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Modal Soul Import

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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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie
  • ASIN: B000F2DF3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 54 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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30 of 34 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 7 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray-Review on October 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Modal Soul is probably my personal favorite album of Nujabes, from top to bottom this album is incredible, no words can describe the love I have for this album as well as Nujabes artistry. I am a fan of Hip Hop music, and Nujabes was actually the first Hip Hop producer I've discovered thats from Asia. Because of Nujabes I have also became an avid fan of other fellow Japanese producers such as Nomak, DJ Okawari and Fat Jon whom are also excellent producers. But Nujabes still remains my favorite, his contribution on the great anime Samurai Champloo made was fantastic and was quintessential to the success of the show. His tracks "Silver Morning" and "Counting Stars" is among the top Hip Hop beats of all time in my book. As for Modal Soul, the music on this album is beautifully constructed with a fusion of Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop samples and even experimental electronica, the diversity of the album is what keeps this album from being a monotonous bore which is what I appreciate the most. There are some instrumentals that outshine others, but I have yet to find a Nujabes beat that doesn't sound good. The opening track "Feather", "Reflection Eternal" "Luv(sic.)pt.3" and "Modal Soul" feature the signature Nujabes piano riffs that could make a grown man cry. People that are fans of Samurai Champloo will love the Jazzy tracks such as "Music is Mine" and "The Sign" that have classic bebop instrumentals with saxophones and wind instruments.

The last portion of the album from tracks 11-14 is easily it's own section of music, it contains a certain ambiance that captures the soul during sunrise and sunset...it's hard to articulate the kind of emotions when I'm listening to it but it's like spiritual enlightenment through music.
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