Prism / PURIZUMU / プリズム
Today is October 28, and Oku Hanako’s new album, Prism / プリズム, has been released!
In Japan, the first people to get it got one of a number of bonus items depending on where they got it from.
A pocket mirror from Shinseido featuring Piri and a keyboard:
Mini notepads from TSUTAYA (red) and TOWER RECORDS (yellow) with a piano and lots of Piri:
Lastly, mini clear files from Ouenten (Piri) and Animate (Hanabi):
The Animate clear file features art from the new Hanabi / 花火 music video by Mogelatte / モゲラッタ (HoneyWorks) (yes, I know the kana says ta / タ, not te / テ, but that’s how they romanized it). I still haven’t found it, but hopefully Pony Canyon uploads it soon.
Here’s the final track list:
- Kusabi / 楔 -くさび- (“Wedge”)
- Statice / スターチス (“Statice“)
- Tokyo Kurashi / 東京暮らし (“Tokyo Life”)
- Sukidattanda / 好きだったんだ (“I Used to Like You”)
- Nagareboshi / 流れ星 (“Shooting Star”)
- Tomodachi no Mama de / 友達のままで (“Staying Friends”)
- Rashinban / 羅針盤 (“Compass”)
- Ame no Prism / 雨のプリズム (“Prism of Rain”)
- Taisetsu na Mono / 大切なもの (Album mix ver.) (“Valuable Things”)
- Usotsuki / 嘘つき (“Liar”)
- Kimi ga Kureta Natsu / 君がくれた夏 (“The Summer You Gave Me”)
- Hanabi / 花火 (“Fireworks”)
- Ganbare / ガンバレ (“Do Your Best”)
As expected, this album seems to extend the style established by the two singles before it. Some of the songs sound like her songs from 2007-2009 but arranged, and some have this style that sounds really familiar, but I can’t place it.
The first thing that caught my eye when reading the final track list is “Taisetsu na Mono”: it’s the “Album mix” version. I don’t know what they could have changed to make it a new version because this song already has a pretty full arrangement. Kimi no Egao / 君の笑顔 got an album mix version and that didn’t turn out very well. “Happy Days” got an album mix version and I could hardly tell what’s changed, except for the live concert bit at the end. My guess is that “Taisetsu na Mono” will be mixed like “Happy Days”, with a live concert audience singing along for the “la la la” part at the end.
I think the closest thing we’ll get to a hikigatari track is “Sukidattanda” with an electric piano. Who knows, though, the later half of the song might have some light arrangement like Trump / トランプ did. “Usotsuki”, while having a guitar and some light strings (maybe just a single violin), also sounds very acoustic.
The track that I suspect will get the most mixed responses is “Rashinban”. It reminds me a little of Puzzle / パズル, and those of you who are familiar with the song will know that that’s all I need to say.
Overall, I think we’re in for some enjoyable songs with agreeable arrangements and excellent singing. I look forward to hearing the album in full.