, jazzy melodies and vocals. 

"THE END OF THE WORLD" definitely kicks things off with a jazz-like tone,  piano notes and a pounding drum beat from Satochi to set this moody atmosphere. However the song becomes less backstreet jazz-house and more soft rock as Tatsurou begins the verse. It's a slight disappointment until the chorus takes over, more so for the instrumental, when Yukke's bass is more pronounced and Miya's guitar lead reimburses the funk back into what we thought we'd lost at the start of the track.

"ENDER ENDER" on the other hand is a perfect follow on to dispel any negative feelings for the opening of the album. This song integrates a number of elements from heavy rock, dance and a few moments of electro that will undoubtedly cause a furore amongst live audiences. 

The album follows a similar style until we get to "Tell me" which, as you continue listening to the next few tracks, sounds a little out of place. "Tell me" changes the whole mood of the album, as good as the song is with its charming vocals and another exceptional guitar solo, the harmonic and slight ballad nature of this song is quite odd in-between the heavier tracks "HALO" and "999 - 21st Century World". 
This happens again as we get to "JAPANESE" and perhaps what MUCC have chosen to do is to give us little breather breaks between the more vigorous tracks. Whatever the reasoning, "JAPANESE" is rather breathtaking itself, truly highlighting how astonishing the combination of classical and rock can sound. The score and the vocals are beautiful and deservedly call for your undivided attention.

"Who I Want to Die" gives example again of just how brilliantly classical and rock instruments can be united in perfect harmony. This track splendidly brings the album to its final climax and finishes things with a charming, but strangely emotional, close especially with the passion and power behind Tatsurou's vocals. 

MUCC have delivered an admirable album this year. "THE END OF THE WORLD" arguably has it's best and not-so best features which can be deliberated by each person's personal preferences. What cannot be denied is that this album is a step up from the last and promises some great things from MUCC for the rest of this year and the next to come.