Yoshii Kazuya, who had acted as a songwriter & vocal on a Japanese rock band The Yellow Monkey until they broke up in 2004, released his seventh original album “Starlight” on March 18, 2015. The limited edition includes the DVD which shows 12 songs from his concert held on December 28, 2014. Just like his past works, the analog record of “Starlight” also releases.
Released on March 18, 2015
TRIAD / Nippon Columbia
02. (Everybody is) Like a Starlight
03. You Can Believe
05. TOKYO NORTH SIDE
08. Step Up Rock
※Blue lines are my recommendations.
All Songs Written by Yoshii Kazuya
Except #05 Lyrics by Yamada Takayuki
Produced by Yoshii Kazuya
1 WEEKENDER 2 VS 3 シュレッダー 4 MUSIC
5 点描のしくみ 6 ビルマニア 7 襟裳岬
8 アバンギャルドで行こうよ 9 SUCK OF LIFE
10 FINAL COUNTDOWN 11 クリア
“Starlight” got the No. 2 on Oricon Weekly Album Chart and placed in the chart thirteen times. They say that it sold about 24,180 copies within the first week
In 2014, Yoshii got back to Nippon Columbia / Triad that The Yellow Monkey had belonged to until 1996. I suppose his coming home realized to create the original album. Listening to the ten songs, I felt that he truly went back to his own roots.
The first one, for instance, “Hattrick'n” sounds like some historical drama’s soundtrack song. Beating fast, it gives us rock and roll music. His origin is a fusion of popular music in Showa era and glam rock like David Bowie and Marc Bolan. His roots clearly show through all the songs.
Like its structure and balance, “Starlight” totally sounds as he has gotten matured and very relaxed. Some old fans probably say that Yoshii is getting worse, because his words look smarter and securer than used to be. However, it includes the 10 songs supposed to ring on at the exit of the darkness he used to show us.
I believe “Route69” includes something to unlock the code on adult mind. Hearing the song made me about to shout aloud involuntarily, because I remembered my past life with an ex-girlfriend who had cohabited together in my college days.