艶華 review by 乱火

天城越え

Being a 名曲 in enka, naturally the expectation of Akina’s rendition of this track is demanding. The music arrangement was splendid, keeping the mood of the original track. Yet, Akina’s poetic approach gave it another world of interpretation, just like 私は風 from 歌姫. I would have to say that this is my favourite track in this whole album!

無言坂

Personally, I wanted to hear Akina sing this song badly, when it was decided to be included. To me, this song is one of my favourite enka song, also partly due to 玉置浩二 who composed the song.I guess Akina took a very different approach to this song, and also with a relatively different music arrangement compared to the original, I felt that Akina’s rendition could not bring out the images in the song. A very big disappointment for me alone, whereas the rest of the VAMPires seem to be enjoying this track.

氷雨

My impression of this song came from 日野美歌’s 1983 紅白 performance. A pleasant song which depicted a raining scene. I have to say that Akina managed to sustain that image of watching the rain goes while drinking 酒.

みちづれ

In my opinion, this is a very typical 演歌 tune. But somehow in Akina’s rendition, it turned into quite a 歌謡approach..which is enjoyable =)

空港

Upon first-time listening, it was quite difficult to decide whether this track is nice or not. However, after much listening, it simply grows on you and I come to realize that it is very much close to テレサ’s approach in singing, which I think Akina did very well !

越冬つばめ

This has to be my favourite 森昌子’s song. A technically demanding chorus, which I guess not many can do it well. Certainly, Akina has proven her powers! The music arrangement was true to the motif in the original music, yet with a modern touch.

悲しい酒

This track is a 苦手 for me. Both 美空ひばり and 明菜’s version.

舟唄

The intro is loyal to the original and I enjoy this track a lot! I guess it is not difficult to imagine 明菜’s voice in this 八代亜紀 song, as they share commonalities in low vocals.

石狩挽歌

Nice try! Enjoyable I would say!

矢切の渡し

The music arrangement took away the original 演歌 taste, but added an ethnic flavour. Overall, I enjoy Akina’s version more than the original =)

夜桜お七

This has to be the second best music arrangement in the album, after 天城越え. Full of dramatic building up to chorus and a wonderful usage of instruments to create the exotic atmosphere. Lastly, glad that Akina handled the さくら、さくら part well and not 土. Haha!

以上、乱火’s 2 cents worth.

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

5 thoughts on “艶華 review by 乱火

  1. just received my cd hot in singapore; generally she did well 80%….i love yakiri no watashi best….nice arrangement

    cheers

  2. Thanks for the review.

    Yes, 天城越え is my favourite too. I just love the way she pushes me right to the edge with those heart wrenching vocal nuances. I can almost imagine Akina quivering all over while singing this song.

  3. Hmmmph… my CDs haven’t even been shipped yet. Must resist the desire to download the leak… 😦

  4. "Lastly, glad that Akina handled the さくら、さくら part well and not 土. Haha!"

    Good point! 100% agree.

  5. This is a wonderful review, 乱火. I think we should invite everyone to write a review of every song too. I will wait a few more days before I do so. What’bout you Danny?

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