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Music Review, Lyrics and Translation: Red Fraction (Full Version), Only a Fraction as Good as the OP

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Frankly, I’m disappointed. This song was rated quite highly by many including myself and it fits Black Lagoon like a tailor-made glove. But after hearing the full version, its obvious flaws surface.

The completely rubbish Engrish lyrics that try way too hard to sound evil and cool. The show is guilty of similar-styled dialogue but at least they don’t go to this extent. Ok here are the lyrics. I just cannot take the song seriously at all now.

Red Fraction

by MELL (I’ve Sound)

I have a big gun
I took it from my Lord
Sick with Justice
I just wanna feel you

I’m your angel
Only a ring away
You make me violate you
No matter who you are

It’s all up to you
No one lives forever

Been burn in the hell
By all those pigs out there

It’s always been hell
From when I was born

They make me violate them
No matter who they are

Get down on your knees
Get a good head on your shoulders
If it’s for your guys
Go to the end of the earth
Do what you think
Give it with dedication
I’ll put out your misery

Have no prayer
So, I keep the gun with me

For my safety
I’ll do it with no sweat

They mean business
No time for sissy pig

Queen of ocean
Sing "the Volga" to you

No need to think about it
You do it or you die

THose aren’t tears
Don’t let it trick on you
I am hard as steel
Get out of my way

Pay back all at once
Suck away the tender part

You made a mess
For Christ sake, this rotten world
Shit out of luck
Go with my vision
Light up the fire
Right on the power
Weapon… I have it all

Get down on your knees
Get a good head on your shoulders
If it’s for your guys
Go to the end of the earth
Do what you think
Give it with dedication
I’ll put out your misery

You made a mess
For Christ sake, this rotten world
Shit out of luck
Go with my vision
Light up the fire
Right on the power
Weapon… I have it all

And yeah that’s it. The chorus is pretty nice though, you just have to filter out the lyrics and pretend they are singing in Japanese. It sure sounds like it anyway.

There’s a lot of vocal distortion, heavy drums etc. Red Fraction isn’t exactly the type of song I normally listen to, but it’s still passable. The amount of time the song goes without vocals and just keeping up a repetitive beat is also very high and that’s a bit boring. I have to say it again, the chorus and the line that goes "You make me violate you, no matter who you are" are the best parts of the song and when listening to the song, I feel like I’m just waiting for these.

This is the type of song that’s carried by the OP animation. BL’s great OP sequence brings RF to a higher level than what it really is at.

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52 Responses to “Music Review, Lyrics and Translation: Red Fraction (Full Version), Only a Fraction as Good as the OP”  

  1. 1 Tsubaki 410 comments

    Lol i agree with you. The OP fitted well with Black Lagoon because nobody could figure out the lyrics. Hahaha. After going thru the lyrics on the booklet, it’s seriously rubbish that’s pumped up. But that’s amazing right? Lol. Making nonsense sound cool.

  2. 2 tj_han 902 comments

    I really should write my own Red Fraction lyrics.

    Ok stay tuned for that in a later post.

  3. 3 tj_han 902 comments

    Ok sing this according to the Red Fraction tune.
    It’s for the first 1 minute 24 seconds of the song. I think it’s better than theirs because it has good grammar haha. Still lame.

    My site is Riuva
    I host it on Site5
    So much downtime
    But I send support tickets

    Blogging figures
    and some anime
    You come n’ read my news
    No matter who you are

    Go go Japorea
    Beat the Europeans
    The world cup is now here
    Go grab it with your hands

    My team’s always bad
    that is Singapore
    But I still support them
    No matter how they suck

    Research Institute
    of Unicultural Visual Arts
    Updated everyday
    Even if I have no time
    Tell me what you think
    by posting comments and
    I’ll be very happy

  4. 4 Alex 26 comments

    Yours is the best song written since the songs that Koyuki wrote for Beck.

  5. 5 Randall Fitzgerald 62 comments

    Man, the offical version was REAL TERRIBLE. >.>

    But the Red Fraction ~Riuva House Funky Pop Party Remix DELUXE~ saved the song for me. Someone needs to get in contact with MELL and get that remix put to disc quickfast.

