Metaphorical Music

Metaphorical Music is Nujabes' first solo album released in 2003. It offers a combination of hip hop and instrumental jazz, and features artists like Shing02, Substantial, Five Deez and Cise Starr (of CYNE). Despite the fact that the album has contributing vocals from several artists, it is roughly classified as a breakbeat album.

Metaphorical Music
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2003 (2003-08-21)
LabelHydeout Productions
Nujabes chronology
Hydeout Productions 1st Collection
Metaphorical Music
Modal Soul
Professional ratings
Review scores
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Uyama Hiroto contributed to several notable tracks on the album, including Letter from Yokosuka and Next View, and would appear on subsequent albums Modal Soul and Spiritual State. Metaphorical Music received universal acclaim from fans of Nujabes and critics alike.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

1."Blessing It (Remix)" (featuring Substantial & Pase Rock)Nujabes3:23
2."Horn in the Middle"Nujabes4:08
3."Lady Brown" (featuring Cise Starr)Nujabes3:18
5."Highs 2 Lows" (featuring Cise Starr)Nujabes4:38
6."Beat Laments the World"Nujabes4:22
7."Letter from Yokosuka"Uyama Hiroto3:10
8."Think Different" (featuring Substantial)Nujabes3:17
9."A Day by Atmosphere Supreme"Nujabes3:59
10."Next View" (featuring Uyama Hiroto)Nujabes4:35
11."Latitude (Remix)" (featuring Five Deez)Nujabes3:56
12."F.I.L.O." (featuring Shing02)Nujabes3:31
13."Summer Gypsy"Nujabes4:19
14."The Final View"Nujabes3:35
Total length:62:30

Sample credits:

  • "Blessing It (Remix)" contains a sample of "Save Our Children" from the album Save Our Children by Pharoah Sanders
  • "Horn in the Middle" contains a sample of "Joshua" from the album Seven Steps to Heaven by Miles Davis
  • "Lady Brown" contains a sample of "The Shade of the Mango Tree" by Luiz Bonfá
  • "Beat Laments the World" contains a sample from Kip Hanrahan's "Make Love 2" and "Blessing It"
  • "Think Different" contains a sample of "Live for Life (Vivre Pour Vivre)" from the soundtrack of Live for Life by Francis Lai
  • "A Day by Atmosphere Supreme" contains a sample of "September Fifteenth (Dedicated to Bill Evans)" from the album As Falls Wichita, so Falls Wichita Falls by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
  • "Latitude (Remix)" contains a sample of "Clouds" by Gigi Masin
  • "F.I.L.O." contains a sample of "Deixa" by Baden Powell, played by Toquinho on "O Violão de Toquinho"
  • "The Final View" contains a sample of "Love Theme From 'Spartacus'" from the album Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef


  1. ^ Wolfe, Matt (May 2, 2007). "Album Review: Nujabes - Metaphorical Music". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

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