If I were to write up this review for a Japanese website, there would be no need to do any history or back ground on Tomoyasu Hotei. With millions of record sales under his belt, famous does not explain his stature in his home country. Contrast that to what may well be the smallest show he has performed in years with just a few hundred present at The Lexington in London. You may ask why someone would leave all of that behind and his response is certainly a worth one. He says; In Japan, my career can only go down right now. In the UK, my career can only go up.”
Back to the Start is a great return from a band that has remained largely inactive since the release of their debut album way back in 1984. That album was of course the cult AOR classic Shaft of Light, which still fails to get it’s due recognition. Not from me though as it is one of my favorites of the genre and would easily sit proudly amongst my top twenty AOR albums of all time.