Hiroshima retreats to safety
At one time, Hiroshima lent legitimacy to the "smooth jazz" movement. While David Sanborn and Kenny G were putting out glorified Muzak, Hiroshima's brand of jazz-influenced pop had an edge to it, a sense of experimentation and risk-taking.
To judge by the band's new album, "Providence," those days are gone. The Japanese instrumentation remains, but the synthesis of Japanese and Western melodic structures which made Hiroshima's music so interesting is missing.
Hiroshima has fallen back into the pack, just another faceless band putting out safe, timid music. To be sure, the sweeping melodies, rich instrumentation and multi-layered harmonies are there, laid down over a funky backbeat. It all sounds nice; it's just that it also all sounds the same.
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