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Junko Akimoto – Aisuru Hito no Tame ni September 24, 2009

Filed under: Junko Akimoto — solarblade @ 4:23 am

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Track Listing

  1. Woman, Nin Toshite
  2. Kokoro no Guitar
  3. Time Machine de Ai ni Kite
  4. Sabaku no Bara no You ni…
  5. Toki no Scenario
  6. Ai ga Jukusu Made [with Yuutaira Hanoka]
  7. Kanabun no Blues
  8. Nidome no Hatsukoi
  9. Ai no Uta Uri
  10. Niji no Kanata
  11. Stay~Ika Naide
  12. Tasogare Love again

1. Woman, Nin Toshite

I’m still getting used to enka as a style to listen to, but it’s so much easier than listening to JERO.  Aisuru Hito no Tame ni begins with Woman, Nin Toshite and as the first vocal track, Junko clearly impressed me with her smooth and sultry vocals.  The horns add this mysterious feeling to the song that sounds cool.  Good start for the album.

2. Kokoro no Guitar

The next track off the album, Kokoro no Guitar is a bit more of a ballad track with of course acoustic guitar and piano.  It’s a little bit empty, but when the solo’s without her appear, the song sound fuller.  So in honesty, this song is a little bland.

3. Time Machine de Ai ni Kite

I really like the trumpet solo at the beginning that comes with the ticking.  It also sounds like Junko is trying for a more happier tune and she got it somewhat right.  Her vocals do sometimes sound a little vague and monotone, but somehow it’s really nice to see a little bit of fun in her songs.  An early favorite.

4. Sabaku no Bara no You ni…

I really like the desert theme of our next track.  You can thank the brass group for putting that image into my head.  Junko also sounds so much more livelier here and shows some sweet singing here.  Could it be the smartest song she’s released besides “Ai no Mama de…”?

5. Toki no Scenario

Rather having positive feeling ballads, Toki no Scenario proves to be the other way around.  It sounds quite foreboding and Junko emanates sadness quite smoothly.  The song doesn’t lose any steam and it’s nice that she’s getting more louder and profound as time goes by the song, it’s a nice touch…Good tune.

6. Ai ga Jukusu Made [with Yuutaria Hanaoka]

The next track looks to be a collaboration.  It is rather a more chilled version of “Woman, Nin Toshite” and that might be nice to know, but Hanaoka ruins the song with his nasally vocals that sound terrible mixing with Junko’s nice vocals.  It creates a rather uncomfortable rift.  I’m not enjoying this song much.

7. Kanabun no Blues

It’s the first time hearing Junko under an electric guitar arrangement and it’s rather reminescent to some of JERO’s song becuase they also have an electric guitar leading.  It’s rather strange hearing Junko going through the chorus repeating ~bun, bun, bun~.  It’s rather distracting, but it has it’s own charm that’s catchy.

8. Nidome no Hatsukoi

So many slow songs on this album.  Nidome no Hatsukoi has a bit of an islandy sound to it that made me interested to hear where it was going.  It once again shows Junko singing smoothly and fits the mood just right.  Wished it was a little more upbeat, but what can you do about it?

9. Ai no Uta Uri

I really liked the fact she added the Russian-like B-side from “Tasogare Love again”.  Maybe it’s the fact she used accordion again to make it stand out on the album, but damn was this one of her better songs off the album.  She sounds really pretty in this song and the arrangement sounds adventurous almost, so good!

10. Niji no Kanata

I think it’s a first to hear an orchestral opening to Junko’s album and with a nice acoustic guitar opening to push that idea forward too.  Sadly, it’s rather bland since there’s already ballads all over the album, and this hardly stood out to me.

11. Stay~Ika Naide

Is it funny that I think this track reminds me of Dollet music from Final Fantasy VIII?  Besides Junko’s singing the song reminds me of that tune.  After the opening, the songs just goes into blandville again since nothing besides the opening stood out again. 

12. Tasogare Love again

Ending off the album is the era’s only A-side.  I just love the flow of this song and Junko did a great job singing along with the melody.  I still think the chorus is the catchiest part of the song and oddly enough her strongest part.  While it may be the loner single for the album, she chose a great song to represent it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Sabaku no Bara no You ni…
  • Time Machine de Ai ni Kite
  • Tasogare Love again
  • Ai no Uta Uri

Song of Avoidance

  • Ai ga Jukusu Made [with Yuutaira Hanoka]

Junko’s 3rd album didn’t show as much personality as “Second Story” but at least it’s still an alright group of tracks that shows Junko off.  It’s sad that the lone single altogether is better than the album tracks here cept two that really stood out.  Maybe it’s me but she quickly is past her high-time after “Ai no Mama de…”

 

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