• SHARE

All too often, albums of cover songs are just stopgap efforts put out by artists whose creative juices have run dry. So when I heard that Ringo Shina was making her comeback in the form of a covers album after taking a year’s maternity leave, I was skeptical. But my expectations were raised as the names of the songs she was covering were announced one after another on her Web site. It was a weirdly eclectic list, including songs as utterly different as The Beatles’ “Yer Blues” and “I Wanna be Loved by You” from the movie “Some Like It Hot.”

I’ve been listening to the album, titled “Utaite Myori — Sono Ichi” (which translates very roughly as “I’m So Happy to Be a Singer — Volume 1”) over the past few days, and it is anything but a time-filling, contractual obligation collection. In fact, I think it’s one of the best albums released in Japan so far this year.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)