12 Songs, 52 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Digman ,

The brainchild of Sakamoto.

Sakamoto's unique style of new and old is appealing to audiences of all ages. His music presents the idealistic simplicity and graceful complexity that any artist could ever hope to attain. Each track conveys a message of strong emotion though a sinuous pattern of violin and piano. Simply, his art is masterful and encapsulating. This is the karma of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s classical style. Without a doubt, this album is his best to date.

MonsieurPinoy ,

Only for the smart and awesome...

...Sakamoto is simply brilliant. First enamoured of his work for the modern version of Wuthering Heights, I was pleased to come upon "1996" on this, the magic we call iTunes. For the connoisseur of all things good and beautiful, this sublime album is essential.

Radicalcon ,

One of Mr. Sakamoto's Finest

I first stumbled across Ryuichi Sakamoto during the last few minutes of the motion picture 'Babel'. After the first few seconds of Bibo No Aozora/ 04, Mr. Sakamoto had me hooked. Most of the music I have from him comes from this album, the little piece of heaven known as '1996'. Each track keeps hitting hard with beautiful sounds, bringing out true emotion with every beat, especially 'Rain' and 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'. Even if you're not a fan of the piano or violin, or dislike duets I still highly recommend this excellent piece of audio art.

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