When Chara released A scenery of me in 2004, it seemed like an album intended to fulfill a contract. Chara self-covered a number of tracks from her first few albums with Sony, and I don’t remember seeing the kind of run-up leading to the album as her previous releases.
Chara is now signed to Universal Music, having released a new single in late 2006.
I can’t say Chara occupies the same level of fandom as ACO or Cocco, but she has a remarkable and singular voice, and she can write a damn good single.
"Sekai" made me realize I probably like Chara more than even I’m aware of. The song is the rockingest thing she’s done since "Skirt", and the follow-up singles are just as good.
Chara’s newest album in two years, Union, comes out on Wednesday (Feb. 28). I’m looking forward to it.