Someone must like Bonnie Pink an awful lot. As it
did with Hikaru Utada, another Japanese songstress to emerge from New York City'
community of arty young Japanese expats, Japan's media machine has kicked into overdrive
over the past month, plastering singer-songwriter Bonny Pink's bobbed haircut and
girl-next-door profile all over the television, billboards and radio. But that's where the
similarities end. Compared with Utada's catchy but forgettable J-pop, with Bonny Pink's
third release, Let Go, the Kyoto-native has created something memorable. Like her
idol Aimee Mann, Pink combines a crystal-clear voice and unencumbered singing style with
poetical, penetrating lyrics delivered in competent English and Japanese. For Let Go,
girl-with-guitar Pink enlisted legendary New York producer Mitchell Froom, who was so
impressed with Pink that he shared production credit with her. "It was a great
privilege and pleasure to work with Bonnie," Froom says. "I found her as
talented in her own style as anyone I have worked with. Bonnie shares production credit
since she had lots of opinions and so contributed a lot to the album musically."
Bonnie Pink: Akasaka Blitz,
8/18-19, 7pm, JY4800 (adv), JY5300 (door). Info: Taisuke Co. 03-5467-7740.