I Can Fly
Sing It Back
I Love You Always Forever
My Sunny Days
Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- Japanese ver. (limited only)
Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- English ver. (limited only)
Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- Instrumental (limited only)
1. I Can Fly
Ok, so the main promotional track for SAWA’s 3rd mini-album, it’s actually quite a departure from what her last promotional track, “Stars” was like. Instead having a harder edge, SAWA is a bit more lighter, in the synthpop sound. Sadly, the song didn’t really do anything for me because of it’s lighter image and the annoying girly vocals saying ~I Can Fly & etc.~ SAWA herself sounds a bit more refined here which makes up for some of the problems, but the song itself isn’t anything special.
2. Sing It Back
Sing It Back is actually a Japanese cover of a Moloko track. Really though, you don’t actually hear the cover until the chorus comes in. I actually find it a bit more nice compared to the stale “I Can Fly” as it sounds a lot different than her last release as well. I mean the light dance beat and the acoustic guitar here, it’s pretty cool. SAWA still is a bit sketchy on her English, but she sounds really good, especially in the slower part in the song…wow.
At first, NightDesert has a pretty ethereal background and SAWA’s ad-libbing filtering through the track. It’s funny that the arrangement has like Tourette’s syndrome because these deep synths just seem to pop in and out of the song in the most inappropriate of times. SAWA sounds good here as well, I’ve just been noticing she’s been getting better as a singer so that’s good. I like NightDesert, but the random synth parts make it hard to like it fully…
4. I Love You Always Forever
Another cover track, this one from Donna Lewis’ biggest hit. I love the original, don’t get me wrong, it’s like one of my “MUST HAVE” songs on the iPod. Sadly, SAWA just took the song and butchered horribly with such an empty arrangment and Engrish up the know-how. It really makes you wonder how she’s an English teacher. After the empty opening, the song gets a funky kind of sound going on, but c’mon, why did you slow things down and mess it up lyrically?
5. My Sunny Days
My Sunny Days is probably SAWA’s happiest tune she has right now. It has a light club feel to it, which is a nice change and her vocals are back to normal. It sounds like a more better and happier version of “I Can Fly” and thank god. SAWA in the chorus is a bit weird, but it’s not enough to really persuade me away from the song. I actually think it’s a pretty good song.
6. Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- Japanese ver.
Basically almost 2 extra minutes of song, Sing It Back got extended and is only on the limited edition of the single. Other than various instrumental parts in the song, and it’s not all crowded in the front of the song or the back. It’s still danceable and the latin sound is ever so nicely placed in the song. I thought it was a good extension.
7. Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- English ver.
I think the more important extension was the English version. It’s the same length as the last track so don’t worry about that and the arrangement is the same as well, so another thing to not worry. The new addition is SAWA using English here and even though she still is terrible at singing our language, she did a good job to not make it so horrible like she did in her Donna Lewis cover.
SAWA, like immi debuted under a major label as well and I Can Fly isn’t as good as her “TIME&SPACE* mini-album. I do know that’s it’s better than her first for sure. It sucks that she had to pick “I Can Fly” to represent this release as it’s so bland. She did win me over with Sing It Back and My Sunny Days so that’s good right? NightDesert was a little erratic for me, but it’s ok. the extension as well were alright and gave the song more life and well I Love You Always Forever is pretty bad as a cover IMO…..Average release, but I do like she’s keeping dance as her main style. immi vs. SAWA? immi had the better A-side, but SAWA didn’t have remixed to plague the single, it’s hard, but I think SAWA had a slightly better release.