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Album Review

Myv Pops was labeled as Miyavi's acoustic experiment, and, sure enough, its creator lived up to his word, centering every song around acoustic guitar and displaying formidable skills with the instrument in the process. However, the album also happens to have virtually nothing to do with the traditional "rock artist goes unplugged" type of thing in the vein of Nirvana's famed MTV Unplugged in New York performance. If anything, Myv Pops is reminiscent of Days of the New — the band that specializes in grunge rock, but replaces the electric guitar with an acoustic one. Miyavi did just that, only instead of grunge he had J-rock, which, in his case amounts to a particularly flamboyant and varied collection of songs including arena rock, blues, rockabilly, tango, and J-rock proper (think Glay or Bump of Chicken). This ragtag bunch of influences is firmly held together by, first, Miyavi's rough but strong voice, and second, the crisp production that sounds impeccable enough to belong to an idealized anime universe rather than the real world. Miyavi's compositional skills also leave little to be desired, and so — on the whole — the experiment is a definite success. However, while Myv Pops excels in songwriting, it's pretty weird from a stylistic standpoint: more often than not, the guitar playing — supposedly the focal point of the music — is obscured by rich rock arrangements to the point that it could be replaced by a didgeridoo and not change a thing. Some songs, like the huge and bouncy opener or "Gigpig Boogie," would obviously have sounded more natural if Miyavi just gave it up and used electric guitar — as he actually does in "Kimi Ni Negai Wo." There are places where the acoustic sound is quite prominent, but on the whole, it's better to not place a lot of importance on the whole "experiment" thing and simply enjoy this nice J-rock ride instead.

Customer Reviews

Always a special place in my heart..

The only complaint I have about MYV's major releases on iTunes are the titles. They should have just left them in their native language IMO. However, a very small gripe.. tis the music that matters to the heart! Speaking of which, this album will always be dear to me. kimi ni negai wo (When I Wish Upon You) was the very first song by Miyavi I ever heard and reminds me so very much of my closest friend. For that reason, this will always be my "spirit" song. Another flawless album by MYV. I sure hope to see more from him here in the USA.


I was determined not to become a Miyavi much for that. He is an extraordinary artist; don't be confused by his eccentric looks. He is the real deal, a real artist with soul and a huge musical range that blows away most of the pop here in America. I hope this is a sign that iTunes will add more Jrock to it's store. Thanks!


This, and all of Miyavi's songs are amazing. A good suggestion would be Senor Senora Senorita, and When I Wish Upon You, which is an epic song in it's entirty. Amazing. Love. Nothing else describes this album. Buy it before I eat you.


Genre: Rock

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Miyavi has the look and ambition of a manga/anime rock star, but he also has songs to back up his flamboyantly presented projects, mixing acoustic pop, blues, and hip-hop elements into his eccentric blend of rock. Miyavi is half Japanese and half Korean, although he grew up in Japan, aspiring to be a soccer player as a kid. His sports career was cut short by an injury at the age of 15, and so he switched to rock music. He debuted on the professional scene at 18, appearing in 1999 as Miyabi, the guitarist...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, World
  • Released: Aug 02, 2006

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