Stephanie featuring SRM – Pride ~A Part Of Me~ [6th Single]

January 26, 2009 at 4:30 am (Stephanie) (, )

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Stephanie’s 6th single, entitled Pride ~A Part Of Me,~ was released on 01.14.09. The title track was used as the theme song to the movie Pride, in which Stephanie plays leading role Shio Asami.

Pride ~A Part Of Me~ is a grandiose ballad filled with emotion. Sweetly, the piano introduces the listener to the song and immediately feelings of magic and hope arise. Stephanie then comes in with the first verse and gives vocals like she always does, which show emotion. Hikari Mitsushima has her part in the verse and her vocals are nice too although there is something about them that doesn’t connect as much. Once the chorus comes in, there is a very generic feeling about it, which comes as almost expected. Now Stephanie has great vocals but there is such a thing as oversinging. The girls didn’t need to sing the whole thing as loud as they could. Overall, this song was less than memorable. Even though the verses weren’t that bad, the chorus screams generic and it comes across as just another ballad.

Kisses is the single’s new song B-side. This song takes on an acoustic flavor as the acoustic guitar serves as the main instrument, pushing for a rawer emotional sound. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work. It’s hard to pinpoint the song’s problem but it there definitely is one.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Pride ~A Part Of Me~ was made but it certainly was nothing special. The video features scenes from the movie as well as the two girls standing in front of a white background singing. It’s true that Stephanie has never been known for her looks and let’s face it, this video will not change that perception. Hikari looks okay but nothing stellar. This video was a mess and they could have put a little effort into it.

Single Ranking: C

Unfortunately, Stephanie did not bring her strongest material forward with her first release of the year. Pride ~A Part Of Me~ sounds like another generic ballad that doesn’t stand out in the her discography. The B-side is incredibly bland and not even worth listening to. The sales from this single were very poor and to be honest, it’s no surprise after listening to the songs.

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