Just Ballade

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Just Ballade
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Studio album by Misia
Released December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)
Genre
Length 1:01:55
Label Ariola Japan
Producer
Misia chronology
The Best DJ Remixes
(2008)
Just Ballade
(2009)
Soul Quest
(2011)
Singles from Just Ballade
  1. "Yes Forever"
    Released: April 30, 2008
  2. "Yakusoku no Tsubasa"
    Released: May 28, 2008
  3. "Sukoshi Zutsu Taisetsu ni"
    Released: February 4, 2009
  4. "Ginga"
    Released: June 10, 2009
  5. "Itsumademo"
    Released: June 10, 2009
  6. "Aitakute Ima"
    Released: November 18, 2009
  7. "Hoshi no Yō ni..."
    Released: December 16, 2009

Just Ballade (stylized as JUST BALLADE) is the ninth studio album by Japanese singer Misia. It was released on December 16, 2009 by Ariola Japan, marking Misia's first album release under the label.[1] The album yielded seven singles, "Yes Forever" and "Yakusoku no Tsubasa", released in 2008, the digital exclusive "Sukoshi Zutsu Taisetsu ni", the double A-side single "Ginga" / "Itsumademo", "Aitakute Ima", and lastly "Hoshi no Yō ni...", released on the same day as the album. Just Ballade was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[2]

Background and release

Fresh off The Tour of Misia Discotheque Asia, where the musical emphasis was on lively, uptempo dance music, Misia wanted a change of pace with the next album. She was inspired by the positive feedback she received from concert audiences in relation to the ballad section of her Discotheque Asia setlist, and set out to make an album that could recreate the same "well-filled quiet" that garnered such a favorable reception.[3] As the title of the album suggests, Just Ballade consists predominantly of ballads, however not all tracks on the record are slow-tempo songs. In an interview with Excite, Misia explained the varied tempo and sound of the album by stating that, while people might have a general preconception of what a ballad will sound like, it's not as clear cut. She remarks that, to her, what makes a song a ballad isn't the piano or the orchestra, but whether the song can move her to tears.[4]

Just Ballade is Misia's first studio album in close two years, since Eighth World.[5] It was issued in Blu-spec CD format and released in three different versions, a standard CD-only edition, and two limited editions. Limited edition "A" comes packaged in a CD sleeve with a different cover art and includes a DVD featuring six music videos, while limited edition "B" is packaged in a pop-up case, also with an alternate cover art, housed in a clear sleeve and comes with a 28-page color booklet.[6]

In addition to the singles,[7] several album tracks were also used in promotional campaigns leading up to their release. "Chiheisen no Mukōgawa e" served as ending theme to the TX news program World Business Satellite,[8] "Boku no Kimochi" as ending theme to the AX variety show Himitsu no Kenmin Show,[9] and "Work It Out" as ending theme to the AX news program Jōhō Live Miyaneya.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[10]

CDJournal critics remarked that the listener should not take the title of the album too literally, as the album includes many styles of ballads.[11] They noted that the sound on the record is "perfected to the last detail".[11] Misia was praised for her powerful vocal performance, with critics describring it as "transportive".[11] Adam Greenberg of AllMusic, pronounced Misia's voice to be the "star of the show", but also noted that she can sometimes go overboard and overpower the sensibility of the ballad.[10] Writing for Bounce, Aokinoko described Just Ballade as a "love song collection" basking in the "essence of many different styles."[12] Aokinoko praised the record as "stimulating", singled out "Aitakute Ima", "Ginga" and "Call Me Love Me" as the standout tracks, and called it the "perfect lovers' soundtrack".[1]

Commercial performance

Just Ballade entered the daily Oricon Albums Chart at number 3, selling 18,000 copies on its first day. [13] It slid to number 4 the following day, where it stayed for the rest of the week. The album debuted at number 4 on the weekly Oricon Albums Chart, selling 57,000 copies.[14] It also debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Japan Top Albums Sales chart.[15] The album fell to number 8 on its second week on the Oricon chart, logging sales of 33,000 copies.[16] Just Ballade charted for twenty-one non-consecutive weeks on the Oricon Albums Chart, selling a reported total of 143,000 copies during its run.[17]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger(s) Length
1. "Sukoshi Zutsu Taisetsu ni"
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
  • Tohru Shigemi
5:08
2. "Aitakute Ima"
  • Sasaki
5:58
3. "Work It Out"
  • Misia
  • Hinata
  • JP
  • JP
2:48
4. "Chiheisen no Mukōgawa e" (地平線の向こう側へ, "Beyond the Horizon")
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
  • Sinkiroh
4:53
5. "Call Me Love Me"
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
4:08
6. "So Beautiful"
  • Misia
  • Toshiaki Matsumoto
  • Shigemi
4:58
7. "Kuchibiru to Kuchibiru" (唇と唇, "Lip on Lip")
  • Hinata
  • Sinkiroh
  • Shigemi
4:53
8. "Baobab no Ki no Shita de" (バオバヴの木の下で, Baobavu no Ki no Shita de, "Under the Baobab Tree")
  • Misia
  • Shigemi
3:36
9. "Yakusoku no Tsubasa"
  • Misia
  • Sasaki
  • Sasaki
5:19
10. "Boku no Kimochi" (僕のきもち, "How I Feel")
  • Misia
  • Hinata
  • Sinkiroh
  • Gomi
4:16
11. "Yes Forever" (Piano Version)
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
  • Shigemi
4:55
12. "Hoshi no Yō ni..."
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
  • Shigemi
4:58
13. "Ginga"
  • Misia
  • Shusui
  • Fredrik Hult
  • Carl Utbult
  • Tebey
  • Utbult
  • Hult
4:36
14. "Itsumademo"
  • Misia
  • Sinkiroh
  • Sinkiroh
1:29
Total length: 1:01:55

Credits and personnel

Personnel[18]

Charts

Certification and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[2] Gold 143,000[17]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Japan December 16, 2009 Ariola Japan [26][27][28][29]
South Korea December 18, 2009
  • CD
Sony Music Korea [30]
Taiwan
  • CD/DVD
Sony Music Taiwan [31]
Hong Kong December 29, 2009 Sony Music Hong Kong [32]
Various July 15, 2016 Digital download Ariola Japan [33]

References

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External links

  • Just Ballade Special Site
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