  6. 6 Jeff Lawson 4 comments

    It sounds like the I’ve guys have been listening to KMFDM lately. The song’s not horrible… but it’s far from amazing. It would have been better had they put a little more thought into the production. Sadly, such is the case with most I’ve songs… they seem to think throwing more “crap” into an arrangement automatically makes things better.

    As for the lyrics… well, at least they can’t be heard all that well.

  7. 7 Tsubaki 410 comments

    You are really high on drugs aren’t you. Lol.

  8. 8 T_T||| 457 comments

    Hey it’s by I’ve Sound. When did they start to suck? Just fire the songwriter and they are ready to go.

  9. 9 Doitsumo Koitsumo 1 comment

    It was a good song.. I don’t get why u guys dun like it. FUCK YOU ALL LOOOOOOOOOOL.

  10. 10 Cornelius 1 comment

    I quite like it - the lyrics are confused and angry and don’t make much sense, but isn’t that appropriate? The spirit is right. A lot of the right ingredients are there. Things like “they make me violate them” fit perfectly with Revy’s rampage against the nazis. It’s got an angry teenager feel to it, too, mixed with maturity.

    I like it.

  11. 11 naru 2 comments

    I actualy like this song as well (I actually kinda liked it more when i didn’t like the lyrics but..) I think it fits well with the show especially with Revy.. If it didn’t have the show it totaly wouldn’t make sense.. so ^_^;; least it has the show.

  12. 12 katake 1 comment

    ignore the lyrics and it still sounds good. and it fits the shows op perfectly like you’ve said

    but yeah whoever actualy wrote the lyrics should pur a gun to their head. chorus aint bad tho, but some of that, no

  13. 13 RandomVisitDuDE 2 comments

    Hmmm i like this Track! ya the lyrics are not FanTastic.. but then again its not like English is their native language…. Id like to see you guys write something in Japaneses… Generally the instrumentals are kool, the song is a little repetitive.. kinda like the lame comments it gets! but all round its better than most of the crap thats been on the radio/cable.

  14. 14 tAeKwOnGoOn aka AniG- 1 comment

    i always had no idea wtf they were saying Lol
    i knew it was somewhat nonsensical english, but after reading the actual lyrics its like a WTF slap to d face LoL
    interesting enough how nonsense lyrics can make a song sound cool. i seriously thought they were speaking jap the first time i heard it.

    germans do it too tho, ever heard tiesto’s love comes again? nice song, AY’s remix is better, but WTF wif the vocal Lol. if u think about it, most dance/trance/electronic songs who arent produced by people who actually speak english as a first language tend to have really bad nonsensical english lyrics in them, but they still end up sounding cool and stuck in your head. how’s that for irony.

  15. 15 RandomVisitDuDE 2 comments

    Aye! thats the spirit ^^ As long as it sounds kool, who cares what the lyrics are ;-)

  16. 16 Sherman, the Ramni 2 comments

    It’s a weird song… it fits really well with the anime, and if you think on Levi when listening, it will make sense; it matches her madness and anger to perfection.
    IMHO, it lacked some power… less distortion and more strength (aka more bass, drums and a good guitar) should do the trick.

  17. 17 sekiryu 1 comment

    Lyrics are overrated and too many people spend too much time “analyzing” them. “This song sucks because it has bad lyrics”…well what the hell are good lyrics? They never make any sense, and it’s just a waste of time to figure out what they mean. Good music is good not because of the lyrics, but because of how aestheticaly pleasing it is to the ear–I myself have put this song on repeat and can’t stop listening to it.

  18. 18 Kent 1 comment

    I like this song to wake up to, to drive to, and to program to…pulse-pounding beats, energetic enough to wake me up in the morning. Yeah, the lyrics are pretty funny, but it’s Engrish anyways (I’m a bit surprised that it’s ALL Engrish; I was expecting for some of it to be in Japanese), so I tune it out. The Instrumental Version is pretty good in this respect–kinda like Hard Trance. I agree that the lyrics are weak without the imagery of the show playing in my head, though.

  19. 19 Jimbo 1 comment

    I’ve watched Black Lagoon and I really liked the opening song, its really suited for such a fast paced action anime.

