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Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
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In the past three years, Yonezu Kenshi has emerged emphatically as one of Japan's most popular and influential singer-songwriters with his record-setting hits. His highly anticipated fifth album Stray Sheep is packed with 15 songs including the singles Flamingo, Teenage Riot, Uma to Shika , Umi no Yurei and, of course, Lemon. His self-cover of Paprika and Kanden, the theme song of the TBS drama MIU404, are also on the album.
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Product Title: Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Stray Sheep (普通版)(日本版) Stray Sheep (普通版)(日本版) Stray Sheep (通常盤)(日本版) Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Yonezu Kenshi 米津玄師 米津玄师 米津玄師 Yonezu Kenshi
Release Date: 2020-08-05
Publisher Product Code: SECL-2598
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1091476204

Product Information / Track List

米津玄師、全世代待望の5thアルバム! 数々の記録を樹立し、自ら更新し続けるアーティスト・米津玄師。累計出荷60万を突破し、今なお広がり続けている前作『BOOTLEG』から約2年半ぶりにリリースされる待望の5thアルバムは、ビルボードランキング2年連続1位を記録し、MV再生数5億を突破した「Lemon」をはじめ、シングル曲「Flamingo」「TEENAGE RIOT」「海の幽霊」「馬と鹿」の他、日本レコード大賞を受賞したFoorin「パプリカ」セルフカバーバージョン、TBS金曜ドラマ『MIU404』主題歌に決定している「感電」を含む、全15曲を収録。2020年を代表する1枚となるだけでなく、今を生きる全ての人々にとってマスターピースとなるアルバム。

1 カムパネルラ
2 Flamingo (ソニーワイヤレスヘッドホンCM)
3 感電 (TBS系金曜ドラマ「MIU404」主題歌)
4 PLACEBO + 野田洋次郎 (野田洋次郎とのコラボ楽曲)
5 パプリカ (Foorin「パプリカ」のセルフカバー)
6 馬と鹿 (TBS系日曜劇場「ノーサイド・ゲーム」主題歌)
7 優しい人
8 Lemon (TBS系金曜ドラマ「アンナチュラル」主題歌)
9 まちがいさがし (菅田将暉「まちがいさがし」のセルフカバー)
10 ひまわり
11 迷える羊
12 表記未対応 (正式表記は、「e」に「アキュート・アクセント」が付いたものとなります。)
13 TEENAGE RIOT (ギャツビーCM)
14 海の幽霊 (映画「海獣の子供」主題歌)
15 カナリヤ
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Professional Review of "Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

August 31, 2020

2018 was a banner year for singer-songwriter Yonezu Kenshi. On the heels of award-winning album Bootleg and his hit collaboration single Uchiage Hanabi (with fellow Vocaloid artist Daoko), his March 2018 single Lemon broke YouTube records as the most-viewed Japanese music video ever with 608 million views and counting – a rare feat for a solo artist in an industry dominated by pop groups. Instead of rushing to release an album to cash in on his newfound global popularity, Yonezu spent nearly three years to put together Stray Sheep, his fifth solo album. If Bootleg tracked Yonezu’s ascendance to pop chart royalty, Stray Sheep is a test of his staying power.

Stray Sheep features a total of 15 songs, six of which have already been previously released as singles. Fans who have listened to these singles religiously will not be surprised by the direction that Yonezu has taken. Mostly co-arranged by Yonezu and young songwriter Bando Yuta, Stray Sheep’s sound is fuller and more vibrant than the rock-driven sound of Bootleg. Yonezu and Bando seem to have made a conscious decision to incorporate more influences from other genres, including R&B, big band jazz and even traditional Japanese folk music. Running 59 minutes, Stray Sheep moves fast at an entertaining pace, rarely slowing down to breathe.

The new sound can immediately be heard in the album’s opening tracks, especially in Campanella (Track 1). The last song to be recorded for the album, Campanella is a fast-moving electropop tune with a strong R&B influence, giving an energetic start to the album. The retro electropop influence can also be heard in Placebo (Track 4), featuring Noda Yojiro, whose band Radwimps is often cited by Yonezu as one of his musical influences. However, Placebo is almost free of the traditional Radwimps band sound, embracing the new electronic influence that Bando brings to the table.

Like Bootleg, Stray Sheep features several "self-covers" of songs that Yonezu wrote for other people. For his cover of Paprika (Track 5), the award-winning song by children's choral group Foorin, Yonezu includes traditional Japanese instruments such as shamisen and Japanese flute for a unique arrangement that puts a more mature spin on the song. For his cover of Machigai Sagashi (Track 9), the rock ballad that Yonezu originally wrote and produced for actor Suda Masaki, Bando and Yonezu reimagine the song with trap beats and autotune. Combining that with Yonezu’s superior vocal performance gives the song a fresh flavor that still maintains the original composition’s melancholy.

Becoming a household pop name also means that many of the songs in Stray Sheep are commissioned as commercial tie-ins. That includes mega-hit single Lemon (Track 8), written as the theme song for TV drama Unnatural; mid-tempo rock ballad Uma to Shika (Track 6), written for TV drama No Side Game; and titular track Mayoeru Hitsuji (Track 11), originally written for an energy bar’s ad campaign. These songs, all undeniably catchy and well-produced, signify Yonezu’s completed transition into a pop star. The one commissioned song that does recall Yonezu’s days with experimentation is Umi no Yurei (Track 14). The theme song for animated film Children of the Sea, the song features an arrangement that includes a fascinating combination of autotune and a full orchestra sound. The unusual clash of styles results in a beautiful, offbeat ballad that fits the sometimes-bizarre style of the film.

Stray Sheep has already been a phenomenal commercial hit in Japan, further cementing Yonezu’s status as a bona-fide pop star. The album will surely attract many new fans thanks to the presence of Lemon and other hit singles, but it’s hard to tell how Yonezu’s progression as a pop musician will be received by fans who have followed his work since his Vocaloid days. Nevertheless, Stray Sheep is a spirited and exciting album that shows Japanese pop rock at its best. With strong production skills, solid songwriting and a remarkable voice, Yonezu has surpassed his musical inspirations and truly come into his own as an important name in Japanese pop music.

by Kevin Ma

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