Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Planet Seven Review

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Release Date: January 28, 2015

Track Listing

  1. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!
  2. R.Y.U.S.E.I.
  3. S.A.K.U.R.A.
  4. Glory
  5. C.O.S.M.O.S. ~Akizakura~
  6. Link
  7. Wedding Bell ~Subarasahiki Kana Jinsei~
  8. Summer Dreams Come True
  9. All LOVE
  10. Kaze no Naka, Aruki Dasu
  11. O.R.I.O.N.
  12. O.RI.O.N. –Maozon @ASYtokyo remix-

Review

Planet Seven is the fifth album from the third generation of J Soul Brothers and features the singles S.AK.U.R.A., R.Y.U.S.E.I., C.O.S.M.O.S. ~Akizakura~, O.R.I.O.N. and Eeny meeny miny moe.

This album arrives fresh off the 2014 Japan Record Award for R.Y.U.S.E.I. and follows the trend of going into EDM for the music. There are few traces of R&B, Hip-Pop, and Soul found on their previous outings.

That could be disappointing for fans that expect the “soul” part of the group’s name to be fulfilled. But that doesn’t mean that this is full of similar-sounding, generic dance tracks. The familiar stamp of the J Soul Brothers is still there.

You just have to dig a bit into the album to find it. And that would be the middle section, where things begin to slow down. So it’s not like their core sound was completely abandoned. Instead, think of the EDM as a complimentary piece to the group’s repertoire.

Given that the majority of this album has already been released on the 5 singles that preceded it, there isn’t a lot new for long-time followers of the group to warrant a purchase other than having a complete discography.

But if you’re curious as to why this group won the Japan Record Award and have not invested time in listening to their music, this may be a good starting point for you.

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