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Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor CD (album) cover


Yellow Magic Orchestra


Progressive Electronic

2.92 | 35 ratings

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3 stars A cheery and almost totally synthetic album in the same style as their first release the year before in 1978. Sounds great on headphones and is perfect music to cycle to.

There's nothing too demanding - just a lot of cheesy late 70's synths playing happy music, which is something I don't own a lot of!

It's not particularly cool sounding - and not one to play in front of a new girlfriend, that's for sure. Not unless you fancy being laughed at for half an hour and then dumped.

'Solid State Survivor' is very well recorded with good keyboard separation that is similar to the production values of the 'Human League's' 'Dare'.

It's great to hear 'Behind the Mask' in it's true form before the miserable and decrepit Eric Clapton got his filthy guitar strings wrapped around it.

A cover of the 'Beatles' Day Tripper knocks a point off this one as it sounds very tacky with some cod oriental vocals, mercifully it's over in a couple of minutes. Talking of being over in a couple of minutes this is yet another woefully short YMO album . 32 minutes for this one! They just seem incapable of breaking the 40 minute barrier.

All in all though, it's a good album and I'm left thinking that Kraftwerk influenced a lot more bands than I was aware of.

One thing I'm not too keen on is the Commie overtones of the front cover. Is that an attempt to promote Stalinism or what? Baah!

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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