It is almost impossible to express what a Japanese female singer; Nakajima Miyuki is in a word. Some will say that she is a woman who has risen above gender. Other may Nakajima Miyuki is a female like Sada Masashi, mostly singing about sorrow and sadness. Whatever is right, you know.
Released on Nov. 11, 2015
Yamaha Music Communications
01. 36 Hours
02. Love Letter of Unconveyed Love
03. Leica M4
04. Ice Flower
05. The Sound of Sleet
06. As Long As the Sky Exists
07. The Rain Once More
08. Why & No
09. Resting Stone
10. LADY JANE
※Blue lines are my recommendations.
Produced by Seo Ichizo
Written by Nakajima Miyuki
“Suite” is her 41st original studio album released in 2015 November. That speaks fluently on her image we cannot explain well in a word. Strength, sorrow, tenderness and nobility… The 10 songs show a lot of sides of Nakajima Miyuki.
However, the album is neither her compilation nor returning to the source. For example, “The Sound of Sleet” will never be sung by quondam Miyuki. That song sounds tender but kind of freezing, like soft and fair goes far. Old and brand-new Nakajima Miyuki is exactly there.
It also means we can recommend this “Suite” to people who say “I have never listened to Nakajima Miyuki. Do you have any recommendations?” and who used to love to hear her once. Her greatness is that she can do it with her brand-new work.
Though this is just a grumble by a man, I guess increased are unrefined women all over Japan. On the other hand, Nakjima Miyuki has given us graceful lyrics full of poetic sentiment, which has me feel kind of glad. I bet many male listeners have felt like that.