Japanese title: 第二章 〜強がり〜
Romaji title: dainisshou -tsuyogari-
English title: Chapter 2 -Bravado-

Release date: 2004.07.22

Catalog nr: EPCE-5305
Label: zetima

First press: yes, a photo card


«Dainisshou -Tsuyogari-» is Yuko Nakazawa‘s second album, released six years after her debut album. It features all her singles’ A-sides from her 3rd single up to her 10th, a cover of Morning Musume’s «Furusato», and two new songs.

The album sold a total of 12.485 copies, and ranked at #31 on the Oricon music charts.

 

Comments from Tsunku (her producer):

«My impression on Yuko Nakazawa hasn’t changed much since I met her very first time. I’m sure she’s gone through some changes along the way, but while I was creating the album, I came to a conclusion that my first impression of her was just like this album.

After graduating from Morning Musume, she has been gaining experiences in a variety of fields such as TV doramas and musicals. Maybe that’s why she seems to be maintaining the same attitude as the first time we met.

As for the title, Tsuyogari, I wanted to express a woman’s stubborn courage for not revealing the true side of her, as well as the part where she feels she needs to change into a more sincere, honest personality.

The concept of the album is “a complete shift in a mindset”. It is as if to commemorate a new beginning.

Currently, Yuko Nakazawa still holds freshness from her debut era, so I thought, she might as well shift her mindset right now into a completely new direction so she can have another new beginning to discover more of herself!

After completing the album, I was listening to the finished product by myself and thought, “My impression of her is still the same, but my impression on her songs has changed a lot. I didn’t know she was able to express such a wide range of emotions.”


TRACK LIST


01. DO MY BEST
02. 長良川の晴れ (Nagaragawa no Hare; A Sunny Day by Nagaragawa River)
03. 強がり (Tsuyogari, Bravado)
04. 東京美人 (Tokyo Bijin; Tokyo Beauty)
05. 上海の風 (Shanghai no Kaze; The Shanghai Wind)
06. GET ALONG WITH YOU
07. 心機一転〜CHANGING THE MIND〜 (Shinki Itten -Changing the Mind-; Change of Attitude -Changing the Mind-)
08. 二人暮し (Futarigurashi; Living Together)
09. 悔し涙 ぽろり (Kuyashi Namida Porori; Tears of Frustration Are Falling)
10. 元気のない日の子守唄 (Genki no Nai Hi no Komoriuta; A Lullaby for not So Cheerful Days)
11. 純情行進曲 (Junjou Koushinkyoku; A Marching Song for Self-Sacrificing Devotion)
12. ふるさと(中澤 Version) (Furusato (Nakazawa Version); Hometown (Nakazawa Version)))


CREDITS


DO MY BEST

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

This is the A-side to Nakazawa’s 10th single. It was used as the theme song to the soap opera «Home Maker» in 2004, in which Nakazawa had a role. 

 

長良川の晴れ (Nagaragawa no Hare)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

This song is the second A-side to Nakazawa’s 9th single.

 

強がり (Tsuyogari)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Cher Watanabe

 

東京美人 (Tokyo Bijin)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi

This track is the A-side to Nakazawa’s 7th single. 

 

上海の風 (Shanghai no Kaze)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi

This song is the A-Side to Nakazawa’s 4th single. Tsunku, her producer and songwriter, wrote on his homepage about this release:

«Once again, I was in charge of the overall production of the single for Yuko Nakazawa. As I was talking with my staff, we agreed not to limit her potential as an enka artist but to expand her horizon as a Yuko Nakazawa, just the way she was. It may fit into the category of “adult-contemporary” in J-pop. But I produced this song in hope for creating the best pop song.«

Nakazawa said in a video-interview, eight years after the release:

«[Showing the cover of the cd single] Can’t you see I am smiling? I’m smiling right? Because it’s not enka. I was so happy to be honest. (lol) I don’t know how this came about, but back then, I was still uncomfortable seeing myself as an enka singer, so I was very surprised when I received this song. The song had a nice Chinese-flavor to it.»

 

GET ALONG WITH YOU

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Cher Watanabe

«Get Along With You» is the A-side to Nakazawa’s 8th single.

 

心機一転〜CHANGING THE MIND〜 (Shinki Itten -Changing the Mind-)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shouichirou Hirata

 

二人暮し (Futarigurashi)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Masao Akashi

This track is also the A-side to Nakazawa’s 6th single.

 

悔し涙 ぽろり (Kuyashi Namida Porori)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku Arrangement: Takao Konishi

This track is also the A-side to Nakazawa’s 5th single, her best-selling single and her last single as a member of Morning Musume. It is also the last single where her first name is written in hiragana; ゆうこ (her future releases has her name in kanji; 裕子).

Tsunku once said this about the song: «Nakazawa has been known as an enka singer. This time, please enjoy her as a singer of “sexy J-pop.

 

元気のない日の子守唄 (Genki no Nai Hi no Komoriuta)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi

This song is the A-side to Nakazawa’s 9th single.

 

純情行進曲 (Junjou Koushinkyoku)

Lyrics: Toyohisa Araki | Music: Takao Horiuchi | Arrangement: Motoki Funayama

This song is the A-side to Nakazawa’s third single; the last enka single she released. She went on an extensive campaign promoting this song, earning her #1 on the Enka charts.

 

ふるさと(中澤 Version) (Furusato (Nakazawa Version))

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

«Furusato» is a cover song, originally sung by Morning Musume. It was released in 1999, and sold 275.000 copies. 

The track has been slightly re-arranged for this album release, with Suzuki doing the arrangements instead of Konishi.


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