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Yes, this Japanese master of the ivories returns with an album stuffed to buggery with his particular take on sentimental flourishes, sudden lurches into delirious waltzes & more contemplative outings, like 'Gray', all delicately glazed with the sorrowful tug & drape of violin. It's an album often infused with a dreamy melancholy like the majority of piano-based albums. When played in this ...

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How My Heart Sings by Akira Kosemura
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 08 April 2011

Yes, this Japanese master of the ivories returns with an album stuffed to buggery with his particular take on sentimental flourishes, sudden lurches into delirious waltzes & more contemplative outings, like 'Gray', all delicately glazed with the sorrowful tug & drape of violin. It's an album often infused with a dreamy melancholy like the majority of piano-based albums. When played in this manner, the old Joanna don't half tug at your heartstrings or cause you to reach out and grab a freshly fluffed-up chocolate box kitten to dry your bloated red sobbing face with. To be fair, there's not many solo piano albums that can hold my interest long - i'm too punk for that hahaha eh Business Lady? Too punk! Say, what a bundle of mischief I am! So the late night, smoky regret of 'Pluie Fruid' with it's tender jazz undertones and the other violin-laced track - the ultimately joyous 'Light Dance' both move me to a higher plan of enjoyment. It's all very passionately done but does err on the terribly sentimental at times. How many times have I thought of leaves blowing in the wind or watching the gradually fading silhouette of a loved one fading into the distance whilst listening to this latest collection? Sweet though, all wrapped up in a tidy little hardback photo book!


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