    Im looking for the full version. Could u re-upload the full song as ure download link isn’t working. Thx ^^

  20. 20 tj_han 902 comments

    Jimbo: I removed the mp3 because way too many people were hotlinking it for their silly blogs. Try gendou.com .

  21. 21 Haesslich 17 comments

    Just remember that it’s Engrish and enjoy the rhythm. I’d suggest that for the song anyways - not that a lot of Western music’s much better in that respect anymore. I swear, some days I turn the radio on and half the songs have lyrics that sound like they were written by a commercial jingle writer who got brain damage.

  22. 22 Leo of BORG 1 comment

    [hiniku ON
    See?? This is why you should never get Japanese people angry. They spit at you in Engrish!
    [hinuku OFF]

    Now you know how MOST of you students of Japanese sound on the other side when you say ‘baka’ or ‘loli’ or ‘otaku’ too much.

    You have been warned.

  23. 23 mariachi 2 comments

    the song goes well with revy, who in my opinion the show revolves around a lot. if you look at the lyrics they match her almost completely and if youve seen the episodes too :P

  24. 24 mariachi 2 comments

    forgot one more thing! the intro vid also concentrates on revy a lot more too. shes probably the actual main character in the show as well. not rock

  25. 25 Wintersun 1 comment

    Ok i just got into black lagoon, and i’m really a metalhead, but this song stuck to me like peanutbutter on the floor, but i didnt get the lyrics, so i thought i’d search for them, found htis, and read what the review said, with the disappointment and whatnot.. I read the two first lines of the lyrics and stopped instantly. this song is incredibly good in my ears, and i dont want to ruin that with the lyrics..
    Although i will eventually hear them.. i’m a guitarplayer/vocalist in a Melodic Death Metal band myself.. and lyrics that can be hard to pick at first is common in my “profession”, so how can this be harder than growling lyrics? i dont know, but from what i read, i’ll get disappointed..

    On an other note, i really like the style of singing, even thought its obviously heavily processed digitally, which i useually hate, but it fitted with the song.

    And to Mariachi; Aye indeed it goes well with her. Although i have songs that in my opinion would fit better, i wont state them for my own reasons.

  26. 26 Rail2k4 1 comment

    eh you don’t like the lyrics lol…. I actually think the lyrics fit everything perfectly. I think the engrish is the best part. I’ve listened to enough english music on the radio and such and that gets tiring might as well listen to engrish heh. Theres tons of american music that does’n't use correct grammar and such so it’s all good.

    The lyrics seem to mostly go together so I have no clue what any of you are talking about how the lyrics ruined the song somewhat for you? Is saying christ sake and such offending you because your religious lol?

    Well it’s just my opinion and you have yours so lets all just stick to em.

  27. 27 Dude 1 comment

    What’s the meaning of this song? I don’t get it.

  28. 28 fx0 1 comment

    The meaning doesnt matter. What matters is this song rocks! It fits perfectly with the angry backtone in the series. Ever since i heard it, i cant stop listening to it… At school, in the car, at the pc, even when i sleep ^^ Its true that the lyrics are somewhat weird or incoherent, but it fits the theme very well imo.

  29. 29 Passerby 1 comment

    A song can simply be musical notes unaided by words. Likewise, Lyrics do not have to be in a coherent order if it manages to mean something to its audience. In this case it adds to the music. Many of the people who had listened to it loved it more before they knew what the lyrics actually were. Why should that change how you view a song? It’s like observing a beautiful piece of art from a distance.

    You admire it for what it is at first. But upon closer inspection you find that the fine piece of art was painted on a drab torn pice of canvas. Had you not scrutinized over the small imperfections so much you could enjoy the larger picture as you had before. Its when we look to close at something do we lose perspective and in that we lose sight of what we had treasured. Theres truth in what the maid said for those of you who have watched the anime. “There are some things better off not knowing” or something to that fashion.

