New album release from J-pop duo Callin’ includes TV anime Zoku Natsume Yuujin-chou outro theme ‘Aishiteru’.
CD Title: ヒビノウタ Hibi no Uta
Artist: 高鈴 Callin
Date Released: 18-Feb-2009
Catalog No.: SRCL-6979
Label/Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
Number of discs (or other units): 1
Drawing of Natsume and Nyanko-sensei
Yes, I finally listen to the entire album a few times over. I love the overall feel of the music. It’s such a relaxing album. Some might complain such a laid back album would put them to sleep…but I digress and say what’s wrong with that. It’s a good album to sleep by…no kidding. You’ll have sweet and pretty dreams as a result (lol). I also strongly disagree that Yohko is better suited to singing preppy commercial pop songs. Now that would be a total waste of a good voice. You already have a dime, a dozen of half-baked female j-pop singers doing that.:-P
But seriously, this is the kind of album and music you can wind down to at the end of a stressful, tiring day…be it from work or school. It gives a very delicate acoustic vibe. Furthermore, lead vocalist Yohko sings really well and possess a lovely pleasant voice that gently caresses the songs she delivers. If you don’t already know, the duo that made up ‘Callin’ are vocalist, Yamamoto Yohko and guitarist, Yamaguchi Akihisa. Callin also composed all the songs on their new album.
01. Houseki ~ Short, sweet and mellow. Just lie back and listen to her voice and the solo piano playing with light strings. It melts you in the moment.
03. 愛してる ~ I dare add that this album contains one of Winter Season’s best ED themes in ‘愛してる’ – for TV anime Zoku Natsume Yuujin-chou. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful ending themes I heard as compared to all the other Winter ED themes I’ve listened to. The lyrics and the music along with the fabulous vocalizing made this one memorable and meaningful song.
04. Cherry Star ~ Very jazzy feel…the kind of song that makes you think you’re sitting on a street cafe along River Seine, watching the world go by.
07. Shishuu ~ Reminds me of a childhood lullaby.
08. Kirei ni na Are ~ This is the closest you’ll get to a commercial-pop feel from the album.
01. 宝石 Houseki (**click to listen)
03. 愛してる Aishiteru ~ Zoku Natsume Yuujin-chou ED (**click to listen)
04. チェリースター Cherry Star
05. 四角い部屋の迷路 Shikakui Heya no Meiro
06. カット Cut
07. 刺繍 Shishuu
08. きれいになあれ Kirei ni na Are
09. 涙なんかいらない Namida Nankairanai
10. すこしずつ Sunishizuto
11. アーチ Arch