Exit - Shugo Tokumaru
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Ambitious as some of that may seem, Exit never feels like a show-off record--just a thoughtfully put-together one.
  2. Tokumaru’s music, it’s now well established, is quirky but profound, foreign but still universal.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. Exit is a classic, a refreshing and rewarding experience that is sweet and euphoric and brilliant. Exit should make Tokumaru a star.

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