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Utakata

Chara

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20 Years of Chara!

Chara's 20th anniversary as a musician draws to a close with both a whisper and and bang. Her second self-produced album since the rare and nigh-unaccessable "Something Blue", "Utakata" focuses more on Chara's abilities as one of Japan's most prolific singer-songwriters.

The album begins with a quiet, but at the same time rocking opening, appropriately titled "Feeling Feeling". It is followed closely by the piano ballad known as "Magic View", a peek into her lyrical magic. "Eien O Shiranaika" serves as a good mini-song, along the vein of "This Is My Car". It tides the listener over as the album proceeds to its natural middle. Despite its name, "Oshiete" is sung entirely in English. It also has a nice guitar sound, though at times, it can be too quiet. The next song, "Mayonaka No Yakusoku" is a happy, boppy little tune that will have you moving your head to and fro to the simple, but ultimately satisfying beat. The tune that follows, "Wakannai", is another slow piano ballad that builds up to a peak and gently lets the listener fall into the downy pillow of its words. All of this leads up to the final song, "Aishtai Na". A well-paced piano ballad throughout, it provides a beautiful conclusion as the listener is taken to new heights of musical bliss.

So far, "Utakata" is turning out to be one of Chara's best work and a magnificent way to close an important year in her career as a musician. I would highly recomment this album to anyone who is curious about Japanese music. Here is to twenty more years of Chara!

Appealing, Sultry Voice

Chara's voice is certainly unique...quite appealing and attractive. Some may criticize her lack of power as it seems she is just whispering the words, but in the process, she executes them well. Her style is such that you can be alone with for hours and be happy. I wish she'd use a picture on her album.

Where is ?

Why can we not get more Chara on US iTunes? ugh, I want more.

Biography

Genre: J-Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With her crazy shock of hair, baby doll pout, mature lyrics, and distinctive voice — somewhere between a lispy squeak and a husky groan — Chara is one of the most interesting female vocalists working in Japan, whose music has stood outside the two main trends of her country's...
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Utakata, Chara
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: J-Pop, Music
  • Released: Nov 02, 2011

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