Aragaki Yui – うつし絵 [4th Single]

June 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm (Aragaki Yui) (, )

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Aragaki Yui’s 4th single, entitled うつし絵, was released on 05.27.09.

うつし絵 is the calming love song. The song opens up with a beautiful instrumental that has a lullaby effect to it, setting a mellow calming mood. Then Yui comes in on the first verse and her vocals wonderful, staying soft as to match the atmosphere of the music. Things become more grand for the chorus as the instrumentation becomes more emotionally intense and her vocals show a little more power while mainting that gentleness that makes them so loveable. This is an excellent soft song that feels like a lullaby, sweetly taking the listener off to a dream world.

The first B-side is the quiet dreamy track, 言えない「スキ」. Opening the song is another instrumental that feels like a lullaby, moreso than the one of the A-side actually. Again, her smooth and soft vocals stand out to the listener due to their dreamy quality. Just alongside the simple sounds of the piano, she really shines and brings the song to life. It’s kind of hard to determine when the chorus begins the first time around but it really makes the whole song feel like one continuous dream, which actually works here. Much like the A-side, it’s another soft and sweet song that will touch the listener’s heart.

ハチミツ is the second B-side of the single. Surprisingly, it begins with an upbeat instrumental that has such a happy feeling to it. That happiness is amplified when she begins singing since the brilliance comes out over the summer-like instrumental. The chorus is nice and fun, standing out and although her vocals are soft, they match the atmosphere of the instrumentation well. It’s nice to have something different on the single and shows that Yui isn’t all about soft ballads.

In order to promote the single, a PV for うつし絵 was made. The video features Yui singing in a boat to her reflection. It feels so artistic and pretty despite its simplicity so it’s a perfect match for the gentleness of the song.

Single Ranking: A –

Yui did a wonderful job on this single. うつし絵 and 言えない「スキ」both have this gentle lullaby sound that will take the listener away to a beautiful dream. She spices things up a little with ハチミツ, which has an uptempo summer sound perfect for the season. Hopefully her new album, hug, will carry the same strength as this single.


  1. Bozu said,

    Yay! You reviewed Gakky! Her album came out today, be sure to give it a listen and post your thoughts!

    • amaiyume said,

      Yeah!! I hope you enjoyed the review!!
      I was listening to the previews of her new album on iTunes and they sounded good so once I can find the album on imeem then I will review it 🙂

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