Dammit. City pop finally won me over. I'm a big fan of Japanese music, but the glossy city pop genre never appealed to me, until Shogun came in with their big band jazz sound and their American frontman who can sing in real English. This is a real joy of an album, a blend of city pop groove and old fashioned jazz instrumentation, as much fun as drinking a margarita under a Southern Sun. Funkay and groovay and oh so enjoyable. A silly delight.
Def the best S&G I've heard. A lot of aching sadness to this album, which is where it is best. Whenever they liven things up, they don't bring much to it. I guess this is a pretty enjoyable album, but it doesn't go anywhere near the heights of the lesser-known folk singers of the time. I think these guys are too pop for my tastes. But pop-folk is better than no folk at all. 7/10