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Word (Sakanaction song)

from the album Night Fishing
Genrepop , dance , electronica , post-rock
LabelVictor Entertainment
Length4 : 32
Producer(s)Sakanaction
Recorded2007
ReleasedDecember 5, 2007 ( 2007-12-05 )
Songwriter(s)Ichiro Yamaguchi

Stylise as Sakanaction, are a Japanese rock band from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Their music is a fusion of alternative rock, electronic, pop, and new wave styles, and is thus difficult to classify under one category. The band consists of five members: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Motoharu Iwadera, Ami Kusakari, Emi Okazaki, and Keiichi Ejima. The name Sakanaction is portmanteau of sakana and action. In the band's own words, their name reflects wish to act quickly and lightly, like fish in water, without fearing changes in the music scene. They are enjoying increasing popularity, having hit mainstream success with their records consistently achieving positions within the Top 10 on Japan's Oricon charts. Sakanaction is the sixth studio album by Japanese band Sakanaction, released on March 13 2013. Primarily created in recording sessions that began in September 2012 and lasted approximately four months, album was recorded at the home of the band's vocalist and songwriter, Ichiro Yamaguchi. In order to reach an audience, bands challenge themselves by creating music for commercial tie-ups and television dramas. Prior to the album, band released three singles: two acting as theme songs for Japanese television dramas and another used in a commercial campaign for design school Mode Gakuen. Theming album is around the concept of Mobius strip, band separate their music into two different types: external-facing songs meant for wide audience, and internal-facing, created as a reflection of their personal musical tastes. The theme represents the band's efforts in attempting to bridge the gap between these two song types. Yamaguchi classified each song on the album as either external or internal, except for the album's preceding single music, which he saw as both. The album features a strong dance sound, influenced by the band members' current musical tastes. Electronic musician Aoki Takamasa, who had previously created remixes for the band, collaborated with Sakanaction on primarily instrumental songs structure and Inori. The album was primarily promoted during its release by two songs: aoi, external song commission for NHK's 2013 soccer broadcasts that was promoted on radio and released exclusively on iTunes two weeks before the album, and Inori, internal song that was promoted with a music video and was released as Inori EP, vinyl exclusive release on June 26 2013. From March to June 2013, band promote album with the Sakanaquarium 2013 tour, including their first solely bill concert in Taiwan. The album was their first release to debut at number one on the Japanese Oricon albums chart, and was also certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan during its first month. As of 2016, album is the band's most commercially successful release. Critics were positive about the album, praising Sakanaction's stronger dance sound, but were either disappointed that there was not greater change, or were alienated by internal songs.

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Background and development

Sales

ChartAmount
Oricon physical sales7,000

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Writing and production

Sales

ChartAmount
Oricon physical sales7,000

Being able to grab your audience with thought-provoking, colorful lyrics is a difficult job, as it requires very different skills than your normal songwriting. You need to be able to put emotions into words, make sure theyre not totally cliche and then make them fit your melody. Tough job. One of the best ways to win audience over is by using the right words, what I call Power Words. Well-place Power Word can be difference of audience with tears in their eyes and audience thats ROLLING their eyes, SO getting this simple skill right has a lot of impact on your writing. Great Power Word always has an emotional effect on your audience. Consider the difference between Word fish and shark. A shark has a lot more impact, because you imagine wild killing machines instead of your granny gold fish. We immediately react emotionally. That is what you want with your lyrics-strong emotional reaction. A lot of artists these days take drastic measures to evoke emotion, as with their use of the n-and f-Word. They know that shock reaction is extremely effective. These words are SO polarizing that it is hard not to feel anything when you hear them. This is Biggie. A lot of people mess this one up because they blur what theyre trying to say through bad usage of metaphors. I cant even count how many times Ive talked to songwriters who were extremely fond of using metaphors. And why NOT? It is SO deep. Yes, it can be. But there is a BIG difference between our love fading away and I still making coffee for two. The first sounds generic and doesnt evoke strong emotional reaction. While To fade is a beautiful word, it is not specific enough to remind listeners of what a break-up is really like. I still make coffee for two, however, is specific and instantly relatable. By showing how hard it is to get used to not having your ex around anymore It is specific. And that is where magic is. Let take a look at shark again: It is not just more emotional than animal, it is also more specific. Similarly, wreck is stronger than break, bad blood is stronger than anger and grenade is stronger than weapon. So here my tip: Whenever youre describing a situation, go past those blurry metaphors and find specific objects or emotions in the scene you could describe. The more precise, easier it is to envision and the better reaction you will get! For a list of 201 Power Words, check this out. There are certain moments in your song that are more memorable than others. I call these Power positions, because they give a lot of power to whatever word or line is there. When I Write Lyrics, I tend to fill in power positions first and go from there. I know that if I get these few lines right, I will have 80 % of my lyrics do.

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Promotion and release

Sales and certifications

ChartAmount
Oricon physical sales176,000
RIAJ physical certificationGold (100,000+)

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Critical reception

Sales

ChartAmount
Oricon physical sales7,000

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Personnel

Table

Charts (2009)Peak position
Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay43
Japan Billboard Japan Hot 10060

Critics at CDJournal call the song a rhythmic dance tune, praising the juxtaposition in the song between its danceable rhythm and lyrics which express the painful feeling of not being able to get away from your thoughts. They were impressed with how the song transition from nostalgic piano drifting in nihilism to synthesizer sound, as well as sad violin that expressed the painfulness of autumn. Kuniko Yamada of Bounce similarly praised the song's beautiful fusion of acoustic and synth sounds. Entertainment Media Kulture described Native Dancer as one of the band's early signature songs, feeling that the song's wordplay was fun, and that the lyrics had high aesthetic sense. Reviewing Rei Harakami remix, CDJournal felt that this version had a floating, light sound that made you feel at ease, and that there was something nostalgic about the remix that matched the song's lyrics in transience well. Kenji Sasaki of Skream! Described remix as beauty and strangeness twist and fight each other, while being wrap up in Yamaguchi's lyrics.

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RegionDateFormatDistributing LabelCatalog codes
JapanJanuary 7, 2009 ( 2009-01-07 )ringtone, digital downloadVictor EntertainmentVEAML-22827
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Release history

Release history

RegionDateFormatDistributing LabelCatalog codes
JapanDecember 5, 2007 ( 2007-12-05 )digital downloadVictor EntertainmentVEAML-21941

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Table

RegionDateFormatDistributing LabelCatalog codes
JapanSeptember 30, 2015 ( 2015-09-30 )CDNF RecordsVICY-910
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