Album Review

Tujiko, Noriko – “U” – [Room 40]

lombard   5/5/2009   A Library, CD

Tujiko Noriko’s voice dominates “U,” with its quiet breathiness floating atop the subtle instrumentation and electronics provided by collaborators Lawrence English (drums, bass, synths, keys, and electronics) and John Chantler (guitars, bass, drums, accordian, synths, violin). It’s pretty and mesmerizing, verging into pop territory ever so slightly, yet restrained by fuzz and a bit of glitch. On “Make Me Your Private Party,” she implores the listener to dance, yet the song is both sedate and insistent; more numbing (in a good way) than danceable. Soothingly seductive sounds from this Japanese chanteuse.

you heard it 28 times on kfjc! most recently:
Numa says

A bit too "Bjorky" at times, but good for a dark room bathed in red.


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