Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Kyoko Koizumi -- Hanbun Shoujo (半分少女)
Kyoko Koizumi (小泉今日子) had a nice style of singing for mellow songs and sugary melodies. “Hanbun Shoujo”, her sixth single, which was released in July 1983, is a great example of this very special Kyon Kyon style. Her voice, although cute, had a subtle sexiness in songs such “Hanbun Shoujo”, “Adesugata Namida Musume” (艶姿ナミダ娘) or “Yamato Nadesico Shishihenge” (ヤマトナデシコ七変化).
As one of the most preeminent aidoru singers of the 80s, Kyon Kyon has a very impressive catalogue. In the case of “Hanbun Shoujo”, it’s your typical aidoru song with synths, strings and a bouncy bass line, which also features some traditional Japanese elements. The melody is very warm and, together with the arrangement, gives the listener a playful but innocent feeling. Even the high pitched “hold me tight” line near the end is an interesting touch.
“Hanbun Shoujo” was a hit single for Kyon Kyon, reaching #5 on the Oricon charts. It sold 227,000 copies, which made the single grab the #56 position on the yearly Oricon charts. The song was later included in Kyon Kyon’s fifth album “Whisper”, which was released in December 1983. The lyrics were written by Jun Hashimoto (橋本淳). As for the music, it was composed by Kyohei Tsutsumi (筒美京平). Finally, Eiji Kawamura (川村栄二) was responsible for the arrangement.