A second newspaper source confirms the Christmas Eve release for Akina’s new cover album.
It doesn’t offer much new information except the date of release and the confirmation of some songs and the slight variation in title, which basically still says “sentimental songs”.
It is revealed that Akina started this project in July and her wish was to sing songs that people could hum to, which is why she chose 70’s folk music. Akina was also a big fan of 松山千春 (Matsuyama Chiharu) who was injured during his tour in Jun. She chose his 80’s number 「恋」, a bonus track for the album as a prayer for his early recovery.
In the final section, a music critic feels that the 70’s folk music world fits Akina’s character well, and believes that Akina might be able to breathe new life into this world. He doesn’t feel that Akina’s voice is similar to the husky voice of the singer りりィ, but he is interested to have an early listen to the album.
The other most interesting bit is the photo that is attached to the article. It is not a good photo of Akina but at least we see her whole face and it is new. I just don’t like her perming her fringe all the time.
After having more free time to listen to the Youtube performances of the original singers, I am enjoying the songs more, and I hope that the new producer will breathe some life into those songs, so that the album doesn’t sound too lifeless or just one note throughout.
Still, it is always good to know that she is still releasing new albums, albeit covers, and attempting new challenges. I am now looking forward to the cover art to see how she is going to make me break the bank by buying more than one copy. LOL.