    In that respect, we lose some of the pleasure we had initially in admiring what we thought was great. Because of our desire to focus on the flaws, and our own will to pursue a greater understanding, it is that which takes the awe away from something we enjoy. Some Ancient buildings that still stand today that defy all logic astound us because there are no records on how primitive civilizations undertook such a project. Most of the time, everything is left to conjecture and guess work. Yet when we learn how things work it takes mystery and wonder out of something and makes it that much more mundane.

    To me, the song is great. It does fit black lagoon’s opening perfectly and describes Revy as if her soul was in the song itself. There is different music for everyone. If you dont like this song, keep seeking for something that suits your tastes. “If the shoe fits, wear it.” To each is own. Two thumbs up for this song.

  30. 30 Densetsu Mahou - Legendary Magic 3 comments

    Well, i like the song a lot though after reading the lyrics, there’s a bit of disappointment left in me. FYI, i watched the anime coz my bro introduced me to the song 1st and i was very much curious to check out on the anime. Good music, lousy lyrics but overall still very addictive for me since as u’ve all noticed, the singing is very distorted (which of course fits the song very well) ^^v yay.

    Dying to hear more of similar songs hehehh ^_ !v

  31. 31 Dojer 1 comment

    Kudos to Passerby, that is a very well written reply. I personally really liked the song but then as i read the lyrics i felt like Densetsu. I do not prefer to listen to music to which i do not agree with the lyrics. And so for me i will always think of the flaws in the canvas. Acutally it is better described as, i have a moral issue with them. ie: I admired the painting from afar but as i approached it turned out to be about a horrible murder( which is pretty true for this case). Instead of now putting the painting in my home, ( as i would have with the song and my computer) i will merely continue to admire it at a distance ( and listen to it when i watch BL).
    But to each their own, BTW does anyone like the lyrics? ( no judging if you do, i merely do not prefer it and want to know if some ppl do).

  32. 32 ~The Hammer~ 1 comment

    All english lyrics rate right up there with the full version of naruto “Wind” by Akeboshi. Nonsensical, but still good songs.

  33. 33 Destiny-sg 1 comment

    Nice song,rubbish lyrics.but overall nice

  34. 34 a blonde 1 comment

    i dont get it

  35. 35 Somedude 1 comment

    I really like the song, but after seeing what the lyrics are i just laughed. Even though the lyrics aren’t great I still like the song.

  36. 36 OokiiTousan369 2 comments

    I still like the the song. I had figure out most of the lyrics anyway (within reason). I came damn close. But now, as you said, I can’ take it seriously anymore. It wasn’t the song itself, just one line: “Weapon. . . I have it all. What the hell?!!!!!!!! I thought it was “Wait for I have it all”. Sure, It make no sense. But, I thought see was referring to waiting for the power (in the previous line).

  37. 37 OokiiTousan369 2 comments

    Of course! I still love the song. It makes sense in the aspect of the mind of Revy. But now just can’t wrap my mind around the lyrics I had envisioned. I had thought that the last line of the chorus was “Wait for I have it all” referring to the power that was mentioned in the previous line. Sure, I was not grammatically correct, but I had concluded that much of it was not. I deciphered most of the lyrics (within reason). Now, “Weapon. . . I have it all” just doesn’t sound right. I can’t bring myself to utter those words while singing along. But now, surprisingly, I like the song more because now I know all the lyrics. I already knew that the song didn’t make too much sense grammatically.

    WHAT?!!! Did you guys actually think that a song written for a anime written entirely in English and sung by a Japanese woman would make perfect sense?!

  38. 38 SHAMA_N 2 comments

    The song is so great… Once i saw Black Lagoon OP (that`s when i first heard it) i couldn`t turn it off… If played it from the begining again and again untill I got the song…

  39. 39 ITDG 1 comment

    I love the song, and (same), I like the part where “You make me violate you, no matter who you are”. That was the best part, showing how aggresive the song is.

    I liked it, so what?

  40. 40 SHAMA_N 2 comments

    Ah! I forgot to say that my opinion is that this song is dedicated for Black Lagoon`s character Revy (or Levi in the wrong translation). Cause she was tortured all her life and all that stuff about her really reflects song`s words.

  41. 41 Optional 1 comment

    Um, for the original poster… wow. Just wow. Obvious flaws tend to lead to inductions into the rock n roll hall of fame… read on for more on that.

