In Focus? - Shugo Tokumaru
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  • Summary: The fifth release for the Japanese experimental pop artist was recorded by Tokumaru and mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    84
    In Focus? is far and away his boldest record to date.
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    Some of his finest and widest-ranging music yet, In Focus? offers charming proof that a more accessible approach doesn't necessarily spell creative death for a musician, especially one as freewheeling as Tokumaru.
  3. Apr 24, 2013
    80
    Tokumaru seems to have poured his entire being, subconscious and all, into these compositions, which burst with vivacity and detail. [Apr 2013, p.57]
  4. Jan 23, 2013
    76
    Though it makes left turns and constantly tweaks its formulas, In Focus? is admirably coherent and cohesive, with each little pile-up of ideas finding its place in the big pile-up of ideas that comprises the album.
  5. Jan 23, 2013
    70
    In Focus? isn't a new celebration, but rather a reinforcement with one, tactile moment reminding us why the pop connoisseur is to be trusted: because he'll always have something to draw on.
  6. 70
    this is some of the cutest stuff you'll ever hear (barring the outside chance that these lyrics are dark, though I'd wager otherwise despite not speaking Japanese), and the child-like glee built in the thousands of layers of instrumentation on new disc In Focus? is kinetically infectious.
  7. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    Tokumaru's latest effort is certainly in focus. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.103]

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