last night, the VAMPires gathered at Ranbi’s abode for a mini listening party of "Raka Ryushui", transatlantic no less. Jamez who’s in Oz attended the party too. ahhh, the wonders of technology.
the party turned out to be a huge success when both sides plugged into Akina’s latest and much anticipated offering. the verdict? my hands were clammy and my bumpy heart went into overdrive from the get-go. THIS IS AKINA NAKAMORI IN HER BEST FORM.
the song unleashed riff after riff of engaging elements…between hooks that are to die-for, flashes of "shes back!" and "oh my goodness" filled any cogntive ability i had remaining as my aural sense hogged all of my central processing unit…
i was screaming inside, and i swear tears were forming in me (it’s silly, but i am dropping cathartic tears of joy as i’m typing this now, with RR blasting the roof and walls down – sorry neighbours, but you should be at work?)…but i restrained as the song wasn’t even half way through!
of course, seeing frames of Jamez bobbing to the ferociously arranged song on screen, together with us…and that proud smile hanging off the corners of his handsome face just completed the picture. we were in tune. Akina doing her magic, bringing like-minded fans and afficionados together in a most beautiful manner. the strings in her song are more binding than she can ever imagine.
man, this song is intense, i tell you.
later, we caught up with Joy and Hamu in town over dins, and i tried imposing this question on the latter: "When was the last time you were so exhilarated by an Akina single?"
we searched our individual databanks and the only resonance i could master was "Kisei ~ Never Forget". even that was a grower, and not a wham-bam-hit-you-like-a-truck-puncher. you see, Akina’s singles have been consistently above average in the last few years…but nothing encaptured like she used to with hits like DESIRE, Nanpasen, and Dear Friend.
speaking of which, now i know the answer to my own question.
the last time a single got me into such a state of breakdown (in a good sense of course) was "Dear Friend". it was her return. her gift to her fans she had forsaken and who had worried themselves sick over her attempt to end it all. i spun that cd over and over and over and over and over again. it was the only cd i played for two full weeks. at least.
today, she’s offered us a gem so rare i know i will be eternally thankful as a fan.
from a fan and follower who’s brimming with pride and joy.
i’ve missed you so much. and welcome back, Akina.