aiko – KissHug [24th Single]

July 24, 2008 at 12:26 am (aiko) (, )

aiko’s 24th single, entitled KissHug, was released on 07.23.08. The A-side was used as an insert song for the Hana Yori Dango movie.

KissHug is a sweet ballad that aiko brings to life. The song begins with a very pretty instrumental that takes the listener into the world of the song. The first verse starts and aiko’s vocals sound very sweet here, capturing the song’s atmosphere perfectly. The chorus stands out as aiko begins to show a little more vocal power and the instrumentation becomes more varied, showing off some nice light rock flares. The listener really does fall in love during the pure instrumental section, spotlighting how pretty and enjoyable the music really is. aiko’s final note sounds beautiful as it held strongly and then pure instrumentation brings the song to a close. KissHug is another great song from aiko that resonates with the listener strongly as they follow the song from start to finish.

The first B-side is 線香花火. The song starts off with a dreamy instrumental that really hooks the listener from first listen and soon the chorus starts. Her vocals sound perfect with the music and she sings with a certain rapidity that stands out to the listener very nicely. Soon the instrumentation becomes more varied with the guitar standing out more a more energy coming through. The song closes much like it began with the sweet and lulling instrumental, making 線香花火 an enjoyable song from start to finish.

水とシャンパン。is the second B-side. The song starts off with a midtempo instrumental with the piano as the focus and then the first verse begins. There is something simple but really sweet and enjoyable about the music and that simplicity really compliments aiko’s vocals. The chorus stands out as aiko gives out a little more vocal strength. Although pretty simple, aiko sounds very comfortable on it and it catches the listener’s attention well.

In order to promote the single, a PV for KissHug was made. The video is very simple as it follows aiko as she takes a ride and there is a personal feeling that arises from watching it that it doesn’t feel boring at all. At the end, she comes to meet her band as they perform the song.

Single Ranking: A –

aiko’s 24th single features three songs that show aiko’s wonderful vocals. KissHug is a great ballad that aiko brings to life strongly. 線香花火 is a very enjoyable number, picking up the energy a little more and standing out to the listener strongly. 水とシャンパン。is a nice and simple song that the listener just connects to from the moment the song opens. Overall, it’s a solid single from aiko and certainly worth checking out.

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