Tashika na Mono
Well well well…Eri begins this mini-album with Melody a pretty laidback ballad which is actually quite nice with the flowing strings and acousitc guitar. Eri’s vocals have gotten a bit more airy, but they still sound great. Melody was just a nice way to start the mini off.
2. Kimi Nanda
Kimi Nanda harkens back to the last 2 singles with it’s jazz-like atmosphere. Eri’s vocals are definitly more powerful in this song as well which has shown she’s been keeping up with training. The simplicity is showing though, because it isn’t filled with all those synths and such. Just drums, strings, and piano.
3. Tashika na Mono
Unlike the jazzy passages of “Kimi Nanda”, Tashika na Mono is more in the vein of a pop ballad. It’s a bit of an bore though because it’s like a good portion of other tracks, basically not original. Eri’s vocals are still good it’s just that the arrangement isn’t as good as I hoped it it would’ve been.
4. calling you
We finally get something more upbeat and calling you is like a breath of fresh air for me. It’s got a pretty hectic sound going on and there’s piano that’s playing the melody along. It’s actually really nice as it sounds like something that could’ve been used in “Mirror’s Edge” or even “FFX”. The shuffling percussion is something I haven’t heard and I kind of enjoyed it, but it’s not for everyone.
We calm down again for a straight-forward acoustic track with a bit of a country sound going on. In retrospect it is a bit like “Hidamari”, but luckily this isn’t the last track so it doesn’t fail on that account. Then again hearing a country sounding guitar was pretty interesting. Definitely something pretty cool to listen to. It’s nice to know someone else is singing along as well, but she is overpowered by Eri’s superior vocals.
6. Tsunagu Mirai
Tsunagu Mirai actually is also a bit different sounding like something Hawaiian, but you can guess that from the violin opening. I don’t know why, but I get that feeling when I listen to the song. Other than that, this is like the last few songs she’s pulled here, so I have no idea why, but get bored when listening.
Does anyone remember “Voice”? Yep, I’m instantly reminded of that track but stripped of it’s electro sound. There’s a lot of clapping and latin guitar playing all over the song which makes the song sound amazing. Eri is also without any vocal contraptions, so hearing Eri naturally take the song is just wow, it’s easily my favorite of the mini for sure.
8. DEEP BLUE
Ending us off, DEEP BLUE is once again another Eri ballad, but there’s a lot more interest than the other ballads. It also would’ve fit pretty nicely back on “nobuchikaeri”. There’s just something about it that’s enchanting and Eri’s vocals are pretty spot-on. It’s one of the nicest songs off the mini.
OMG Eri is back and even though she’s not with SONY, she still returned to the music business in good fashion. I was a little worried before this release because it’s been a long time since “nobuchikaeri” and theat album was a mix of many styles rolled into an album. Since she went indies, I wasn’t sure where she’d go, but hands is a simpler album and that’s a good thing and we got to hear more of Eri’s epicness throughout. I hope we start gettin new material from her because right now this mini-album is a good welcome back for her.