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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese madness and kitsch at its best..., 1 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Luxury (Audio CD)
After the quirky self titled Fantastic Plastic machine comes Luxury, the next collection from ex-Pizzicato 5 member Tomoyuki Tanaka. An essentially unknown DJ in the UK, his music has been brought to life in the UK TV series 'Spaced', which included some FPM music on the soundtrack.
The album begins wuth the highly upbeat 'Intro to Luxury', a short little ditty where it seems the piano players are on speed, and this then blends into a remix of the Eurythmics' 'There must be an Angel', which wouldn't be totally out of place in a lounge bar...
Whilst there are numerous different styles on the album, the better tracks are the more upbeat and heavy-hitting ones... 'Lady Machine' is seriously cheesy, but infectiously catchy, and 'You Must Learn All Night Long', undoubtably the stand out track from the album for which a single was released, easily outperforms such UK equivalents as Fatboy Slim for the musical talent and sheer diversity on display.
Overall, you'll buy this, and want to skip through some of it, but the rest of it is a pleasure to listen to. Like an After Eight Mint, it's much better after dinner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 10 May 2008
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Mr. J. R. Harris "J. Harris" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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A love letter to decadence and self-indulgence, "Luxury" isn't just an arbitrary, meaningless title: it's a genuine theme for the whole album, unifying it to the extent that you could almost call it a concept album. The first FPM album I bought was "Beautiful", and while it is excellent, some tracks are weaker than others. This is not the case here, as every part feels just as strong and appropriate as the last. If you like nice things, you owe it to yourself to get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro kitsch with a sweet sweet beat, 3 April 2002
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This review is from: Luxury [US-Import] (Audio CD)
It's kitschy, it's poppy, it's everything it needs to be, and a whole lot more. If "Electric Lady Land" doesn't suck you in with its ultra-sweet j-pop appeal of a robotic girl, then you have no sense of style to speak of. Giddy, goofy, brilliant work.
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