Quartet SEKAI NO OWARI goes big on its second album, Entertainment. Bolstered by the warm response to 2010’s Earth, the Tokyo band became more daring on its 2012 full-length. Here, the band took the sonic blur of dramatic BUMP OF CHICKEN-indebted J-rock and Auto-Tune from its debut to new heights. At nearly twice the length of its first LP, Entertainment has plenty of room for other sounds, including orchestral balladry, campfire acoustic pop, and more. The band was eager to take its mix of rock melodies with vocalist Fukase’s Auto-Tune singing in new directions on Entertainment. “Starlight Parade” is a surreal bit of dance pop, with the singer’s voice shifting from natural to digital. His vocals turn menacing on “Love The Warz” and revelatory on the album closer, “Fukaimori.” Despite being SEKAI NO OWARI’s sonic calling card, the quartet made sure to refrain from overusing Auto-Tune. When Fukase busts it out, it feels purposeful; in other tracks, ballads like “Never Ending World” and the stripped-down acoustic number “Tonight,” he spotlights his natural voice. Entertainment finds the group experimenting with new sonic approaches. Guitarist Nakajin’s playing remains sturdy and speedy, but here he borrows from a mix of genres. Horn stabs join his liveliest guitar lines on the near-ska of “Fight Music,” and he has fun with solos on songs such as the jazzy “Fushichou.” DJ LOVE’s percussive touches, both acoustic and digital, are prominent. Pianist Saori’s melodies come to the forefront more, bringing a new delicacy to the band’s sound. When SEKAI NO OWARI blends all its individual strengths on the dizzying, all-together-now rockers “Fantasy” and “illusion,” it reveals a sound solely its own. The band would further coalesce moving forward, but Entertainment marks the moment it starts dreaming bigger.

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