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Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Taiwan Version)

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Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Taiwan 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 Denden, the theme song of the TBS drama MIU404, are also on the album.
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Product Title: Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Taiwan Version) Stray Sheep (普通版)(台灣版) Stray Sheep (普通版)(台湾版) Stray Sheep (普通版)(台灣版) Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Singer Name(s): Yonezu Kenshi 米津玄師 米津玄师 米津玄師 Yonezu Kenshi
Release Date: 2020-10-20
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1096237939

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◎ 2020年強勢霸榜、百萬專輯、終於降臨!與上張專輯『BOOTLEG』相隔兩年半,日本創作天王米津玄師帶著第五張創作專輯『STRAY SHEEP』強勢回歸!作品中除了收錄從2018年開始便席捲全日本的單曲「Lemon」,更收錄人氣歌曲「Flamingo」「馬與鹿」「海之幽靈」「Paprika」和星野源、綾野剛主演日劇『MIU404』主題曲「感電」等15首豪華歌曲,專輯封面也由多才多藝的米津玄師本人親自繪製。

01. 康帕內拉
02. Flamingo (Sony無線耳機廣告曲)
03. 感電 (TBS日劇「MIU404」主題曲)
04. PLACEBO + 野田洋次郎 (和RADWIMPS野田洋次郎合作歌曲)
05. Paprika (自我翻唱為Foorin創作的同名歌曲)
06. 馬與鹿 (TBS日劇「NO SIDE 一起逆轉吧」主題曲)
07. 溫柔的人
08. Lemon (TBS日劇「法醫女王」主題曲)
09. 找錯遊戲 (自我翻唱為菅田將暉創作的同名歌曲)
10. 向日葵
11. 迷途之羊 (大塚製藥「Calorie Mate」廣告曲)
12. Décolleté
13. TEENAGE RIOT (日本Gatsby廣告主題曲)
14. 海之幽靈 (電影「海獸之子」主題曲)
15. 金絲雀


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August 31, 2020

This professional review refers to Stray Sheep (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
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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