When I first heard "Silhouette Romance", I was just struck by the intro which had this atmospheric fantasy feel to it led by a forlorn oboe. Then as Junko Ohashi（大橋純子）goes into the song, the melody goes into a more conventional pop mode but it never quite leaves that melancholy otherworldly sensation behind. It's definitely an unusual beautifully arranged song. This was the first Ohashi tune that I'd ever heard, and for years, I often thought of her as this delicate ballad chanteuse, not knowing that she had been singing some hard-driving funk several years back.
Ohashi's 17th single was released in November 1981, and took its sweet time going up the charts until reaching its peak of No. 7 the following year in May. Even afterwards, "Silhouette Romance"enjoyed a long run on the charts with Ohashi winning for Best Vocal at the Japan Record Awards of 1982. For most people, this song would be the one that the Hokkaido native would be most identified with.
|Junko Ohashi -- Treasure Collection (BEST)|