My potential borderline fetish to girls with girlie voice aside, if you intend to watch or have already watched “Sky of Love” and have 20 bucks to spare, there is no harm in getting the main actress’s debut album. You may get to like the show a little bit better and who knows? Perhaps you may even like this album a little bit better.
To be fair, there are quite a number of accomplished artists who have a pure and feather-like girlie (or child-like) voice. Top of my mind, the Swedish jazz singer Lisa Ekdahl is one of my favorites. Her interpretation of “Cry Me a River” bleeds hearts. French singer Vanessa Paradis is another good example. Her voice doesn’t change much since the “Joe le Taxi” days back when she was 14. I am a huge fan of the Japanese singer songwriter YUI and she too has this characteristic voice of purity and innocence.
So, how does Yui Aragaki’s ‘cute and lively voice’ match up? The song choice for her debut “Sora” I must say is pretty good. The songs are melodically memorable. Yui Aragaki has contributed in the writing of the lyrics for two songs. One of which – “Heavenly Days” – is featured in her movie “Sky of Love”. If you like that song (see below), there is a high chance that you will like the entire album as the songs are pretty consistent. And there is a high chance that you will repeatedly listen to the album like I do.
Song choice aside, the first comment from Cynthia was that Yui Aragaki is “pitchy”. Perhaps my ears are pretty damaged by the years of exposure to the high pitch Japanese female voice or the sound of the heavy metal or both, it is hardly noticeable to me. But I trust Cynthia’s ears more than mine. On the brighter side, she did not complain that Yui Aragaki is too high pitch (like she always does whenever I put the J-pop music on).
“Sora” opened at number 3 in Oricon’s weekly ranking with moderate (or perhaps disappointing) sales of just over 100,000 within three weeks of debut. I suspect the movie “Sky of Love” may help the album sales in some ways. After all, there is no rationale when it comes to fan-based affection.