Throughout her career, Shiina Ringo has been known to create songs for other acts, ranging from SMAP to PUFFY. In 2014, Ringo did her own versions of some of these songs on the self-cover album “Gyakuyunyuu ~Kouwankyoku~.” On December 6, she’ll reimport (hence the title “Gyakuyunyuu”) some of these songs again on the second volume of the album, “Gyakuyunyuu ~Koukuukyoku~.”
Ringo will cover SMAP and Chiaki Kuriyama on this album like she did on the first one, but she’ll also be singing songs she’s created for the likes of Kou Shibasaki and Sayuri Ishikawa. One of the highlights of the album will be her rendition of “Otona no Okite.” The song was a hit earlier this year for the fictional group Doughnuts Hole, serving as the theme song for the TBS drama “Quartet.”
Unlike “Gyakuyunyuu ~Kouwankyoku~”, where each song had a different arranger, “Gyakuyunyuu ~Koukuukyoku~” will feature just four: Saito Neko, Murata Yoichi, Nagoshi Yukio, and Asakawa Tomoyuki.
The album’s cover and promo pictures relate to the theme of “Koukuukyoku.” The Koukuukyoku is Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau. The photos related to the album deal with the theme of flight, including Ringo being screened at the airport. This is a continuation of the visuals from “Gyakuyunyuu ~Kouwankyoku~”, where there was a shipping theme, since the Kouwankyoku is Japan’s Ports and Harbors Bureau.
In support of the album, and to coincide with her 20th anniversary, Ringo will hold her first nationwide tour in three years, starting in March and ending in May.
1. 人生は夢だらけ (Jinsei wa Yume Darake) (Takahata Mitsuki)
2. おいしい季節 (Oishii Kisetsu) (Chiaki Kuriyama)
3. 少女ロボット (Shoujo Robot) (Tomosaka Rie)
4. 暗夜の心中立て (Anya no Shinjudate) (Sayuri Ishikawa)
5. 薄ら氷心中 (Usurahi Shinjuu) (Hayashibara Megumi)
6. 重金属製の女 (Jukinzoku Sei no Onna) (ICHIGO-ICHIE (Fukatsu Eri))
07. おとなの掟 (Otona no Okite) (Doughnuts Hole (Matsu Takako, Mitsushima Hikari, Takahashi Issei, Matsuda Ryuhei)
8. 名うての泥棒猫 (Naute no Doroboneko) (Sayuri Ishikawa)
9. 華麗なる逆襲 (Karei naru Gyakushu) (SMAP)
10. 野性の同盟 (Yasei no Doumei) (Kou Shibasaki)
11. 最果てが見たい (Saihate ga Mitai) (Sayuri Ishikawa)