I got this CD yesterday. Very enjoyable!
I have always been fond of How Could I Ask For More.
It is in my file for a brilliant Richard Carpenter/John Bettis collaboration.
Nice saxophone "fill," and the song has a 1980's vibe going on(IMHO).
I found the complete album (titled "Something In Your Eyes") on Youtube:But my favorite is with Claire de la Fuente singing Something In Your Eyes. She makes it her own and Richard seems to encourage her input and it makes for a beautiful collaboration. I wish I could hear the others from the album it comes from.
Back to Akiko. I think that CD is out of print. The project has great songs.
Having listened to this, I'm truly grateful RC got his "synth period" out of the way before he turned his hand to Lovelines. The idea of this kind of production around Uninvited Guest or Kiss Me makes me shiver.
I'm not a big fan of her voice or her version of Something In Your Eyes. The song doesn't have the prowess of Dusty's version or the punch of Richard's original arrangement. Her voice is pleasant enough but unremarkable and her diction is quite clipped which ruins the listening experience for me, you can tell she's not singing in her native tongue.
I've got no idea why Richard obsessed over recording and performing with Asian singers who were unknown to the rest of the world. His talents over the years since Karen's passing could have been much better spent working with more formidable artists.
Oh, I owe you a big thank you for your input on Ronan Keating and Boyzone. I really like his version of I Won't Last A Day Without You and I am still learning more of his cover songs as the months go by. So far, I have about 12 favorites I keep in rotation.