Prism review by Five For Magazine

Reviewed by Sabrina, Five For Magazine
Perhaps you’ve never heard traditional Japanese instruments, or perhaps you have and found their sound too disparate for Western tastes. Well, step back and try again, my friend, because this is the album for you! Even long-time fans of shamisen music, or even just fans of the Yoshida Kyoudai (or, Yoshida Brothers, as they are known internationally) will be amazed by the breadth of talent on this album. Not only have the Yoshida Brothers once more extended the boundaries of their genre explorations, but they have also assembled a number of skilled guest artists to accompany them on their journey through whooping your ass with sound.
Right from the beginning, “The National Anthem” will rock you out of your seat. Rather than, as expected, being a simple rehash of Japan’s national anthem, this song instead belongs to no other country than the Land Of Awesome. This is definitely the edgiest song they’ve ever made in their 10-year careers (and has been on my top-ten list since its first listen-through).
“Seven” keeps the rock vibe flowing, and mixes influences from bluegrass to rockabilly into its more classic-rock feel. Bjork fans would enjoy the vocal experimentations of “One Long River” (which, ironically, isn’t all that long after all, being the second-shortest song on the album). The smooth, pseudo-Celtic sounds of “Red Bird” give the listener a nice, quiet chance to catch their breath and wonder at the similarities to the Braveheart theme.
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