This is by far the best pop work from Ryuichi...Smoochy has sounds that bring the idea of Neo Geo to beautiful fruition, more than just throwing the idea around as an artistic ploy without support. The soundscapes traverse both hemispheres, from the distant "paradise" to the more familiar park in your neighborhood. The main themes here aren't without human concern either. The pathos and inevitability of life cycles, cooling of warm hearts, the seductive yet ultimately alienating mode of electronic communication...put simply I haven't been able to put away this disc for 2 months! Next to Smoochy you might like to try his 1989 Beauty, which is a lot more understated than the melodic Smoochy. Great vocal from Ryuichi as well.