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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I generally don't like Japanese male singers. It may be a question of tastes, or it may be because the Japanese language is more adequate to be sung by women. Possibly this depends from the different language usage of Japanese male and female speakers. It may also depend on the fact that 90% of Japanese singers are writing their songs, or at least their lyrics, and it seems that female sensibility plays a major role here.

Yet, this guy is different. Suga Shikao is one of the few (very few, a couple I would say) Japanese male singers that I really like. He is simple and profound, his sound is sophisticated while his melodic lines are very nice to sing along, and he is skilled as a singer enough to be pleasurable to the ear, but not that much to loose himself in technical exploits.

This song has a very pleasant "metropolitan" sound, a bit retrĂ² but with elements of innovation, and the lyrics are pretty peculiar. Very non-japanese, if I may say, that is, very distant, if not opposite, from the usual thematics found in J-pop music.

Last but not least, this song is full of feeling, it can be heard through the words even if not knowing a word of Japanese. It is evident how much true must be this story.

Possibly one of the best songs Kokia has ever made. Her divine singing skills express the most in this slow song, very emotional, with every word floating by like a cherish on the listener. I think that Kokia may sing anything and it would be just beautiful, but this song is already beautiful on its own.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I already said that the "just do your best and everything will be fine" thematic is rather abused in Japanese POP music, yet I just can't stop loving this song. Maybe is because of the singer, Kokia; with her voice she could just sing anything and it would be still beautiful. Or maybe it's because the way she sings it: it's so direct, so hearty that's it's hard to think that she wasn't really believing in what she was singing. So she just drags you in.

The title means "dreams are strength" (or power, "chikara" means both). Kokia has recently made an acoustic (guitar only) version of this song; her voice in this latest version is nearly magic.