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Yellow Magic Orchestra


Progressive Electronic

2.92 | 36 ratings

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4 stars One of YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA's best albums

"Solid State Survivor" represents the Japanese band's summit of their synthetic pop era during the late 70's. The music sounds a bit like KRAFTWERK 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, resembling a lot DEPECHE MODE's early works. The song evolves on 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 truly flawless relaxing song, one of the album's best moments. The oddest track here is undoubtedly 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 the band's best moments and features one of the top electronic pop music of the late 70's. A must for KRAFTWERK, DEPECHE MODE and vintage video games music lovers!

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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