Muzai Moratorium

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Muzai Moratorium
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Studio album by Ringo Sheena
Released February 24, 1999 (1999-02-24)
Recorded Studio Terra
Kame-chan Studio B main
Length 41:00
Label Toshiba EMI
Producer Hiroshi Kitashiro
Ringo Sheena chronology
Muzai Moratorium
Shōso Strip
(2000)Shōso Strip2000
Singles from Muzai Moratorium
  1. "Kōfukuron"
    Released: May 27, 1998
  2. "Kabukichō no Joō"
    Released: September 9, 1998
  3. "Koko de Kiss Shite."
    Released: January 20, 1999

Muzai Moratorium (無罪モラトリアム), official english title: Innocence Moratorium, is Ringo Sheena's first album, released on February 24, 1999 by Toshiba EMI. The album debuted at #1 and has sold over 1,433,000 copies. The album was certified triple platinum by the RIAJ for 1,200,000 copies shipped.[1][2]


Ringo Sheena composed nearly all the songs on this album in her teenage years, prior to her major label debut. The album combines multiple genres of music from both the East and the West, including J-Pop and grunge. Both the album and song titles combine Kanji and English, and the lyrics are written using English and Historical kana usage.

The songs "When It Begins to Get Dark...," "Caution," "A View of Happiness (Joy Ver.)" and "Queen of Kabuki-cho" were used in TV commercials for Suntory's The Cocktail Bar range of drinks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ringo Sheena, arranged by Seiji Kameda.

No. Title Length
1. "Correct City (正しい街, Tadashii Machi)" 3:53
2. "Queen of Kabuki-cho (歌舞伎町の女王, Kabukichō no Joō)" 2:53
3. "Marunouchi Sadistic (丸の内サディスティック, Marunouchi Sadisutikku)" 3:56
4. "A View of Happiness (Joy Ver.) (幸福論 (悦楽編), Kōfukuron (Etsuraku-hen))" 2:58
5. "When It Begins to Get Dark... (茜さす 帰路照らされど・・・, Akane Sasu, Kiro Terasaredo...) [3]" 4:07
6. "Sid & Daydreams (シドと白昼夢, Sido to Hakuchūmu)" 4:03
7. "Playing With Blocks (積木遊び, Tsumiki Asobi)" 3:24
8. "Kiss Me (ここでキスして。, Koko de Kisu Shite.)" 4:20
9. "Ordinary Night (同じ夜, Onaji Yoru)" 3:38
10. "Caution (警告, Keikoku)" 4:05
11. "Morphine (モルヒネ, Moruhine)" 3:42

Credits and personnel[edit]

Sheena used different bands throughout the album. She was also joined by guests Neko Saito (who continues working with her) and Chieko Kinbara (who works with Björk).

Zetsurin Hectopascal (絶倫ヘクトパスカル, Matchless Hectopascal) (#1,2,4,6,8,10)

Zekkyō Solfeggio (絶叫ソルフェージュ, Scream Solfeggio) (#3)

  • Ringo Sheena - vocals, acoustic piano, melodica, handclap, footsteps
  • Seiji Kameda - bass guitar, backing vocal
  • Noriyasu Kawamura - drums, backing vocal, handclap, footsteps

Momoiro Spanner (桃色スパナ, Pink Spanner) (#5,7,9,11)

  • Ringo Sheena - vocal, fake koto (Synthesizer), whistle
  • Akihito Suzuki - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocal guidance
  • Seiji Kameda - bass guitar
  • Noriyasu Kawamura - drums, conga

Guest Players


  1. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2000年3月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. March 2000 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 486: 8. May 10, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2000年1月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. January 2000 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 484: 8. March 10, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ The literal translation is "The crimson sun still shines on my way back, but…", which parodies Kakinomoto no Hitomaro’s Waka (poetry), "茜さす日は照らせれどぬばたまの夜渡る月の隠らく惜しも".