I admire the ambition and the singleness of purpose behind those records but I don’t actually enjoy listening to them that much, partly because I find his voice unappealing (but that’s obviously a personal thing). The arrangements are amazing of course but sometimes I feel they are all surface without much behind them. I’m aware that is a view that very much goes against the current critical consensus. Funny how these things change because they weren’t that highly rated at the time. I think they were underrated at the time and are overrated now.
Listening to the recent amazing reissues of Gentlemen Take Polaroids and Tin Drum reinforces my view that Japan are a far superior band.