Yoshii Kazuya / Yoshii Lovinson

White Room

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Yoshii Kazuya was obviously meant to take the same niche as David Usher, performer of the wonderful semi-hit "Black Black Heart". No song on White Room really rivals that effort, but "Call Me" comes close, as Yoshii displays a knack for writing moody rock songs with a huge pop appeal. However, tracks like "Yokubou" and "Just a Little Day" don't fit this neat scheme, making one wonder who let Paul Stanley in the room, since White Room generally boasts the heaviest '70s rock influence this side of Lenny Kravitz -- and indeed, it is to be expected from an album named after a Cream song and written by a man who adores David Bowie and picked the nickname "Lovinson" in honor of Smokey Robinson. Yoshii Kazuya doesn't possess the ability of Lenny Kravitz to make the music of his childhood sound contemporary at the turn of the millennium, but his fan's take on old hard rock benefits in sincerity, even if it loses in the pop gloss department, although Yoshii manages to keep his sound from being outdated, thanks to that David Usher'y marketing push. Also, the '70s had their charts, too, so it's no wonder that the material on White Room sounds quite catchy, which is the whole point here. And any band that records a song called "Final Countdown" that is not a Europe cover (and is, in fact, a hard rock disco) definitely earns kudos, even if it was not intended ironically but as an overly honest homage to the music of the last decades of Cold War.

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