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Shugo Tokumaru, Shugo TokumaruAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: StarTime International / AlmostGold Recordings
  • ASIN: B001CR49OI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Shugo Tokumaru is the kind of artist you hear about from that friend of yours, the one who first took you to that out-of-the-way Peruvian restaurant, the one who made you that mix with the great Icelandic reggae band on it. This friend has a knack for sniffing out things that are special and unique. Extraordinary maybe. Extraordinary is a word that describes Shugo well. In fact, if there is any one adjective that can be applied to a young pop genius making miniature symphonies in his bedroom in Tokyo, extraordinary is it.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Unique! One of the best of the year October 3, 2008
By dm
Format:Audio CD
I saw this CD ranked high on metacritic. I've never heard of him before, even though I study Japanese and try to keep informed on their music scene.

Then I watched his videos on Youtube. The videos along with the music really draw you in.

I'd describe his music as a little bit Sufjan Stevens, a tad of Animal Collective, and part psychedlic era.

The music is what makes it; especially since he's singing in Japanese.
Don't worry about that part, though; even though I understand Japanese I really can't make out what he's saying.

The instrumentation is really wonderful and unique. He weaves seemingly simplistic melodies together into a wonderful cacophony.
I can hear banjos, steel drums, accordian, guitars, drums, piano, and toy piano, to name a few instruments on this CD.

If you're into Alternative and unique music, check this out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical Willy Wonka July 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
'Exit' is difficult to describe. The best I can come up with is that it's sort of like the musical equivalent of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. It's wacky, disorienting, very foreign, and very fun. The songs veer all over the place. There are simply-structed, catchy pop tunes ('Parachute') and songs that shift time signature and style with wild abandon ('La La Radio'). There is eerie discordance alongside beautiful melody. There are at least two songs ('D.P.O' and 'Future Umbrella' come to mind) that could be the theme song for the world's creepiest kid's show.

It's clear that Shugo is a both talented musician and a meticulous craftsman, and he has enough musical ideas here to fill twice as many songs. Let him show you around his factory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Awesome! November 8, 2013
By Jeff
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was the first album I heard by Shugo. NPR turned me on to him a couple years back. I've recently been geeking out on hifi stereo gear, and this was a must add to the collection since it doesn't appear to have been pressed to vinyl...yet. The mix sounds great, if you're on the fence, get off of it and buy this album!
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