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Artist: TAKASHI WADA
Title: Araki
Format: CD
Label: Onitor (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
At the time of "Meguro", his first album, Wada was a 21-year-old student of jazz guitar and classical piano who elegantly mingled electronics and acoustic instruments to create pastoral landscapes with an ambient feel.Nothing much seems to have changed in "Araki", unfortunately. This is an easy-listening so smooth that fails to stir any emotion other than placidness, and boredom. Sure, it is dreamlike, but in a way that is too cool, glossy and ultimately defeating. In "Lost land" we even are treated to the sound of lapping water and singing birds. Averaging longer than 6 minutes each, the 11 tracks are recommended only for the die-hard fans of assuaging muzak and clichéd, feel-good ambient.



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