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Yellow Magic Orchestra


Progressive Electronic

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4 stars One of the best albums by Yellow Magic Orchestra !

Solid State Survivor represents the japanese band's summit of their synthetic pop era during the late 70s'. The music sounds a bit like Kratwerk making soundtracks for old video games, but nonetheless very innovative, dancing and enjoyable !

The opener, Technopolis, is one of the spearhead tracks of japanese electronic music. Catchy, trippy and featuring rapid changes, this tune have been widely used in Japan for broadcasts and video games. You cannot go wrong with it ! Absolute Ego Dance has also a punchy melody introduction, ressembling a lot to Depeche Mode's early works. The song evolves with an oriental touch and can remind Giorgio Moroder. Very fun and joyful ! The next track, Rydeen, is another best known tune by the band. Top asian electro-pop ! The calm arrives with Castalia, which proves that YMO can also deliver mysterious music, dark and beautiful. Behind the Mask is also a truely flawless relaxing song, one of the album's best moments. The oddest track here is undoubtly the synthetic reprise of The Beatles' Day Tripper. Rocky, robotic and surprising ! Insomnia sounds a lot like a japanese smoother version of Kraftwerk's Showroom Dummies with some variations in it. The record ends with the title song, an average strange track with enjoyable passages.

Solid State Survivor captures best moments from the band and features one of the top electonic pop music of the late 70s'. A must for Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and video games music lovers !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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