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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie
  • ASIN: B000F2DF3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feather (Feat. Cise Starr & Akin From Cyne)
2. Ordinary Joe (Feat. Terry Callier)
3. Reflection Eternal
4. Luv (Sic) Pt3 (Feat. Shing02)
5. Music Is Mine
6. Eclipse (Feat. Substantial)
7. Sign (Feat. Pase Rock)
8. Thank You (Feat. Apani B)
9. World's End Rhapsody
10. Modal Soul (Feat. Uyama Hiroto)
11. Flowers
12. Sea Of Cloud
13. Light On The Land
14. Horizon

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The album does a good job balancing pure instrumental music with the vocal-based songs.
KG
All told, I would recommend this album for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in a world saturated by commercial and shallow hip-hop.
Ryan Sarno
Eventually, I came across the LP in Canada on vacation, and it was like Christmas in July!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KG on September 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first got exposed to Nujabes through his work on Samurai Champloo. I bought all four of the soundtrack CD's for the show, and for about four months they were in constant rotation in my car and at home. Nujabes' work really stood on those four CDs, enough for me to try and find some of his outside work. I came across his first album, Metaphorical Music, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so naturally I bought this CD, Modal Soul, the follow-up.

Nujabes has a very unique style. His melodies are jazz-based, using the piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, bass, and various electronic sounds (He does a lot of soloing on his piano, so if you enjoy that, you're in luck!). He puts combinations of these elements on top of smooth, modern hip-hop beats. The result is an organic, lush sound that carries a lot of depth and emotion. Nujabes expands on this depth by teaming with MC's Cyne, Substantial, Shing02, Apani B, Pase Rock and singer Terry Callier, all of whom are performers who strive to create music that is meaningful, beyond the "hoes and dough" approach prevalent in hip-hop today. Thus the cool, jazzy and meaningful vibe of the music that Nujabes produces is not ruined, but rather enhanced by his guests. If you're sick of listening to raunchy, shallow hip-hop about big butts, drugs, and gang violence, this album is a breath of fresh-air for you. Nujabes restored my faith in hip-hop being an artform, not an expression of lust or a way for a rapper to hurl insults at others.

The best aspect of Nujabes' music is the range of emotion that is harvested within each song. Nujabes is a master of arousing a feeling through his music. There are tracks on here which make you feel sad, which make you reflect on good times past, which lift you up and make you want to groove to the beat.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Version J on May 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nujabes is the Beast from the East. I know Beast probably wouldn't be the best word to describe this producer, but it's the only thing I can think of using besides "AZN SENSATION", and how whack is that?

Many people I know associate music made in Japan with the defecation widely known as J-Pop. I can't really make an accurate decision on how nice J-Pop is or not. I rarely listen to anything I can't understand in my favorite musical genre, Hip Hop, so there's no reason for me to check anything out in a genre I don't like in a language I CAN understand. Anyway, I first discovered the work of Nujabes on the cartoon "Samurai Champloo", like many Americans have. As a Hip Hop instrumental aficionado, I've listened to hundreds of producers and their products. From Pete Rock to Just Blaze to RjD2 to Prefuse 73 and so on... I'm a sucker for a sick sample. So it's safe to say that when I heard "Battlecry" (Samurai Champloo's introductory theme), I had to find out more about this Nujabes cat who made this beat.

One of my friends (who happens to be Japanese and an avid Hip Hop fan) let me listen to her copy of Nujabes' first LP he released in 2003, "Metaphorical Music". That showed me that "Battlecry" wasn't just an instrumental fluke like most of the producers working in Hip Hop today have had. If anything, "Battlecry" is one of the more lackluster songs in Nujabes' catalog. I burned myself a copy and bumped it for a good while in my car and at home. Then I heard that he had another LP out, "Modal Soul". I searched high and low for a copy, but alas, great producers who originated in America are hard enough to find, so finding one who operates out of Japan would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Alvarado on December 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was able to obtain a copy of this CD through a friend so I was not unfortunate (or fortunate) enough to dish out $45 to get this.

However something this good deserves my appologies and recognition. Simply put, its great from beginning to end. Samples, jazzy beats, ambient, solid hip hop, poety, etc. It's all there.

It rivals all the classics of the cross genre arena. Entroducing, Deadringer, Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives, Milight, Mad Blunted Jazz are all great in their own respect. Modal Soul holds its own against those great albums. It's more subtle but infinately brilliant. People who hear this always ask of the artist. It's like having a great cologne and women asking what's the fragrance. It's that good.

Word of advice, Worlds End Rhapsody is genius. It's almost too good. It's whats great about music today. Pure emotion yet minimal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smooth Op on April 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I, thankfully, live in Japan and don't have to pay that much for his cd's. (Ironically, music in japan is very expensive compared to that in the states...I know, I know-it's an import for you.) I first found out about Nujabes when I heard a Five Deez track that was remixed. Trying to find out who remixed it, I started searching and eventually found it to be Nujabes.

This was actually the first CD of his that I bought. I was instantly hooked. I went back and bought his first. He has a new album out under the Hydeout Productions Title but all tracks are produced by him. I don't see it on here so perhaps it wasn't released in the states and Amazon has gotten around to picking it up yet.

But Yes!!! Nujabes is the greatest when it comes to cool-out, relax grooves that put you in the mood to engage in silent sword fights under the moonlight in a bamboo forest! ....Or just cool out and smoke blunts to.

Over the last 30 years, hip hop has grown and sprouted into many different facets and sub-genres. Nujabes could be in a genre all his own. His beats have a thick, heavy feeling that consumes all space within earshot. Simply amazing.

It's like crack. Once you get the taste, you won't be able to help yourself from searching out more Nujabes produced products. I wouldn't lie...it's not like I get any money for the sales of his albums. I'm doing this for you!!!!! Buy it!
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