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Last updated 4.11.2001
Lucy
Catalog #: VICL-60702
Release Date: 3/28/01
Running Length: ~60 minutes

Lucy

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Track List
  1. Lucy
  2. Mameshiba
  3. Sutorobo no Sora
  4. Alkaloid
  5. Koucha
  6. Kinobori to Akai Skirt
  7. Life is Good
  8. Honey Bunny
  9. T-Shirt
  10. Kuuki to Hoshi
  11. Rule ~ Iro Asenai Hibi
  12. Watashi wa Okano Uekara Kabin wo Nageru
(Right click on highlighted tracks and select "Save Target As" to download sample mp3s. The mp3s are archived in Zip format. If you don't have a zip uncompression program, I recommend Winzip.)
Review
Lucy is Maaya's 3rd album, and it's her best in my humble opinion. What I found the most interesting about this cd is that the title song / first track, Lucy, is actually an instrumental piece. This is the first time I've ever heard a jpop cd with an instrumental piece at the beginning. It's quite a nice piece, although that's not surprising considering that Yoko Kanno composed all the music for this album.

The 2nd track is Mameshiba, which was previously released as a single. Track 3 is Sutorobo no Sora, a more soulful song compared to Mameshiba. It actually starts up slow, but then speeds up about 1 minute way thru. The change in beat really caught me off guard when I listened to some of the RealAudio samples on Maaya's official site. There was a sample on her homepage and then another sample in the Porori Ohkoku web radio show. I listened to both samples, and thought they were from totally different songs.

Moving along to track 4, we have Alkaloid. This is an upbeat song with some nice vocal backgrounds. With Koucha, this album slows down again. Maaya once again sings some nice backgrounds, but in English for this song. The 5th track is Kinobori to Akai Skirt, which Maaya seems to sing with a higher pitch. I'd call this the "kawaii" song on Lucy. Listening to this song always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Hitting the halfway point of Lucy, we come to Life is Good. This is the requisite English song that seems to accompany every album Maaya releases. As implied by the song title, it's very upbeat. I don't think this is one of Maaya's best English songs, but it still pretty good in general. Track 8 is Honey Bunny, another upbeat song. I'm not sure what the lyrics "I wanna be your honey bunny" are supposed to mean, but I'm guessing a rough translation would be "I wanna be your sweetheart".

The 9th track is T-Shirt, which is a slow, soulful song like Sutorobo no Sora. It starts off slow, but then picks up the tempo a couple times. Kuuki to Hoshi is the companion track on the Mameshiba single, and is the 10th track on Lucy. What's interesting about this song is that there's a different version used in the Chikyuu Shouja Arjuna soundtrack. The Arjuna version is sung in a different language (not English).

Track 11 is Rule ~ Iro Asenai Hibi. After a couple slow / moody songs, Maaya lightens up this cd with Rule. The last track on Lucy is Watashi wa Okano Uekara Kabin wo Nageru, which is another favorite of mine on the album. What I really like about this song is when the tempo changes and the vocal backgrounds kick in, and then Maaya starts singing back to back to back with her backgrounds. It just sounds so cool to me.

Liner Notes

Track notes
All music by Yoko Kanno
Tracks 2-5, 8, 9, 12: lyrics by Maaya Sakamoto
Tracks 6, 10, 11: lyrics by Yuho Iwasato
Track 7: lyrics by Tim Jensen

Lucy's Musicians
Keyboards: Yoko Kanno
Drums: Yauo Sano
Bass: Hitoshi Watanabe, Bakabon Suzuki
Guitars: Tsuneo Imahori
Synthesizer manipulating: Keishi Urata assisted by Seiichi Takubo
Kuchibue: Maaya
Saxophone: Naruyoshi Kikuchi
All backing vocals: Maaya
Angel voice: Chinatsu Yamamoto
Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki strings (in Tokyo)
Gavyn wright strings (in London)