"Romantique" was the result, and it was the inaugural album to show a major shift in her music. As music writer Yutaka Kimura(木村ユタカ） would write in "Japanese City Pop": "For people who were listening to nothing but American and British pop/rock, Taeko Ohnuki's approach of European music was strangely fresh."
However, the first single from the album and its first track was "CARNAVAL". It was a bold song to introduce her new direction: it was indeed written and composed by Ohnuki but it had a distinctly technopop feel to it. The musicians collaborating in the effort also happened to be the members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. However, Ohnuki was initially reluctant to make anything that would end up being identified more with YMO, but she was persuaded to go ahead anyways since the band's music was very trendy at that turn of the decade. All she had to do was find a way to make it her own. "CARNAVAL" is the result of that effort. Lyrically, it's very much Ohnuki since she once again criticizes the empty craziness of city life; she likens the city to a carnival.
The second track is "Decade Night" which is probably one of the more unusual songs that Ohnuki has ever created in that it seems to amalgamate a lot of what she tried to bring into her 80s music: quirky pop, technopop and that new Euro-sound. Plus, I gather that she was still experimenting with her vocals by going a bit high....perhaps a bit too high near the end. I'm not all that surprised that it didn't get into any of her BEST albums and in the J-Wiki article for "Romantique", she basically referred to a wasted night, but whether that meant an evening of ending up doing nothing or perhaps doing too much of something I don't know. Still, I get to drawn to it more than I do with some of the other tracks on the album for some reason.
I've got a follow-up on the album here.