YUKIKO OKADA ALBUM REVIEW

Here I'll be reviewing Yukiko Okada's albums. I'll review her singles in a separate page.

CINDERELLA (1984)

My most listened-to album of all time. Once upon a time I would have said that a few songs from here were trash, but honestly I think I love all of them. They're all special in their own way. To pick a favourite track here would be brutal. But my most listened-to track from here is "First Date". I was a huge fan of "Akogare" for a while as well.

FAIRY (1985)

A slight downgrade from the debut album, but still really good nonetheless. "Walking in the Moonlight" has an absolutely aesthetic opening. "Futari Dake no Ceremony" is a timeless classic. "Lady Joker" is also pretty good too. I don't really have too much to say on this album, if I'm honest.

JYUUGATSU NO NINGYOU (1985)

Probably Yukiko Okada's best album. This album displays her maturity. "Sweet Planet", an instantly recognizable Tetsuya Komuro tune, is a fitting opener to this amazing album. Some highlights for me include "Kanashii Yokan", "Lonesome Season" and the title track. But my favourite tune would have to be "Mizu Iro Princess". It's a truly unique song unlike any other idol tune.

VENUS TANJOU (1986)

Yukiko's final album, but my least favourite. The album opens amazingly - "Wonder Trip Lover" is composed by none other than Ryuichi Sakamoto and is one of her best songs. But apart from "Kuchibiru Network", none of the other songs stand up well enough to be memorable. The album was her best performing one, however, and only three weeks after, Okada would take her own life. I truly wish she had lived to make another album after this. No doubt that it would have been the best selling Japanese album of all time if it happened.