Otsuka Ai’s 19th single, entitled バイバイ, was released on 02.25.09. The song comes as a recut single from her most recent studio album, LOVE LETTER.
バイバイ is a nice and relaxing midtempo number. The song starts off with a fun midtempo instrumental with some country influences that make it memorable. Ai then comes in singing the first verse and her vocals carry this cuteness to them without crossing the line so that the listener can still enjoy them. She sings with a little rapidity and that only adds to the fun spirit of the song. The chorus is easily the most memorable part of the song as the guitar really supports her voice and she sounds great when she sings the title of the song as there is a sweetness to it that the listener can’t help but love. The pure insrumental section allows for more guitars to come into the instrumentation and give a little more diversity. バイバイ is an enjoyable song that makes the listener really feel Ai.
In order to promote the single, a PV for バイバイ was made. The video features Ai out in the country, looking for a ride. She is eventually given one by a handsome stranger and rides in the back of his pick-up track. The video is very simple but the song is too so it’s a perfect fit.
Single Ranking: B +
Well バイバイ was a nice choice as a recut single from LOVE LETTER although there were definitely other tracks that would have been better choices. 人形 really should have been chosen as the recut single.