Sonderlust

Kishi Bashi - Sonderlust
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2016 Ratings: #277
September 16, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Indie Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

For all of its struggle and unwanted inspiration, Sonderlust is a dazzling listen that will likely again draw attention from the singer's under-recognized vocal performances, one compromise he's probably happy to indulge.

80
Slant Magazine

By grounding the album in the duality of love's joy and pain, and the ultimately ephemeral nature of both, Kishi Bashi achieves something close to transcendence.

WildChameleon
55
Really confusing. It's dance pop with strings. Sometimes it's full dance and another times plain strings. And your ass is kicked by a strange mix.
He doesn't excell anywhere.

It's unfortunate because I think he can do more with the vocals (addition of other voice, modify his own, etc) and the instrumentation (strings are beautiful, just do more after some years ^^". He proves that he can use synth, so why not pushing correctly the thing)
celsi03
50
m'lover and hey big star is great but, uh, this thing is kind of a mess, i guess? idk? help?

favorite tracks:
-m'lover
-hey big star
-statues in a gallery
TheRootBoy
53
So boring and a disappointing album in an attempt to make enchanting music Kishi Bashi once did.
plowo
81
Magical pop music
66
I enjoy the vocals and melodies here, but I think Kishi Bashi's tunes worked a lot better with arty string arrangements than with the synth-y, disco-ish soundscape here, which sounds a bit trend-baiting.
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Track List

  1. M’lover
  2. Hey Big Star
  3. Say Yeah
  4. Can’t Let Go, Juno
  5. Ode to My Next Life
  6. Who’d You Kill
  7. Statues in a Gallery
  8. Why Don’t You Answer Me
  9. Flame on Flame (A Slow Dirge)
  10. Honeybody
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