This is a such a special album. I don't know how he is able to pour such emotions into each song, especially with such simple hardware, but it's nothing short of stunning. It's beautiful from end to end, it's reserved and very relaxing. It isn't like it's one of those albums which sets out to be provocative, or overly emotive. It's just his style, and it feels completely natural. It isn't gaudy in the way some "uplifting" music can be. It's melancholic but not sad, plus a lot more, it's odd to explain! I personally like listening to this album and thinking of it like a pleasant day dream. Preferably with a nice drink in the afternoon on a cloudy day. But the beauty in this album just makes it so enjoyable, it always brings a smile to my face. Like remembering a past love or fond memories of an old pet who has passed away or something. You know, things which you miss deeply but still make you happy for having experienced them.
To actually talk about the album, the sounds used are sublime (no pun intended), not a single one is out of place and each compliments each other better than the last. He really works magic using his two Roland SC-88Pros (which adds a lot to the coherency of the album as a whole). Add that to really captivating yet reserved arrangements and composition, I find it hard to grow tired of any individual track. Each is as fresh as the last, like a breath of ocean air. He has some mastery of music theory which allows him to use the feelings of notes to provoke feelings and moods very consistently from song to song. Something apparent in all of his works. Which makes for a very coherent and flowing album, which I personally think is very important. It's part of why I admire his albums so much, Lust in particular. You can listen to a given track off of it and be mesmerized, but the real "magic" is when you listen to it from start to finish. Which is (imo) how all great albums should be. It makes the album an incredibly pleasant journey, one which I don't think I will ever tire of taking.
Also to add, Haruomi Hosono's contributions to the album in the song, Owari No Kisetsu. I'm unsure if it's him or Rei singing (my ears are broken) but who ever adds the vocals to the song fit so incredibly well. Oddly one of the few times I wish an album had more vocals on it.
Honestly, the Lust album is one everyone should listen to in their lifetime to catch a glimpse of this mans wonderful work (my teary eyed admiration aside). I personally feel slightly ashamed for not owning it sooner, as it only took me 3 years after his passing to buy it. Highly recommend everyone to check out this wonderful album!
Since I am a bit slow and didn't look things up, I would like to add the correction that Owari No Kisetsu is a cover of a song by Haruomi Hosono from his classic Hosono House album. I haven't listened to the album in a while and meant to make this edit sooner. But time makes fools of us all.