• Record Label: Milan
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2023
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. Mar 26, 2023
    Background mood music for meditation? The mood is consistent but there is not much here in terms of musicianship, melody, or anything else. Sounds like late night musings that anyone with a piano and a modicum of playing ability can accomplish.
  2. Apr 4, 2023
    I kind of think of this album as Otto Totland meets Gershwin. Slow and atmospheric with some moments that invite you in. I had it on at work and forgot it was on until I got to some really sparse tracks in the back. I may come back to double dip and see what else I can find in the space.

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Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 26, 2023
    Sakamoto died two months after 12 was released, and being aware that it was his final work adds emotional weight to music that appears fragile and delicate.
  2. The Wire
    Mar 21, 2023
    While their tonal depths speak to undiscovered worlds, they’re grounded by the sound of Sakamoto’s breath, audible on every piano track. The palpable humanity is moving, and Sakamoto’s ease with melodic phrasing remains astonishing. ... Would these stark, simple pieces be as moving and filled with meaning for newcomers to his work? Perhaps not, but becoming an understanding receiver of work is one of the great privileges of longtime listening. [Feb 2023, p.45]
  3. Jan 18, 2023
    ‘12’ is not an album to take lightly. It is an album to listen to intently as often as you can. With each listen you learn something about what it takes to be a great artist, Ryuichi Sakamoto is a great artist, but it also teaches us not to take things too seriously because one day it could all be over.