"Variety" was also a very appropriate title for the album. Takeuchi does give tribute to the American musical genres that she did in the past such as country music, Connie Francis-style pop balladry and uptempo standards. But she also gives straight-out rock n' roll and bossa nova a try as well. However, the standout track for me is the 2nd one for "Plastic Love". Up to that time, I didn't think she'd ever written, let alone sing, a track this cool and urban. This song takes the listener firmly into Steely Dan/Manhattan Transfer's pop mode territory. I just love the horns and Yamashita's guitar here. And if you listen very carefully, you may just be able to hear Taeko Ohnuki（大貫妙子） backing her buddy up near the end.
The third track is "Let's Get Married"....a lovely ballad hinting back at Takeuchi's 50s standards days but again with that renewed vigor. Since this tune was made, I'm sure it's been used thousands of times at real wedding parties. The lyrics are slightly too saccharine for my tastes, but I was more of a melody guy anyways. The pipe organs were played by another old friend of the family, Ryuichi Sakamoto（坂本龍一） of YMO, and Ernie Watts provides the sax solo. As for the video, I'd like to give my thanks to the good people at Idolmaster; perhaps it was an otaku's video proposal.
"Variety"was a triumphant return for Takeuchi. It hit the No. 1 spot on Oricon and became the 11th-ranked album for the year. For any of her fans, this is one of the albums that needs to be bought. For those who can read Japanese, there is a track-by-track review of the album.
And now there is a follow-up to the album.
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