Kan Mikami

Touge No Syounin

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Kan Mikami's Japanese blues singing may disorient first-time listeners used to the real thing, but the amazing fact about Touge No Syounin (roughly translated as "The Merchant of the High Mountain Pass") is that Mikami actually gets his messages across through pure emotion and soul, even to those unfamiliar with the foreign language. It's definitely far from Live at the Regal, but the album has an strange, undeniable power.