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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.

Customer Reviews

These guys are crazy/awesome

I love these guy's style so much because their rhythms are so.. irregular at first, filled with many break beats and riffs that make you say "are you serious??" But then they'll come in with this beautiful melody that makes you say, "ooo that's nice". Also I like how with some of their songs you hear a sense of electronica but they really mix everything together like punk, funk and everything. I think they can be more than a cult favorite now. Anyway, my favorite songs on this album are Asobi, Weekend, Idiot Funk And these guys are so crazy, I hope to see them live someday.


This album has so many different elements to it that work so well. So creative and a great listen.


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 them to new levels of critical and commercial success and proving a critical link...
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