Madrigal (album)

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Madrigal
Chara Madrig.jpg
Studio album by Chara
Released July 18, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock, trip hop
Length 58:29
Label Sony Music Japan
Chara chronology
Caramel Milk: The Best of Chara
(2000)Caramel Milk: The Best of Chara2000
Madrigal
(2001)
Yoake Mae
(2003)Yoake Mae2003
Singles from Madrigal
  1. "Lemon Candy"
    Released: April 25, 2001
  2. "Skirt"
    Released: July 4, 2001
  3. "Boku ni Utsushite"
    Released: October 11, 2001

Madrigal (マドリガル?, Madorigaru) is the eighth studio album by Chara, which was released on July 18, 2001.[1] It debuted at #8 on the Japanese Oricon album charts, and charted in the top 300 for 8 weeks.[2]

The first and most successful single from Madrigal was Lemon Candy (レモンキャンディ?). While Chara wrote the song entirely herself, the arrangement was split between six people: Chara, rock musician Yasuyuki Okamura, Shinichi Igarashi (who formerly collaborated on Duca with Chara, two members of the band Great3 (Kiyoshi Takakuwa, Ken'ichi Shirane) and the guitarist for Kiyoshi Takakuwa's solo project, Curly Giraffe, Yukio Nagoshi. It reached #32, and sold over 25,000 copies.

Skirt was released a few weeks before the album's release, and was used in a Pocari Sweat commercial. It was a collaboration between Chara and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. Iha also worked with Chara on an album track, Boku ni Utsushite, which was later released as a recut single in October.

The album track Yellow Balloon (イエローバルーン?) was used as the second ending theme for PaRappa the Rapper.

Artist Ed Tsuwaki created the cover and booklet for Madrigal, along with the singles Skirt and Boku ni Utsushite.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chara.

No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Boku ni Utsushite (ボクにうつして?, Reflecting in Me)" James Iha James Iha, Andy Chase 4:37
2. "Skirt (スカート?)" (album version) James Iha James Iha, Andy Chase 5:16
3. "Kanashimi to Bi (悲しみと美?, Sadness and Beauty)" Chara, Zentarō Watanabe Zentarō Watanabe 3:54
4. "Caramel Milk (キャラメルミルク?)" Andy Chase Andy Chase 4:30
5. "Tameiki no Mi (ため息の実?, Sigh Fruit)" Chara Andy Chase 3:59
6. "Lemon Candy (レモンキャンディ?)" Yasuyuki Okamura Shinichi Igarashi, Yukio Nagoshi, Kiyoshi Takakuwa, Ken'ichi Shirane, Chara 4:47
7. "Kono Asobi o Koi to Waratte (この遊びを恋とわらって?, Laugh with Love in This Game)" Andy Chase Andy Chase 4:21
8. "Kokoro no Ki (心の木?, Heart Tree)" Chara David Motion 4:28
9. "Tadd" Chara Chara 3:34
10. "Mishin (ミシン?, Sewing Machine)" Ken'ichi Shirane Ken'ichi Shirane 4:29
11. "Yellow Balloon (イエローバルーン?)" Chara, Shigekazu Aida Shigekazu Aida 4:30
12. "Atashi no Kawaii Te (あたしのかわいい手?, My Cute Hands)" Chara Shigekazu Aida 5:56
13. "Skirt (スカート?)" (original version) James Iha James Iha, Andy Chase 4:03

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
April 25, 2001 "Lemon Candy" 32 (Oricon) 4 26,430
July 4, 2001 "Skirt" 37 (Oricon) 3 13,360
October 11, 2001 "Boku ni Utsushite" 78 (Oricon) 1 2,460

Japan Sales Rankings[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
July 18, 2001 Oricon Daily Albums Chart
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 8 52,470 116,580 8 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart

Various charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
First Week Sales
Soundscan Album Top 20[3] 7 53,144

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