Happy! Happy! Happy!
This is a solo album by Kouda Mariko (國府田マリ子).
[comments below by Joe Petrow]
I held off buying this album for a long time, because I didn't like my last Kouda Mariko purchase (Pure) at all. But I do like her single "Watashi ga Tenshi dattara ii no ni", so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, this album rules!
Or rather, I should say that this album rocks. There a couple of obligatory slow songs, but for the most part it's lots of fast songs. And I can't believe it myself, but all of them were done very well!
"Dou Shiyou" is a quick, catchy song that immediately sucks you into the album. "Ku-gatsu no Natsu Yasumi" is a mid-speed song that has sort of a du-wop 60's feel to it. "Watashi ga Tenshi dattara ii no ni" is a great fast love song; I can see why it was chosen to be the single from this album. "Binzume no uchuu" is a weid, funky song with lots of voice distortion, but is somehow very catchy. "BAND de wakeari" just jams. It's a song about a band, that starts off sounding kinda like Aretha Franklin's "Pink Cadillac", but starts to rock like some B-52's song.
"~Messeji~" is Kouda Mariko's impersonation of Alannis Morrisette. And it is a darned good one! Makes me want to see her cover a real one. "Soba ni Ite yo" is the first song that can really be called slow, and it seems a little out of sorts here. "Kanejo ga iru no ni" picks right back up. It kinda reminds me of the Ranma OAV opening song. "my best friends" starts like a slow song, but this picks up soon, and holds it for six minutes! "Hoshifuru Namida no Yoru no Kanata" is a slow song, but doesn't last even three minutes. And the title song is a genki way of telling us to be "Happy! Happy! Happy!"
There isn't a song on here I don't like, and most of them I like a whole lot. If you are a seiyuu fan, I guarantee that you will like this CD. But I was surprised to find that her current single, "Yume ha Hitori Miru Mono ja nai" is not on here. Oh well.
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