Fantastic Plastic Machine
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Japan's Tomoyuki Tanaka, the man behind Fantastic Plastic Machine has had his hands in all sorts of projects in addition to his work as a musician. These interesting projects have clearly been a source of the assorted influences that he has integrated into his latest album. Tanaka was a former editor of various fashion magazines, hosted a radio show, and has been a DJ and artist for some time and for Beautiful, he transformed these influences into ultra-pop and positive-spirited material that will appeal to fans still wishing Pizzicato 5 or Dee-lite would reform.

The material is certainly not limited to the dance-floor but has a consistent party vibe throughout. He brought on such guest musicians as 77 year old jazz vocalist Bob Dorough and popular 70's singer Hirth Martinez to work with him and even relocated to Philadelphia to get the authentic R& B string sound.

While the vibe tends to run happier than a Telletubby at times, Tanaka has obviously found a way to combine the beats from his DJ experience and combine it with the kitsch and pop design of his fashion days. Big horns, flutes, strings, house rhythms and even his own humorous vocal contributions will send you running to flowery meadows in no time if that's where you want to go. -Justin Hardison

1. I Am Beautiful
2. Beautiful Days
3. Paragon
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5. On A Chair
6. Whistle Song
7. One Minute Of Love
8. Todos Os Desejos
9. I'm Still A Simple Man
10. Balck Dada
11. God Saved The Mona Lisa
12. Beautiful Days (Reprise)

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