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  • Summary: Kyoto, Japan's Nobukazu Takemura plays all of the instruments (and computers) on his latest release of playful, poppy electronica, which features vocals from a speech synthesizer.
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  1. The album is always fantastical and innocent, a meeting of magic and technology.
  2. Uncut
    Provides a gentle but subtle introduction to the sometimes onerous world of avant-techno. [Apr 2003, p.122]
  3. The Wire
    An engaging, unpredictable album of Tortoise-like vibraphones, guitars, minimalist repetitions, wry syncopations, occasional duff notes and subtly daubed electronics. [#228, p.69]
  4. Urb
    Takemura's most embraceable album to date. [Jan 2003, p.77]
  5. Mojo
    Smoother than last year's Sign, this capricious set also contains some finely crafted instrumental sections. [Mar 2003, p.114]
  6. The musical arrangements are just right, consisting of his usual assortment of electronic instruments and percussion that sound like broken toys. Hearing these tools applied in the service of well-written pop songs would be divine, but the melodies, as performed by the speech synthesizer, just aren't moving.
  7. If you prefer the combination of styles in his other Thrill Jockey work, or the more ambient and experimental character of A Child’s View, this may not be your bag. There is a specific focus on 10th, a consistent if ultimately unspectacular attempt to see through a child’s eyes.
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