â€œThe Day I Wasnâ€™t Attackedâ€ is a perfect piece of melodic rock, with Julianâ€™s vocals taking a dominant position, while the instrumentation provides the perfect highlighting for everything that Sakata does on the track. The strong opening to â€œSee?â€ continues with the discâ€™s second track, â€œSuffer The Youngâ€. â€œSuffer The Youngâ€ shows Sakataâ€™s vocals as being influenced by the past and present in pop music, taking on hints of Jakob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright, and even singers like Billy Joel and John Mellencamp. The pomp of the instrumentation on â€œSuffer The Youngâ€ matches perfectly Sakataâ€™s vocals, and together, these constituent parts make a track that listeners will remember for months to come.
â€œThe Restoration of a Childâ€™s Robotâ€ is a track that continues to create a coherent sound for â€œSee?â€, but is important in that it shows that Sakata can take on a number of styles and approaches without losing his own unique sound. â€œThe Restoration of a Childâ€™s Robotâ€ has a slower tempo, and the instrumentation creates a more pensive, heavy sound. Where previous tracks did well in showing Sakataâ€™s emotions, it is â€œThe Restoration of a Childâ€™s Robotâ€ that hammers home the intensity in which Sakata delivers emotions on â€œSee?â€. Unlike many other artists, who tend to taper off towards the end of their albums, Sakata keeps his nose to the grindstone during the latter half of â€œSee?â€. This means that â€œToastâ€, one of the final cuts on â€œSee?â€, blends a very Spartan approach to instrumentation with a set of vocals that blends together equal parts Edwyn McCain and Bob Dylan to make something that is immediately classic, and is right up there with â€œSuffer The Youngâ€ in terms of quality.
â€œNo Good Byeâ€ is another track that lights up the second half of â€œSee?â€, adding a little bit of alt-country to the style that Sakata had nurtured and expanded on during the earlier tracks of the album. It is this ability to add in things that most would think incompatible, and make these inclusions so catchy, that is one of Sakataâ€™s strongest suits. Keep listening in for Sakataâ€™s music; new tracks will be on the soundtrack for Night Wedding, and a Sakata track were on the 2007 show â€œLove Monkeyâ€. Keep also in mind the upcoming Sakata tour, which will hit up a number of venues in both the United States and Europe in the next year.
Top Tracks: Toast, Turning
Julian Sakata â€“ See? / 2008 Rainstar / 12 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/juliansakata /