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Sunday, June 15, 2014

UA -- Amai Unmei (甘い運命)

One of the things I've admired about chanteuse UA is that she never seemed to be satisfied with keeping to a certain genre or a set of instruments. She has done some cool groove R&B and then some indie-ish pop balladry with "Kumo ga Chigireru Toki"(雲がちぎれる時). Then, just a few months after that song was released, UA came up with her 7th single in February 1997, "Amai Unmei" (Sweet Destiny).

Far from the then-de rigueur Tetsuya Komuro(小室哲哉) technopop, the UA-&-Hirofumi Asamoto(朝本浩文)-created song includes a slide guitar that doesn't make the song sound particularly country-&-western but it does add a certain whimsical flavour that makes it stand out. I remember the song well due to the austere video of the close-up of the singer recording away in front of the microphone.

"Amai Unmei" peaked at No. 10 on the charts and finished the year as the 94th-ranked song. It turned out to be her most successful single.

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