Monday, March 22, 2010

Off Course - Kotoba Ni Dekinai (1981)

The second single taken from Off Course's 1981 release over, "Kotoba Ni Dekinai" (literally "a loss for words") highlights the emotional lyricism found in much of the group's better material. By this time Off Course had abandoned their folk stylings of the late 60s and early 70s in favor of a more polished pop aesthetic. As it happens, the title of the album is meant to combine with their previous album We are to form the bleak admission, "We are over."

In providing the majority of the album's music, lyrics and arrangements, frontman Kazumasa Oda (小田和正) exposes the trials and tribulations of love with a uniquely fragile yet passionate resolution. His pristine, pathetic delivery and solid songwriting talents, as well as a taste for spacy synths, add substance to the group's output during the mainly monotonous adult contemporary boom — often labeled in Japan as "new music" or "city pops" — of the late 70s and 80s.

Off Course - Kotoba Ni Dekinai
オフコース - 言葉にできない

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