Yokan (予感) is a song originally included in the álbum Bitter and Sweet from 1985, which means it was already covered in the blog, but still, I think it's relevant enough to have an article of its own. Not only is one of my absolute favorite Akina songs, it's also one that while not being very popular with the general public, is a staple of her career. In one of the first albums I ever listened from her, the Best Collection from 1998, it was the only song that received a rearrangement and hadn't been an A-side in one of Akina's singles.
Penned and composed by ASKA (I only looked it up now, but it does sound like something he'd release), the song has some meaningful lyrics. "If you're going to hate me anyway, I would rather hate you with all my heart" is the initial phrase that sticks in my ear whenever I think about the song. It's one of those that only gets more melancholic over the years as Akina's own life got more tragic and she herself matured.
So, it's basically a tearjerker, but something about it makes it pleasant to hear. The distinct sounds of the original arrangement place it clearly in the decade it was released, but also make the song somewhat eerie. It's hard to put into words, but I like it very much.
I've been delving very much into the darkest side of modern idols and sometimes I consider Akina the darkest of Showa era mainstream idols. Not only for the recurrent sad/tragic tunes, but also for her alternative stance (Fushigi says hi). She may not have liked the sad songs, but she definitely couldn't help but insert some melancholy even in self-produced releases.
I'm reminded of her several times because when I started listening to her, it was kind of a challenge to my own boundaries. It wasn't the kind of music I was used to listen, it was a bit more heavy - but I loved it. And it has happened again as I discovered WACK (BiS and company) and other recent alternative idols. I'm even listening to EDM and punk rock, genres I thought I didn't like until some time ago. Seeing Akina experimenting with several genres of music made me want to listen to diferent stuff as well, and I'm very grateful for that.
Once again, happy birthday, Akina-chan. I hope she's doing fine, wherever she is right now.