YOHIO’s debut album “Break the borders” was released the other day. I haven’t purchased it yet, but from what I’ve heard I think it will be great.
The reviewer from Aftonbladet” (a big Swedish evening newspaper) is not that impressed though. Here follows a translation of his article. (The original in Swedish can be read HERE.)
What do you say? Is he too hard on YOHIO?
(If there’s any interest in me translating the movie clip in the article – adding subtitles – , please press like on this post so I know if it’s worth doing or not. ^^)
Yohio is more a ”look” than a ”sound”.
Friendly put, ”Break the border” can be described as “scraggly”.
In an article in DN (Swedish newspaper) from last Sunday, nine-year old Anna Garefelt describes why she’s been hooked on an androgynous guy from Sundsvall, a definition that probably says – as much as anything – about the musical manifestation.
– He sings very good and he has learned to speak Japanese by himself. And I like the pink in his hair.
It’s an eloquent description that illustrates the attractive force. At the same time as it’s impossible to not fall in love with the phenomenon YOHIO, it’s equally hard to whole-hearted love the artist behind the name.
The debut album by the multi-talented teenager that jumped into the Swedish song contest like a pushy “wasabi-pea” is rather a look than a sound. A flashy colorful and visual package by a musical product that friendly put can be described as “scraggly”.
In some kind of anti-genre where everything seems to be allowed, “Break the border” is such an incoherent product that the only thing that keeps it coherent is its lack of coherency. YOHIO likes to express himself with self-confident capital letters in the song titles (”MY MURDEROUS URGE”, ”REVOLUTION”, ”INNOCENCE”, ”ON THE VERGE”) but gets lost in the main execution between everything between Dubstep to Death core to light-goth to pop punk to sentimental “take-away-sushi”-music.
Not very elegant
A lot passes as purposive in a not very elegant way, while other tracks (the horrible ”Sakura Falling” for example) rather is Pokémon than Budokan.
That’s why it’s so hard to know exactly what YOHIO, the artist, really want to execute. And if his fans will gain more of the Jeff Loomis sound guitar performance “Aggressive beauty”, rather than the maker’s pink hair.
Best track: “Aggressive beauty”.
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