Shibata Jun Made Her Debut Austerely
Oort Cloud” is a spherical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals believed to be surrounding the Sun. Oh, what an epic name! It also means the first studio album of Shibata Jun; a Japanese female singer-songwriter in pops who made her debut in 2001.
Shibata Jun, I believe she is a right successor to ZARD and Imai Miki since I don’t find extra adornment about her songs and herself. There is nothing but Shibata Jun’s nature.
Released on Mar. 20, 2002
01. Isn't There Something Good
02. My Friend
04. Let's Go Home Together
05. On the Beach at Night...
06. The Way to Home
07. Just a Little Bit
08. The Lingering of the Stars
09. Transparent Moon
10. It Nevertheless is My Road
※Blue underlines mean my recommendations.
All Song Written by Shibata Jun
Moreover, she mostly shows pop songs of fine quality although it is her debut album released in 2002.
It is very reasonable, because one of the executive producers is Mr. Kaneko who had managed Amin; a female Japanese pop duo. He might’ve inherited the naturalistic taste until 2001.
Shibata Jun doesn’t play anybody else in her music, like Shiina Ringo does so. But her songs don’t have us feel spiritual awakening like Nakajima Miyuki’s ones.
Her lyrics always stay so close to us, that is to say, it shows flesh and blood. The starter, “Isn't There Something Good” sings as this. ♪ I have been kind of cross-grained to no small extent, which has obstructed my judge of character. I want to trust somebody if it won’t make a fool of myself. I want to make my dreams come true if it will do.
“Oort Cloud” peaked at #59 on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart in 2002. But it is all right. She is not a star but a pop song artisan. Listening to “The Way to Home,” you will know by the sense of melody. As the name shows, the album is right to be shiny so far away from the earth.
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