荒井由実* ‎– Cobalt Hour

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ETP-72071 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(LP, Album) Express ETP-72071 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
ZA-1555 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(Cass, Album) Toshiba Records ZA-1555 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
ALC-504 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(Cass, Album, RE) Alfa ALC-504 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-4004 Yumi Arai Cobalt Hour(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Alfa ALR-4004 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-4004 Yumi Arai Cobalt Hour(LP, Album, RE) Alfa ALR-4004 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
32XA-123 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-123 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32XA-123 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-123 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
34A2-30 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, RE, 24K) Alfa 34A2-30 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
ALCA-5243 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-5243 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TOCT-10713 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, RE, RM) Express TOCT-10713 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
TYCT-69033 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Express, Universal Music TYCT-69033 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
ETP-72071 荒井由実* Cobalt Hour = コバルト・アワー(LP, Album, RP) Express ETP-72071 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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cobalthour

cobalthour

October 31, 2018
edited 8 months ago
referencing Cobalt Hour, LP, Album, ETP-72071
Yuming's third album shows her in an experimental phase. While she had already shown an interest in dabbling in multiple genres on her first two albums, that predisposition is more pronounced here. The result is a very diverse selection of tracks that unfortunately does not quite cohese as well as her first two albums. However, the tracks themselves remain consistently strong, making for a very listenable album overall. (I mean, there is a reason I chose my username based on its title.) The other thing you'll notice is that the songwriting is even more pop-oriented and hooky this time around. However, the musicianship is as strong as ever, so it certainly doesn't feel like Yuming "sold out" or compromised herself as an artist.

Album Highlights:
*Cobalt Hour (A funky number drenched in Rhodes piano and Yumi's double-tracked vocals. A strong start to the album and one of Yuming's catchiest tracks.)
*Soutsugyou Shashin (One of the artist's signature songs. A mellow '70s ballad that could easily have become corny and dated, but ends up being timeless. This is chiefly due to its bluesy arrangement and an impassioned vocal from Yuming, both of which unlock the beauty of the song's melody.)
*Hanakikou (Short and simple, but quite beautiful with it's baroque-style melody and keyboard-reliant arrangement. Something about the stripped-back style allows Yuming's understated vocal performance to really shine.)
*Rouge no Dengon (Another signature song and Yuming's first real hit. It's got a heinously catchy '50s throwback beat, a memorable hook, and some surprising black-comedy-esque lyrics. You may also recognize it from the opening credits of the film Kiki's Delivery Service.)
*Koukai Nisshi (A song that seems fairly middling on first listen, but gradually reveals itself to be a deeply affecting ballad. Very jazzy, with some drop-dead gorgeous orchestra work.)
*Africa e Ikitai (An intriguing and explosive finale. The jazz-funk style is a good fit for Ms. Arai and the session musicians, and the song is unusually complex for a pop song.)