Yukihiro Takahashi

Neuromantic

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Fans of Takahashi's style as a member of YMO won't be disappointed in this first post-YMO release, which features solid, clever songwriting, Takahashi's usual silvery, squooshy vocals, and sharp, programmed keyboards and beats. Technically a solo album, both Ryuichi Sakamoto and Harry Hosono lend a hand, as does stalwart YMO sessionman Kenji Omura, and the band's Western lyricists Peter Barakan and Chris Mosdell. More surprising are the appearances by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay, lending guitar and sax to half the tracks. Stylistically, the album is a companion piece to YMO's Technodelic (from the same year), sharing much of the same sound and feel. "Drip Dry Eyes" could be a Roxy Music number, and not because of the guest stars, while "Extraordinary" and "Glass" are excellent techno-pop in its earliest incarnation. And the ending number "Something in the Air" is a beautiful up-tempo ballad like "Cue" from BGM. A satisfying album.

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