Yutaka Mizutani

Time Capsule

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He may have been busy with his acting career in the interim, but actor/singer Yutaka Mizutani had a full 22 years between his previous album and Time Capsule, and 30 since he'd last been in the Oricon Top Ten. Nonetheless, with 2008's release of Time Capsule, he found himself right back in the number two slot. Time Capsule served as a retrospective of his singing career, indeed unlocking items that had been long forgotten. Oddly enough, though, rather than a proper compilation of old recordings, Mizutani opted to record new covers of his old hits. His voice had certainly aged in the interim, but he had also gained more time as an actor, adding additional affectations to his vocals to evoke greater emotionality along the way. The music itself is fairly dated, with throwback elements from the grandiose and melodramatic era of Asian lounge music, now seeming more relevant to karaoke bars than to contemporary music. Some of the instrumentation has been updated, but the melodic ideas and vocal delivery are still trapped in a previous time and place. It's an interesting study in nostalgia, and Mizutani keeps himself in fair shape throughout the album, but the set never quite goes anywhere.