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2.0 out of 5 stars in a word- for Yokota : disappointing.., 24 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Love Or Die (Audio CD)
ignore two of the other reviews (especially the one with the Orb comparison - WRONG !)

"Love or Die" is a poor release for Susumu Yokota - a bland +unadventeruous beats by numbers with a lot of nondescript rambling unremarkable derivative melodies tacked on .. beats are dated - early IDM,post-jazz drum+bass at best with many poorly programmed sub beats also ,and absolutley nothing like TheOrb at all! (The Orb specialised in deep trippy ambient electronica often with an often English sense of humour). Yokota's output is often obviously Oriental in influence + melodic soundscapes ("Sakura", "The Boy and the Tree" or the marvellous darker/weirder "Grinning Cat" release for instance) which made him such a unique late night artist but "Love or Die " is poor by his standards, having lost much of what made Yokota such a treasure in the first place, namely his deep,strange yet beautiful + off-kilter Oriental soundworld.

avoid + go for Yokota's earlier work which is extraordinary ! say :"The Boy and the Tree","Grinning Cat" or "Magic Thread" or the best of "Skintone Collection" instead. far more adventurous , experimental + rewarding. MUCH better.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2011 08:48:16 BDT
C. Allen says:
absolutely spot on, this is ambient light, weak and unadventurous and super dull, nothing like the genius of grinning cat

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2011 12:53:20 BDT
simon mack says:
thks C A for the mutual perceptiveness ! now if more people knew abt Yokota's best releases we'd all be happy.
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