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  • Summary: The first solo release for the Grammy-winning Japanese synth pop composer in eight years features David Sylvian on one track.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. May 11, 2017
    100
    It’s full of church organs, hazy reverb, rippling synths and poetry about mortality and eternity, as well as Sakamoto’s distinctive piano, sonar bleeps and unforgettable melodies. It’s arguably the most beautiful record you’ll hear this year.
  2. Apr 26, 2017
    90
    async is the work of an authentically great artist that may well be entering a rich new phase of his 42-year career.
  3. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2017
    90
    async is an exceptionally beautiful record, in the way that maths is beautiful, quite free of rhetoric or ‘effects’. Its coherence of tonality and timbre gives it the feel of an imaginary soundtrack and yet each track has its own internal logic and direction which means that it never sounds like a grab-bag of musical supervisor’s cues but like a proper album of songs. [Jun 2017, p.70]
  4. Mojo
    Apr 26, 2017
    80
    The sounds of surrounding life collaborating with art. [Jun 2017, p.86]
  5. May 1, 2017
    80
    async is more closely aligned with his 21st-century experimental side and his ongoing collaborations with the likes of Christian Fennesz, Alva Noto, and Christopher Willits. But there’s a warmth and fragility to the album here that makes it stand apart from these works.
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Ryuichi Sakamoto is back and shows no signs of being boring or predictable. For this, we should all be thankful.
  7. Magnet
    Jun 28, 2017
    70
    These existential sonic sketches are minimalist in nature but come together as an electroacoustic whole far greater than its composite parts. [No. 143, p.61]

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  1. Jun 4, 2017
    9
    Con casi ningún exabrupto, "async" mantiene una atmósfera muy evocativa capaz de hacerlo bello, con su buena dosis de sonidos experimentalesCon casi ningún exabrupto, "async" mantiene una atmósfera muy evocativa capaz de hacerlo bello, con su buena dosis de sonidos experimentales para mantener interesante un viaje musical de esta magnitud. Expand
  2. Jan 9, 2018
    7
    Amazing compositions by the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto. Some tracks drag on for my liking, but the unique sounds providing sensory excitementAmazing compositions by the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto. Some tracks drag on for my liking, but the unique sounds providing sensory excitement make this album a great listen Expand

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