LIFESTYLE - Review
16:00 - 5th June 2014, by Tom Smith

MIYAVI

The slap guitar samurai returns with an album recorded almost entirely in London. This time round he's teamed up with award winning producer Dean Gillard (Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Janet Jackson) and an indie pop team to produce his most accessible album to date.

The transition from his career in visual kei, to rock, to the frankly brilliant mashing of genres in the SAMURAI SESSIONS EP has been an exciting one to watch develop.

MIYAVI sees him drop the harsher elements from previous outings; there are no more ridiculously technical guitar sections, screaming, or anything that you wouldn't hear comfortably playing on Radio One.

The vast majority of the album is filled with a funky pop vibe, very similar to the grooves you'd expect from a Michael Jackson CD. There are a few tracks that deviate from it, Secret in particular, but then that sounds very close to Don't Cha from the Pussy Cat Dolls. And that's the biggest problem with MIYAVI, each track sounds like something we've heard before.

As an album, it's a solid three. As a package it's definitely a four. The bonus DVD contains a whole hour-long live concert which long-time fans will probably get more use from than the CD, as well as a behind the scenes documentary on the making of the album.

Accessible, solid, and safe.
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