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1 stars There seems to be two trends on PA about "Japan".

The ones who find this band enjoyable and the ones who find them almost unbearable. I definitely belong to the latter category. To have them on PA is not really a plus for the site.

Even if some compared this band with the new wave, I don't agree. The new wave period was a lot of fun, dynamic and unpretentious. Totally the opposite of "Japan" actually.

There will be some attempts to sound more "Oriental" to please their Japanese fans ("Ghosts" and "Canton") because they were rather successful in this country. These are the two "best" songs out of here. Don't expect masterpieces though.

This album will be their last studio one, thank god! I won't need to spend any more time on this ban. So far, I just did my job and depict their work as I feel it. But I can understand that there are other opinions than mine (and hopefully there are, even if not that many for this particular band).

None of their work could please me during this reviewing process made over thirty years after I have discovered the band. To be honest, back in those ancient times, it sounded better to my ears. But my tastes have changed and it was really a painful exercise to review their five studio albums.

The Far Eastern Asia feelings are perpetrated during "Visions Of China" as well as "Cantonese Boy". But most of the album is an ode to synth music. Not my cup of tea any longer even if some other bands of the same period still please me.

One star. As most of the Japan albums. Don't try to find some sort of exitment here. There aren't. It is almost boring all the way through. The worse probably residing in the dull and repetitive Sons Of Pioneers (over seven minutes!).

I can only recommend the same as Hughes : Avoid, avoid, avoid....

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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