She Rolled Her R’s

Songs: 145
Albums Represented: 50
Albums Complete in Library: 4

Despite the reference to Sloan’s song “Underwhelmed” on their album Smeared, I’m gonna talk about Akino Arai‘s collection album RGB.

Back in 2001 Cartoon Network aired the anime Outlaw Star. It was in this anime that I first heard Akino Arai’s music. Her songs 「昼の月」and 「月の家」(“Hiru no Tsuki” / Afternoon Moon and “Tsuki no Ie” / House of the Moon) were used as ending themes for said anime. I loved the ethereal sound of these songs, especially “Tsuki no Ie.” It wouldn’t be until 2002 that these songs appeared on an album, namely RGB. I didn’t know it at the time, but when I bought it, it had only been out for a few months. Actually, this album, and GACKT’s compilation album The Sixth Day, were the first CDs I bought using the legit online shop CD Japan. (←I highly recommend them.) My, how the time flies!

Now, I really wanted to share the track 「さかさまの虹」(“Sakasama no Niji” / Upside-down Rainbow), but it seems that Akino Arai’s version is not available on YouTube. There’s plenty of vids with a version by another singer, but I find her voice really annoying in comparison to the Sade-esque tones of Arai’s voice. Well, if nothing else, you could hear a preview of it on the iTunes Music Store!

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Songs: 23
Albums Represented: 2
Albums Complete in Library: 1

I can’t help but think of John de Lancie.

Well, it’s just the Smiths’ The Queen is Dead and Jurassic 5’s Quality Control here.

From the Smiths album…what can I say? No love song quite like a morbid one. I saw recently that some movie used a cover of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and while that version I thought was pretty crappy, maybe it’ll introduce the young’uns to the original.