For anyone who is into AOR from any country, "Discovery" is a discovery. As I'm writing this entry now, I'm listening to the CD, gathering thoughts and trying to regurgitate them into cyberspace. Just like the cover of the album, the first track, "Subarashii Yume no Naka de"(素晴らしい夢の中で....Within a Wonderful Dream) above is pretty darn trippy...caught me off-guard since it starts off almost like a country song complete with clip-cloppy horse hooves. That is, before it heads off into outer space via a prog rock rocket. If Chikuzen Sato(佐藤竹善） can daringly start "Together" with a Django Reinhardt riff from the 30s, then he can pull this off, too. The lyrics are pretty trippy as well:
Embrace the dream
To race the sky
We don't know fatigue at all
The wind being in the hand
If you're on your own
The wings are
Because they can weave in radiant songs
They fly away
Well, think about that while draining that glass of cognac, will you? All joking aside, fun song to listen to.
Track 6 is "Kokoro no Tobira"(心の扉...The Door to your Heart), a mellow AOR ballad which you can have while having that snifter of cognac after 10 p.m.....that is, if you didn't drink it all down after Track 1.
"Discovery"seems to be an apt title since, despite it being SLT's 8th album, the band was really pushing into a number of musical directions: jazz, funk, fusion, adult contemporary with some of those aforementioned cameo appearances by country. Instrumentally, a zither, a steel guitar, a full orchestra for the final track, "Perfect Love"...and perhaps even coconut shells?...are included.
Released in August 1995, it didn't quite reach the top heights like its sister albums, but it did peak at a more-than-respectable No. 3 and has been the most financially successful album of the band's original releases.