"Kokuhaku"（告白....Confessions) was originally released as her 19th single all the way back in September 1990. It's a well-titled song since it was used as the ending theme for one of the weekly suspense dramas on TV at the time. I'd first heard it when it was playing on the speakers at a household goods store that I'd been visiting in Numata City. Then when I heard it being played at the end of that suspense drama, I went out and got the CD single. It peaked at No. 3 and ended up as the 51st-ranked song of 1990.
As for the album itself, after its release in October 1992, "Quiet Life" (Mariya's first album in 5 years after 1987's "Request") ironically made quite the big noise by hitting the top spot on the charts and becoming the 17th-ranked album of the year. It was a million-seller and earned the singer a Best Album award at the Japan Record Awards. There are other tracks that also helped earned "Quiet Life" its accolades. Among them are: "Lonesome Season", a cover song of and a tribute to the late aidoru Yukiko Okada（岡田有希子） (already profiled under her name and Takeuchi's); a wonderful version of "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme; and another Mariya hit, "Single Again". It wouldn't be wrong to say that this album is one of her landmark productions.
|Mariya Takeuchi -- Quiet Life|