Hirahara Ayaka – 朱音 [17th Single]

February 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm (Hirahara Ayaka) (, )


Hirahara Ayaka’s 17th single, entitled 朱音, was released on 02.25.09. The single comes as a recut single from her latest album, Path of Independence. The title track was used as the theme song for the dorama Nippon Junrei Kokoro ni Hibiku 100 no Basho.

朱音 is a beautiful song with a story to tell. The song opens with a very pretty instrumentation that is so natural that the listener can appreciate it. Then she enters strongly on the first verse as her vocals are extremely smooth and gentle, somehow carrying a story-like element. Through the combination of the music and her voice, you can really hear a story in the song. It’s a bit hard to notice when the chorus comes in and it feels a bit sudden but it’s definitely an enjoyable part of the song. Each section of pure instrumentation is wonderful just because that prettiness comes through strongly and allows the listener to really feel it. 朱音 was a great choice for a recut single since it’s a beautiful song and Ayaka gives it such life.

ふたたび is the single’s B-side. Supported by an orchestral instrumentation, Ayaka shows us her vocal talents on this song. There’s almost a slight opera feel as she hits those higher notes wonderfully and effortlessly. Overall, it’s a very pretty song that is a good compliment to the A-side.

Single Ranking: B +

朱音 was clearly the right choice of song for a recut single. Ayaka’s vocals are great and the instrumentation is gorgeous, which make for one heck of a combination. The B-side was enjoyable too although not nearly as much as the A-side.

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