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Album Review

Having adapted to the loss of drummer Ahita Inazawa and bassist Hinata Hidekazu (and their replacement by Atsushi Matsushita and Ichirou Yoshida), the Zazen Boys' fourth album retreated a bit from the pure experimentalism of Zazen Boys III. The group moves toward electronica in Zazen Boys 4, with a tendency toward slicker production and a focus on the synthesizers, bass, and drums that normally make up dance tracks. Rather than sticking purely with dance music, though, the band continues to experiment with funk, and with punk aesthetics. It may be a musical turning point for the Zazen Boys, but one that they handle with musical grace.


Formed: 2003 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Named after a form of Buddhist meditation, Zazen Boys first appeared as a side project of Japanese musician Mukai Shutoku, the guitarist/vocalist of alt-rock band Number Girl, as an opportunity for Mukai to express some of his more diverse and experimental musical urges at a time when his other band was riding the crest of its breakthrough into the mainstream. After Number Girl's demise he revived the project, taking...
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