In reply to Moh Tzu's video;
The mixture of popular music with traditional Asian instruments has always been something I thought I could get behind, so my hopes for this track from the outset were high. However, as the song rolls along, I cannot help but feel somewhat resentful toward the rock affectations, most acutely the keyboard. This is especially noticeable as the song quiets down after the minute-mark; the cheesy, almost eighties-ish quality of the synthesizer makes this restful period fall flat, turning the whole section more tiresome than contemplative. However, I have to give the song credit; when it recovers from this, it does so with gusto, segueing into a very engaging shamisen duel. Even the reintroduction of the guitars and synth is done gracefully, with the minor exception of that little lick at 2:17, which makes me want to punch the guitarist just a little bit. The main riff of the song was never a very compelling one for me, so it's return isn't one I initially welcome, but the shamisen in the background keep things interesting, and the song holds up well through its finish.
While this song still isn't something I'd be likely to listen to of my own accord, repeated listenings have made it grow on me somewhat. While the synth and inserted guitar licks can be distracting at times, the track holds up well in spite of them. I'd be unlikely to recommend it a friend, but if someone said they loved it, I could completely see where they were coming from.
Now for a bit of Abs, with some Format for good measure: