The second new song is arranged by Yoichi Murata, so no doubt it'll be another jazz number. I'm wondering if the first song will be similar to her early material since it's on Disc 1.
Originally Posted by thespidereggs
Totally. The timing is definitely awkward.
I was wondering what she might be leading up to with her promotions and festival performances, and if this is it call me disappointed. I'll still buy it though because, hey, it's probably the only Best album she'll ever release.
This might mean she's (1) cleaning house to make way for upcoming music, (2) actually
retiring, or (3) just planning on doing the same old yearly singles releases. My bet's on the third thing - she seems comfortable.
Somebody in the FB group mentioned her Universal contract may be coming to an end so this could be a convenient way to end the contract. I can't say I know enough about the details to know if that's pure speculation or not... but the Universal contract certainly coincided with both her most inactive yet cash-in heavy period. If this is true I'd like to think it could pave the way for projects she really wants to be doing (when was the last time she did anything as interesting as Doku Ichigo
?). Who knows
Maybe a Jihen reunion is on the way?