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Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Eighteenth solo album from the Tokyo-based composer and pianist, his first since his recovery from throat cancer

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Milan Records
UK Release date
28/04/2017
US Release date
28/04/2017
  1. 10.0 |   Mixmag

    It’s arguably the most beautiful record you’ll hear this year
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    async is a testament to a lifelong preoccupation with life itself – to examination beyond introspection, and to a world not so much beyond our own but ever so slightly out of phase
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    To hear his 65-year-old fingers slide across the keyboard again is a privilege we can't take for granted
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  4. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The majority of async is focused on its soothing qualities
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    The musical language of Ryuichi Sakamoto is esoteric and also innately relatable. Ultimately, it is beautiful
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Plenty of spoken word samples find their way into async as well, adding even more layers of sonic curiosities
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The sounds of surrounding life collaborating with art. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The Japanese composer's first solo album after eight years and a battle with throat cancer is marvelous, using a bounty of textures, moods, and ambience from his esteemed four-decade-long career
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There are a very few musicians who could bring experimental techniques and a pop sensibility to the same project
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Async is certainly not one of Sakamoto's most accessible albums, but if the listener is willing to devote several listens until it all makes sense, it ends up being quite powerful
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  11. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    An album that speaks only in its own hushed, private tones
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  12. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    A beautiful experiment, one that yields its own meditative, cinematic pleasures
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  13. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    At 65, Sakamoto still approaches music-making with a childish delight
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