Yamamoto Sayaka – identity Review

Yamamoto Sayaka identity CD Cover

Release Date: October 4, 2017

Track Listing

  1. JOKER
  2. Wings
  3. Yume no Koe
  4. Let’s go crazy
  5. Yubikiri
  6. Sandman
  7. Doushite Doushite
  8. Aiseyo
  9. Nando Demo
  10. Kassai
  11. Riku no Sakana
  12. Haru wa Mou Sugu
  13. Hotaru


It was probably only a matter of time until Yamamoto Sayaka released a follow up to her debut Rainbow. To have it come a year later is a bit of a surprise but welcome nonetheless.

For this outing show goes back to collaborating with music producer Seiji Kameda. The results are a continuation of the catchy Pop Rock sound that was defined on her debut. Songs such as lead single JOKER, Let’s go crazy and Doushite Doushite and good examples of what fans like about her solo work.

In addition there is a bit of tinkering of her sound that will take listeners a little outside of their comfort zone. Tracks like Wings, Yubikiri and Kassai are the songs to take note of in regards to this evolution of Yamamoto’s music.

So does identity stand up as a worthy follow up to Rainbow? For the most part it does. Some might find the experimental songs a little strange or out of place and the album does slow down in spots. Otherwise, it’s a perfectly fine piece of work that continues to showcase the type of artist Yamamoto is outside of the box that is the idol world.

identity (Regular Edition)

identity (Limited Edition)

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