"Gift" at Sogetsu Hall

青葉市子 [Ichiko Aoba] - "Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
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2020 Ratings: #18
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Inglume
76
Serenity and composure are just one pluck of a guitar string away.

A minimal live performance of staggering proportions, Ichiko Aoba offers a very special gift from afar, an antidote to treat and heal our sickened minds in a time of quarantine. The only ingredients of this therapeutic remedy: delicate strings of an acoustic guitar and the heavenly voice of an angel. It's authentic foreign folk tunes stripped to its bare essentials, though what you get out of it emotionally is far more ... read more
MattsReviews
90
The exploration of a world has to be gifted to us, Ichiko Aoba is the person who curated it and delivered it to our doorstep.

Ichiko Aoba's 'Windswept Adan' struck a chord with me. The album's serene ambiance and delightful vocals created this world of peace, silence, and hope. The album felt alive, and made me feel alive. "Gift" At Sogetsu Hall is the child before growing into it's adulthood self 'Windswept Adan'.

I would say this album is much more peaceful, as it's production is ... read more
eliiscool5
90
Simplistic bliss.

Modest in appearance, yet delicate in resonance, I often find Ichiko Aoba’s music hard to describe. There isn’t much to say about sonically. I mean, it’s merely just a work of an acoustic guitar and Ichiko’s vocals. Yet, there are so many feelings barging that gives listeners satisfaction and alleviation, provoked by Ichiko’s minimal delivery, that just leaves me to contemplate whether a review would actually give her music justice. It just ... read more
Dabzilla
70
A gorgeous album ruined by a dude with a cough.

The very stripped down instrumental can be pretty boring, but at times help emphasis her chilling vocals. The soft guitar work, is somber and does add to the very chill atmosphere. The main focus is obviously her vocals, but I feel she could have been a little more ambitious in the instrumental. (even for a live album).

Her unbelievably GORGEOUS vocals left me star struck on many occasions. I don't even know what she's saying, yet I feel like ... read more
pizzagrande
80
AYO 🚨🚨🚨🚨 stop COUGHING during this pandemic g tryna LISTEN rn to this album g. this ain't even about the coronavirus tho somehow every fancy live concert like this got the coughers like bruh how often do you have to cough, for me it's like a once in a while maybe once a day IF THAT so stfu and listen to the goddamn performance g
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Track List

  1. amuletum ("gift" live ver.)
  2. The rain from light and shadow ("gift" live ver.)
  3. Orphaned rain ("gift" live ver.)
  4. Kokoro no Sekai ("gift" live ver.)
  5. Fuwarin ("gift" live ver.)
  6. Lace no Mukou ("gift" live ver.)
  7. Hoshi no Present ("gift" live ver.)
  8. Mr sun ("gift" live ver.)
  9. Shoujo to Ori ("gift" live ver.)
  10. Onigashima ("gift" live ver.)
  11. Kikai Jikake no Uchu ("gift" live ver.)
  12. Pochette no Outa ("gift" live ver.)
  13. Tooi Akogare ("gift" live ver.)
  14. A hill of the moon ("gift" live ver.)
  15. Kiseki wa Itsudemo ("gift" live ver.)
  16. bouquet ("gift" live ver.)
  17. Mazel tov ("gift" live ver.)
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Added on: April 3, 2020