Wakita Monari in my opinion is the sort of success story that I wish we would see more of from Japan’s tumultuous Idol scene. Her time in cult favorite group ESPECIA is remembered fondly by many, but to see her solo career blossom like it has after that particular chapter in her life ended has been a joy to watch. Now back with her third album “RIGHT HERE” she continues to impress with her ever developing style that makes great use of such genres as Jazz, Funk and Soul to enhance her Pop base. Collecting past singles such as “Just A “Crush For Today”” and “Espadrille de tsukamaete” along with their b-sides as well as great new tracks like “fūsen” and “LOVE TIMELINE” this is an ideal release for anyone looking to catch up with the singer’s recent releases or to check her out for the first time. If you like City Pop and haven’t already heard of Monari well, you’re welcome.