Europe (飯島真理)

EastWest AMCM-4317
3059 yen
released 1997.08.10

This is a solo album by Iijima Mari.

The songs are as follows.

  1. Brand New Day
  2. Mikkazuki no Kanuu -A Crescent Moon Canoe-
    三日月のカヌー 〜A Crescent Moon Canoe〜
  3. Interlude
  4. La Pluie -Ame-
    La Pluie 〜雨〜
  5. Just Be Yourself
  6. Unbreakable
  7. Tennis ni Ikou!
  8. Nihongo de Hanashi Kakate Ii desu ka? -Can we talk in Japanese?-
    日本語で話しかけていいですか? 〜Can we talk in Japanese?〜
  9. So Beautiful
  10. Renai -Love Matters-
    恋愛 〜Love Matters〜
  11. For The Boys

The lyrics booklet contains two pages of black and white pictures of Iijima Mari. All the songs were written by Iijima Mari, except for the instrumental Interlude, on which Mari played the accordian.

The song So Beautiful was dedicated to Los Angeles sports announcer Vin Scully, and For The Boys was dedicated to her sons Andy and Ryan.

The songs are mostly mid-range paced, and easy listening. There are a lot of English lyrics in these (all the backup singers are English speaking natives), and there is a full page of very candid dedications written in English at the end of the lyrics booklet.

[information provided by Joe Petrow]

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