Exit - Shugo Tokumaru
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  • Summary: The latest album from the Japanese musician includes more than 50 instruments.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Exit is a classic, a refreshing and rewarding experience that is sweet and euphoric and brilliant. Exit should make Tokumaru a star.
  2. Tokumaru’s music, it’s now well established, is quirky but profound, foreign but still universal.
  3. 80
    Tokumaru counters the tweeness of his Japanese-language croon (plus the unrelenting innocence of his twinkly, trebly melodies) with arrangements that densely interweave oddly organic twittering to suggest psychedelia without ever stooping to its cliches.
  4. Exit, which was mixed and recorded on a laptop, using a popular program called Pro Tools, is a tribute to the unexpected beauty of everyday things.
  5. This is music that, thanks to the global marketplace, its own ingenuity, and Youtube, moves beyond boundaries of nation and language, sound and image, rationalization and emotion.
  6. There are enough instrumental interludes and understated melodies here to make the record a grower, and it eases into the sunset for much of its back half.
  7. Ambitious as some of that may seem, Exit never feels like a show-off record--just a thoughtfully put-together one.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AndreaG
    Mar 17, 2009
    Wow! a great album from this japanese musician, sounds like the Beatles and is masterpiece of pop and folk music, beaufiful, a lot of emotions. Recommended Tracks: Highlight songs (track pics): The guitars of "Parachute", the dark Katamari-psychedelia from "Green Rain", the sense of "Clocca" and "Hidamari". Album's Centerpiece: The magic of "La La Radio", there are many emotions in this song, maybe the song of you can't believe of exist in this world now, a wolderful centerpiece of folk pop rock music, easily THE BEST SONG FROM 2008 so far!! over Deerhunter, Fleet Foxes, MGMT, TV On The Radio and another ones. This is in my opinion THE BEST ALBUM FROM 2008. Finally, i'm so sad, because music that is popular these days sucks. It's more about image than talent, he's a genious, original, a master, and It's the obscure, almost unknown people who are usually the most musically gifted. The world needs more of these incredible and beautiful music !!! Hands down! Expand
  2. KateS
    Feb 22, 2009
    Best album of the year so far, beautiful, georgeus and original record, thanks Tokumaru-San.
  3. WilliamN
    Feb 25, 2009
    The best album of the year!!, He's a genious, hands down.
  4. EmilyW.
    Sep 30, 2008
    Gorgeous album. Let's find a couple more reviews and get this thing in the top thirty of the year!
  5. AnthonyM
    Nov 26, 2008
    If John Lennon were a contemporary, young, Japanese guy with a laptop and a mess of instruments I could easily see the record he might come up with sounding something like this. A variety-bag of ear candy. Expand
  6. WesM.
    Oct 3, 2008
    I don't even dig J-Pop (though in fairness, that's a way-too-over-general label), but I rather enjoyed it; catchy and original.
  7. GPalf
    Nov 18, 2008
    Hmmmm....... a very large hmmmmm for this one I'm afraid. If YOU have the innocence to get through it then fair play..... but if on the other hand you are a bit sensitive to quirkyness that seems to be trying too hard or if you plainly dislike music that doesn't deliver on the first 3-4 listens then I call this one twee little stinker. For people who like incense and/or enjoy being different. Musically I find it sinply annoying though production is quite nice on it. Expand

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