Christmas Eve Release

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A second newspaper source confirms the Christmas Eve release for Akina’s new cover album.

Xマスイブにリリース明菜が歌う70年代フォーク

歌手、中森明菜(43)がXマスイブにフォークの名曲をカバーしたアルバム「フォーク・ソング-歌姫・叙情歌」をリリースすることになった。

累積出荷100万枚を突破したカバー・アルバム「歌姫」3部作、そして演歌を歌った「艶華」に続く名曲集で、「誰もが口ずさめる曲を歌いたい」という明菜の希望から7月に制作をスタートしたという。

収録曲はりりィ「私は泣いています」、風「22才の別れ」など11曲。松山千春の「恋」は80年の作品だが、明菜はデビュー当時から千春の大ファンで、今年6月に千春がツアー先で倒れたことに心を痛め、早期の回復を祈って歌ったという。

音楽評論家の富澤一誠氏は「70年代のフォークの世界と明菜のキャラクターはピッタリ合っている。しかも、明菜が歌うことで新鮮さが生まれるかもしれない。りりィのハスキーボイスと明菜のボーカルは意外に合うかもしれませんね。早く聴いてみたい」と話している。

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.

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.

14 thoughts on “Christmas Eve Release

  1. Hey ya’ll:
    I just ordered my copies from CDJapan and really look forward to this new release. I ordered the regular and the limited type A in support of my favorite singer of all time. I pray that this album will shoot to the top of the chart upon release.

  2. Optimism is good. I just hope that she comes out of her shell and does some proper promotion on TV. Since it is a day before her final dinner show, she really doesn’t have too many excuses, after such a lazy year, to not appear on TV again. I’m praying for that as well!!

  3. Akina attended a radio show in 九州 today and she made a comment that another cover album is in the pipeline (apart from this FOLK SONG cover album release). Its theme is “ムード歌謡アルバム”= Mood Kayou Album…and she will also perform songs from this upcoming release in the dinner show!!! HURRAY!

  4. This is great. As much as we love Akina’s original material. I don’t mind cover songs by Akina at all. I believe if she cannot get a good song writer, it’s better to go with a cover songs as long as they are done well.

  5. Thanks for your update, Ranbi san. ムード歌謡アルバム … finally!

    actually mostly 歌謡 was the one that most of us were more looking forward to than enka. I wonder what songs will she cover? I agree with Patrick that it is too difficult to get new and good songs now. If the top singers can’t even get good songs, what chances does Akina realistically have?

    I like cover albums because at least I can guarantee that the songs will be nice, if I know the songs. Original material can be hit or miss, and mostly miss nowadays, This trend is obvious by the number of single songs that singers nowadays have to include in their “original” albums.

    I loved the way Akina used to have none, so that she maintains the concept of the album. The single then becomes the creme de la creme of the crop (most of the time with some exceptions). Nowadays, customers are lucky they get more than five or six new songs on the album.

    I think she is also very clever to use this tactic over radio to entice her fans to come to her dinner show. Who cares if she is recycling old clothes as long as she is singing new material. Bring back the 歌姫!

  6. Another unrelated note: I wonder what happened to the song that 井上陽水 “promised” her? It was reported yesterday that he has written a new song for 宮沢りえ. Not that their style is similar, but I wonder if they are still “friends”.

  7. I am expecting her new album and new voice. As I have met my friend reporter yesterday (news reporter for Japanese artists), he told me that Akina had throat operation this early Spring, that’s why she did not have any production for this year..hope she can make good record for this album…

  8. Wei- If the report is true, i’m very excited! I think usually the recovery time is much longer though especially to do a dinner show consecutively. In any case, I’m sure we will be able to tell by listen to her new songs soon.

  9. What the heck is “Mood Kayou” anyway? I hate it that he had to release the same type of Kayou (assuming there are other types)!!

  10. Mood Kayou is kinda like a mix between POP and Enka~ they all kinda sound the same~ the songs are usually very nostalgic about sorrow or old memories~ it’s nice~ I still really like dramatic rain! ahaha

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