    I personally love the song, am very glad it is in existence, and glad I can hear it whenever I want.

    For me, it suits the situation and what goes on in a loose sense perfectly for Black Lagoon. What I think a lot of people fail to realize is the difficulty of translation and of songwriting over and above the translation to another language. The song is written extremely well musically, and obviously that is the strength, not the “excellent english” lyrics, but if lyrics and pronunciation counted in pop music, Aerosmith and Steven Tyler would have gone hungry decades ago, along with James Brown and a ton of other legendary musicians… instead they found their way into the rock n roll hall of fame.

    The song has power, strength, excellent production, many many “hooks” throughout the song like the various synthetic sounds (i think an earlier poster mentioned KMFDM - that was awesome hehe), a good strong chorus that is very much a hook in itself as well to back it up. Very good engineering and production, top level if you ask me.

    In short, for the people ripping on this version… screw you hippies, this song is awesome. Oh and develop some reading and comprehension skills. Nunchuks and bow-hunting seem like good skills to have in life, but contrary to popular belief, they are not. Keep reading and one day you will understand why poetry is like hyacinths and biscuits.

    Just my 2 coppers, as everyone is entitled to an opinion :)

  42. 42 beck 1 comment

    I love the song, though the lyrics are a bit ‘different’ but with or without knowing the lyrics its still a great song!

  43. 43 alpha0201 1 comment

    The lyric has plenty of flaws but it made sense if you look it as a person’s thought rather than musically written poetry (Which it’s obviously not.) It’s kinda funny when most of you don’t understand the lyric & rather calling it rubbish, because this lyric is quite straight foward (If you’ve watch the anime). The whole idea of this song is about “Seeking Retribution” & “Insecure”. This directly refers to Revy (The female protagonist of Black Lagoon). I’m quite suprised they did the reference of “The Volga Boatmen’s Song” when the song metioned,
    “Queen of ocean Sing “the Volga” to you”.

  44. 44 Yume 1 comment

    Yeah… I’m going to pretend I never saw the lyrics….
    when my brother heard the song he said, “what the hell, is this in Japanese or English?” I find it hard to tell xD

  45. 45 Anon 1 comment

    As soon as I read the lyrics, the song has been completely ruined for me. I loved it in the BL intro, even if the official is a little slow and not well paced. It was incredibly surprising to see that GMS did the remix, which wasn’t too bad. If you play it really loud it sounds pretty good. :D
    Also, agreed-the ‘violate you’ line is sweet. The song totally stuck to me because Mell doesn’t sound like your generic jpop idol, she has a voice very unique to japan. Like everyone else said, perfect for BL.

  46. 46 The_Godless 1 comment

    This is Japinglish XD so STFU

  47. 47 Some points methinks 1 comment

    It’s quite interesting to notice, that although I’m not native englishspeaker, I could get the lyrics right, and to me they never sounded messy or anything. On the other hand, becouse I’m not native speaker that might have been whole reason why I can get it so easily, becouse a lot of people here speak with such an terrible accent. And becouse my own language is quite similar to japanese when it comes to pronunciation so might have helped a bit. Anyway this song fits BL perfectly, and I do like lyrics :P

  48. 48 Naruto81191 2 comments

    wow…. i love black lagoon and knew the opening song was in english and liked it. but now, after reading what the lyrics actually are… i dont think i can ever enjoy it quite the same…

  49. 49 Naruto81191 2 comments

    i read it again, and i all i got to say is like…… wow…… im gonna go pretend its in japanese so i can enjoy it again ^^

  50. 50 DAmn 1 comment

    You fucking ruined the song by giving me the lyrics hahaha

  51. 51 meh.. 1 comment

    do a quick run through of the first level on any game where you can mow down as many ‘bad guys’ as fast as you can with this song in the back ground.. it kicks ass. ……

  52. 52 zorackprime 1 comment

    Of course the lyrics sound meshed shes Japanese so its gonna sound weird but to me that just makes the song sound cool stop being an idiot and thinking everyone should pronounce English the same way not even Americans speak all English the same. What I am trying to say is take your head out of your ass and listen to the song cause it kicks ass.

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