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Yellow Magic Orchestra


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3.77 | 30 ratings

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3 stars The intro tune 'Pure Jam' sounds remarkably similar to the Sylvian / Sakamoto ep. 'Bamboo Music' - but with vocals which are almost identical to Steve Strange from 'Visage'. This is an excellent, mostly electronic upbeat album that runs parallel with 'Japan's' - 'Tin Drum' - but is more synthetic in sound and has a heavy reliance on a handmade Sampler, which gives it a lot of vibrancy. I'm sure there's bits of Gamelan in there.

'Light in Darkness' begins off sounding like the intro to 'Rio' by Duran Duran - but in a far cooler way - before lurching off with Sakamoto's airy keyboards which create a memorable instrumental tune.

Everything sounds ahead of its time for 1981. It's true that they're sometimes compared with Kraftwerk - but they're more lively and less robotic. Full of catchy tunes, with particular praise going to Sakamoto with his superbly played 'Prophet' keyboard.

Not recommended to Prog fans, but a big thumbs up if you're into New Romantic New Wave (which I've always had a soft spot for).

I've been listening to this trying to cheer myself up during the unfolding tragic events in Japan. Unhappily, this doesn't help, and it's no fault of 'Technodelic' - which on any other day I'd be shouting it's praise from the rooftops.

Music is just music. It feels a waste of time even writing a review for an album at the moment. My mind keeps wandering to more important things. One thing's for sure, the Japanese have gone right up in my estimations with the way they've comported themselves during this calamity. Civilised, ordered, polite and calm. Now, if this happened in Britain, there'd be looting and unruly behaviour everywhere. Guaranteed...

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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