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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victor Japan
  • ASIN: B00915EM54
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I bought this album on a whim, based on the fact that I absolutely loved the song at the end of the fantastic Studio Ghibli film, The Cat Returns. I read no reviews (I couldn't easily find any) and only chose this album as it was the cheapest one available!

So, onto my (very short) review. On my first listen, I was slightly perturbed by the peculiar opening track as it was so different to anything I knew (apart from, perhaps Paul McCartney's Frog Chorus). After that I checked another couple of tracks and thought, "naah this is rubbish". However, either I should have given it more of a chance there and then or I should have waited until I was feeling in a whimsical mood as about a week later I revisited and I was hooked.

Having no understanding of Japanese, meaning is difficult or impossible to garner from this small collection of happy sounding songs. Thankfully, the music alone was enough for me to enjoy the album immensely. The songs are catchy and fun - there is a 'cover version' of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but don't be put off as it contains the lovely sounding synths and alongide Tsuji's beautiful voice it's most excellent!

I have read that Tsuji tries to distance her sound from J-Pop but if this is what J-Pop sounds like, then I want to hear more!
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Ayano Tsuji just keeps going... 22 Jun. 2013
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
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Ayano Tsuji keeps going. In 2006, National Public Radio featured her work and a splurge of interest followed, despite America's usual xenophobia towards non-English lyrics (Psy's "Gangnam Style," replete with Korean lyrics, remains a massive exception). That splurge proved sadly temporary and Ayano has almost completely disappeared from American media. Despite this, the output and quality of her work never ceased in her native Japan. Since 2006 she released one of her best albums, "Sweet, Sweet Happy Birthday," a second collection of popular Japanese cover songs ("Cover Girl 2"), a "Best Of" compilation, a 10th Anniversary compliation, an entire collection of original material ("Niji Shoku no Hana Sakihokoru Toki ") and another collection of released and unreleased material called "Oh! Shigoto Special." She has released new material every year since 1998 except for 2011. We'll see what 2013 brings, but she shows no signs of slowing. Her website (completely in Japanese) features "Nippon Rent A Car" commercials featuring her music and a blog with recent photos of her in the studio.

Where her previous 2010 release seemed to almost obscure her ukuele playing, "Oh! Shigoto Special," brings the ukulele that made Ayano famous back to the forefront. Following a quirky, whimsical, funny and keyboard based opening track, which could have easily featured a tuba and morphs into laughing onomatopoeia, the rest of the album follows Ayano's more traditional mellow happy boppy strummy sound topped with a layer of catchy vocal melodies. Many feature Ayano accompanied only by ukulele. Some of the songs will sound familiar to long time fans. Track 3, "Oh, my friend" sounds like a variation on her "other hits," which, like her famous "Kaze ni Naru" and Sgt. Frog theme song, appeared in major motion pictures. Track 6 (transliterated "Darling") appeared on "Sweet, Sweet Happy Birthday" and the amazing string-laden track 8 also appeared on "Cover Girl 2." Track 5 uses the melody of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" with an ethereal substrate of synth that manages to breathe life even into this heavily overused traditional song. Other songs rank along with her best material and it's a shame that most of it will go unheard in America (though not necessarily elsewhere). Track 4, "Komorebinouta," finds Ayano at her most irresistibly upbeat, danceable and singable. Try to not sing along with the echoing "Hellos." "Good Day, Good Luck!" and the wonderful closing track (with it's almost "Hey Jude" mass singling refrain) also showcase Ayano's mature ability to create well crafted and beautiful songs. She often sounds pop, but she has never sounds bubble gum or all out JPop (she did say in her 2006 interview that she doesn't like JPop). Her writing style seems to consider songwriting more of an art form than a mere money and fame machine. She has respect for her medium.

Though "Oh! Shigoto Special" seems like more of a mixed bag compilation than a coherently linked collection of songs it still contains great material that stands on its own with Ayano's best. The CD's original release also contained a sheet with a code to enter into Ayano's website for an additional download. This contains yet another great song that fans shouldn't miss. That and the retro theme complete with turntables, the classic "room full of stuff" cover photo (including one of her own albums peeking out behind tennis show roller skates) and "Living Stereo" header make this another enjoyable installment in the Ayano catalog. Sadly, most Americans will likely never hear it or hear of it. But some remain luckier than others.
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