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Kaito Hundred Million Love Years

There's a fine line between innovation and gimmick, and Hiroshi Watanabe, on his fourth full-length for Kompakt, sometimes crosses it. Hundred Million Love Years is the beat-less accompaniment (no percussion or bass) to his previous Hundred Million Light Years, an album full of warm, pop-flavored trance. On Love Years, Watanabe's layered synths sound lovely but they're without structure and indistinct from one another. The result is a little too chilled out. There are moments of beauty, but a little goes a long way; listening to the whole record is like making a meal of cotton candy: tasty, but too airy to satisfy.

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