Ryuichi Sakamoto - 12
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2023 Ratings: #8 / 41
User Score
Based on 301 ratings
2023 Ratings: #5
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

A record of endurance, struggle and the lingering ability to create something new. 12 shows a path can be made, even into that unknown.

90
Clash
‘12’ is not an album to take lightly. It is an album to listen to intently as often as you can. With each listen you learn something about what it takes to be a great artist, Ryuichi Sakamoto is a great artist, but it also teaches us not to take things too seriously because one day it could all be over.
80
Slant Magazine
Even if it’s less forceful in its execution, Sakamoto’s poetic, metaphysical approach—a paradoxically delicate yet fearless plunge into the unknown—is equally as daunting and devastating.
76
Pitchfork
In a dozen somber, elegiac pieces for piano and electronics recorded in the wake of a cancer diagnosis, the Japanese composer reckons with his own mortality.
75
Spectrum Culture
There is beauty in Sakamoto’s latest work, but will listeners have the patience for it?
60
Loud and Quiet

An album of instinct, habit and catharsis, these minimal, ambient, largely piano-led ruminations move in the subtlest of waves, so much so, at times it’s like they’re barely even there.

Tristan
70

Sakamoto's "async" from 2017 was a gorgeous release I fell in love with that displayed a very emotional, fragile, and intimate vision from the composer. Much of this sound came from the painful feelings surrounding his cancer diagnosis, which has now worsened. "12" offers an even darker, colder, and more isolated sound representative of Sakamoto's recent hardships, a difficult wall of emotion to avoid while listening. Prepare yourself to fall somewhat into his shoes, and ... read more

cherrydagoatfr
85

Beautiful as it is heart breaking, stay strong Ryuichi, we love you.

ItsSarahhhh
NR

keep fighting ryuichi. we’re supporting you no matter what.

weewoupe
81

watching an artist wrestle with their own mortality is a powerful thing. each wrestles with it differently: through resilience, regret, remembering, with pain, sorrow, or forgiveness. the thought of death is truly debilitating; translating the harrowing feeling into art, let alone music, is an insurmountably difficult task. it not only forces the artist to grapple with the knowledge of the limited future, but everything in their past.

Ryuichi Sakamoto approaches death with equal parts sorrow ... read more

65

this album really sounds like someone just slowly dying, but despite that it's a boring listen altogether. if it weren't for knowing that ryuichi was dying, this album wouldn't really mean anything at all. it's respectable, but just not something i would want to revisit.

SonicDiscovery
80

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra and as a solo artist in his own right and his latest release 12 is yet another masterful work. Only a small bit of attention is required to enjoy the ambient passages or intimate piano melodies found throughout, but closer attention will unveil tons of small details to hone in on. Every track across 12 excels at providing it’s own specific value and that’s exactly what makes it such a ... read more

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Track List

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Total Length: 1 hour, 1 minute
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Added on: November 20, 2022