The Voice (Kokia album)

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The Voice
Studio album by Kokia
Released February 20, 2008 (2008-02-20) (Japan)
February 28, 2008 (2008-02-28) (France)[1]
Recorded 2007
Genre J-pop, folk
Length 1:01:52 (Japanese Edition)
1:03:07 (French Edition)
Label Victor Entertainment, Wasabi Records
Producer Kokia
Kokia chronology
Aigakikoeru: Listen for the Love
(2006)
The Voice
(2008)
Kokia Complete Collection 1998-1999
(2008)
French edition cover
Singles from The Voice
  1. "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto"
    Released: September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
  2. "Follow the Nightingale"
    Released: November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21)

The Voice (stylised as The VOICE) is Kokia's sixth studio album, released in February 2008.[2] It is the first of four album releases in 2008 celebrating her 10th anniversary as a singer.

Three songs from the album feature on Kokia's 2009 greatest hits collection Coquillage: The Best Collection II: "Ave Maria," "Chiisa na Uta" and "Everlasting."[3] Also featured are "Say Goodbye and Good Day," the bonus track from the French edition, along with the Fairy Dance: Kokia Meets Ireland rearrangement of "Song of Pocchong."[3]

In late 2009, "Lacrima" was chosen to be used as the ending theme song for the film Uyghur Kara Kita Shōnen.[4]

Background[edit]

In response to the 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake, Kokia wrote a charity song, "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto," after being contacted by one of her fans who lived in Kashiwazaki, Niigata.[5] The fan sent copies of the song to the local FM station FM Pikkara, who put the song on heavy rotation. A month after the earthquake, Kokia performed at a special encouragement concert to 3,000 residents in Kashiwazaki, along with the Japan Self-Defense Forces' band.[6] When Kokia returned from this concert, she wrote the lullaby "Lacrima," which also features on the album.[7] Two months after the earthquake, the song was released as a CD locally, due to popular demand (featuring both "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto" and "Lacrima").[6] Both songs later feature on the album, though "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto" as a Japan-only bonus track.[2] "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto" was later featured in a segment on the popular show Daremo Shiranai Nakeru Uta on the 9th of December, 2008.[8]

In November 2007, Kokia released "Follow the Nightingale," which was used as the opening theme song for the game Tales of Innocence.[2] It was a commercial success, reaching #33 selling 12,000 copies (her fourth most sold single, as of 2010).[9] The single's B-side, "Say Goodbye & Good Day" was used as the ending theme song for the game.[10] It features on the French edition of The Voice as a bonus track.[11]

Kokia also released a single "Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi" (たった1つの想い Just One Thought?) (the anime Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino's opening theme song) in January 2008 to commercial success (it sold over 10,000 copies),[9] however the single was released through anime retailer label Marvelous Entertainment, instead of Kokia's regular retailer Victor Entertainment. Neither the leading track or its B-side "Umaretate no Shiro" (生まれたての白 Newborn White?) feature on the album.

Recording[edit]

Kokia first decided the theme for the album in May/June 2007.[12] Kokia chose the album's title and concept based on what people always considered her strength in music.[13] She generally chose album themes in the past based on lyrical messages, but for her 10th anniversary chose the theme to be her own voice.[14] The album's neoclassical style and song selections were intended to show the entire range of Kokia's singing abilities.[14] In an interview with Viviana, Kokia explained, "Simply put, I thought I'd made songs that only I could sing."[14]

Kokia started focusing on recording the album in October 2007.[12] Originally nine of the songs were planned to be recorded in November,[15] however recording was briefly delayed due to Kokia catching a cold. It was resumed in late November.[16] The album release date was officially announced in early December, before recording had finished.[17] The final song recorded for the album was "Il Mare dei Suoni," on the 8th of December.[18] The album had finished mastering on the 13th of December.[19]

Many songs were written for the occasion, such as "Chiisa na Uta,"[12] however others were older songs "Nani mo Kamo ga Hoshi ni Natte" was originally performed by Kokia in concerts in 2003.[20] "Todokimasu Yō ni" was performed at her June Garden concerts in 2005.[21] She talked in detail about the creation of the song "Il Mare dei Suoni" in her blog in June 2006,[22] which she had originally performed at her That's Why I Was Born solo live concert in 2003[18] (though it was originally titled "Sento nel Core" (It: Feel the Core)).[20]

Release[edit]

"Kokia Collection" cover, featuring The Voice.

Unlike Kokia's previous album, Aigakikoeru: Listen for the Love, it was released in Japan before in France. The Japanese edition was released on the 20th of February, eight days before the French edition.[1][2]

The album was re-released in France as a part of a 3-CD set called Kokia Collection, on the 22nd of October 2008. The album also featured 2006's Aigakikoeru: Listen for the Love 2008's and Christmas Gift, and features a cover similar to the Christmas Gift photoshoot cover.[23]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CDJournal (positive)[24]

The album reached #42 on the Japanese Oricon albums charts, selling 8,000 copies.[9]

CDJournal gave the album a positive review, noting Kokia's "wonderful natural sound."[25] The Voice received an award from Adlib magazine in 2008, for the Domestic World/New-Age category.[26] Adlib praised Kokia's "seven-coloured voice," as well as the wide range of genres on the album, encompassing classical, Irish folk music and Okinawan folk songs.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Kokia, except for "Ave Maria," which is a cover of the classical aria by Vladimir Fyodorovich Vavilov in Italian.

No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Odoyaka na Shizukesa (Jōka) (穏やかな静けさ~浄歌 Calm Serenity: Purification Song?)"   Yasuhisa Yamamoto 5:37
2. "Follow the Nightingale"   Taisuke Sawachika 4:40
3. "Ave Maria"   Sawachika 4:13
4. "Todokimasu Yō ni (届きますように So This Can Reach You?)"   Kokia 3:25
5. "Song of Pocchong (Shizuku no Uta) (song of pocchong~雫の唄 Song of a Drop of Water?)"   Sawachika 3:33
6. "Gomen ne. (ごめんね。 Sorry?)"   Yamamoto 6:05
7. "Lacrima (It: Tear)"   Kokia 5:23
8. "Nani mo Kamo ga Hoshi ni Natte (何もかもが星になって Anything Can Become a Star?)"   Kokia 5:25
9. "Il Mare dei Suoni (It: The Sea of Sounds)"   Kokia 6:23
10. "Everlasting"   Sawachika 5:37
11. "Chiisa na Uta (小さなうた A Little Song?)"   Sawachika 6:40

Japan Sales Rankings[9][edit]

A sample from the lead single, "Follow the Nightingale."

A sample the ballad "Chiisa na Uta," one of the four songs from The Voice to feature on Coquillage: The Best Collection II.

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Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
February 20, 2008 (2008-02-20) Oricon Daily Albums Chart 17
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 42 4,653 7,765 4 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart

References[edit]

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