The Japan Collection

Maia HirasawaFebruary 18, 2015
Alternative/Indie℗ 2015 Razzia/Family Tree Music AB
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Songs
Artist
1
We Got It (Zwette Radio Edit)3:48Maia Hirasawa
2
It Doesn't Stop2:39Maia Hirasawa
3
Boom3:25Maia Hirasawa
4
Taiyo (feat. Yuichi Ohata)3:48Maia Hirasawa
5
The Ones (feat. Shigeru Kishida)3:35Maia Hirasawa
6
Fragile3:38Maia Hirasawa
7
The Real Me Song3:01Maia Hirasawa
8
The Best Team3:35Maia Hirasawa
9
Not Anymore4:16Maia Hirasawa
10
When We Are Together3:44Maia Hirasawa
11
Komoriuta3:25Maia Hirasawa
12
Here I Am (feat. Maia Hirasawa)4:39DANCE
13
Long Ago3:26Maia Hirasawa
14
Oka no Uede2:46Maia Hirasawa
15
It Doesn't Stop (Cornelius Remix)2:49Maia Hirasawa
16
We Got It3:44Maia Hirasawa
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Additional Information

Total length
56:24
Tracks
16
Released
February 18, 2015
Label
℗ 2015 Razzia/Family Tree Music AB
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
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Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
Maia Hirasawa first gained notice as a backup singer for Annika Norlin's Hello Saferide, and fans of that band will certainly recognize a similar brand of sweet, intimate, folksy pop on the Japanese-Swedish singer/songwriter's humbly titled debut album. That said, Hirasawa does carve out a strong identity for herself here, one that's sometimes whimsical but not as overly cutesy as her former band (school children vocals notwithstanding); if anything more prone to overeager sentimentalism, but not so earnestly straightforward in her expression of it. Drawing musically from a palette of jazz and broadway-style piano ballads as well as folk and pop, she's generally inclined toward muted, wistful reflection, frequently undercutting even her bubblier, more optimistic seeming pop tunes with shades of lyrical uncertainty and ambiguity. That's especially true of the album's two biggest-sounding moments -- the bouncy full-bore pop single "And I Found This Boy" and the jazzy "Crackers," which features a brass section and a vocal duet with cabaret-pop starlet Miss Li. Some of the calmer numbers, like the string-laden waltz-ballad "Gothenburg" and the charming opener "Still June," with its intoxicatingly lush self-harmonies, offer glimmers of genuine hope, all the sweeter for being unanticipated. Throughout, Hirasawa displays an unusually versatile and expressive voice, reminiscent of Regina Spektor in its distinctive personality and emotional range, which is a large part of what makes Though, I'm Just Me so effortless and pleasurable. A quiet gem of a debut.
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