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Old 2019.05.31, 06:11 AM   #131
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^ and the worst part is: Maaya Sakamoto's anime songs usually sound way better than this (especially those composed by Iwasato Yuuko)
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Old 2019.05.31, 08:48 AM   #132
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Originally Posted by deadgrandma View Post
Aaaand... it's practically the same song. Again. How many times, Ringo? HOW MANY TIMES!
It's samey but I dig it. The vocal melody seems memorable and SAPS is a reliable collaborator. The track seems well balanced and I get similar vibes to Usurahi Shinjuu. Plus it doesn't hurt that Maaya Sakamoto sounds like a solid vocalist. If Ringo is going to continue down this path, at least she's had better taste in vocalists.

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I'd LOVE to hear an opinion of someone who's never heard the singles previously, but good luck finding that person, right?
Totally! Which is tricky since for the most part it seems like people writing reviews are closer followers of Ringo's. I'm sure I'd have had a better experience listening to the album without the context of the past few years (and to a lesser extent with SUNNY perhaps). It's not a great feeling to view fandom is a limitation on my enjoyment however...

Really I would love to read translations of the album's lyrics since I'm sure there's more depth to the album as my perception is somewhat limited as a foreign listener. E.g. if Ma Cherie is about vanity, then I can see how it ties in to the theme of greed, etc.
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Old 2019.05.31, 09:53 AM   #133
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Here's Shiina Ringo and Sakurai Atsushi performing Kakeochi-mono on Music Station: Link

Also, a blast from the past: A clip of TJ playing Gunjou Biyori back in 2004:
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Old 2019.05.31, 11:17 AM   #134
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i cant believe its been fucking 15 years since gunjou!!

she sounds great on kakeochimono i just wish i liked the song more lol
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Old 2019.05.31, 11:53 AM   #135
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I have an opinionated ex, though he's only heard the minimal of Ringo's stuff, he said he was interested in hearing her new album. I don't think he'll care for the older singles. I already think he'll like the HMZ song. For some reason it gives me Julian Casablancas/The Strokes vibes. I'll laugh if he ends up liking Jiyuudama, it feels so wild for his tastes.
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Old 2019.05.31, 01:44 PM   #136
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According to the liner notes, the album is "in memory of David Bowie, Pierre Barouh & Roy Hargrove"

I'm not a big enough fan to dissect the connection here although you can obviously make a conjecture based on the cover art (Bowie influence), her use of French (she's been a vocal fan of Pierre Barouh's way before she recorded 13 Jours au Japon), and love for big band / jazz (Hargrove influence). Wonder if there's anything else noteworthy about these individuals?

Otherwise, it looks like Robbie Clark is continuing to provide English translation, Saito Neko is still involved (he's conductor for Ma Cherie, Jiyuu-dom, and Menukidoori), and Midorin is still her regular drummer on multiple tracks. I wonder if the other members of Mangarama are involved in these sessions, although I can't be bothered to look into that right now.

Overall, the CD packaging is awesome. Japanese music fans are spoiled by these great standards for physical releases.
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Wasn't there rumours saying that Robbie Clark is actually Ringo herself when writing in English? I might be wrong though.
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Old 2019.05.31, 06:10 PM   #138
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Wasn't there rumours saying that Robbie Clark is actually Ringo herself when writing in English? I might be wrong though.
I remember talk of that around the time Sanmon Gossip came out. Was there ever confirmation? It's definitely plausible.
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Originally Posted by thespidereggs View Post
Here's Shiina Ringo and Sakurai Atsushi performing Kakeochi-mono on Music Station: Link

Also, a blast from the past: A clip of TJ playing Gunjou Biyori back in 2004:
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Her backing band makes me wish she had a duet with Yuu.

Originally Posted by thespidereggs View Post
I wonder if the other members of Mangarama are involved in these sessions, although I can't be bothered to look into that right now.
Yoichi Murata, the trombone player, arranged Nagaku/Kamisama and plays on the show tune tracks. To be honest, I kind of wish she'd freshen up things and work with a different band.

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